Scottish History BA (Hons)

UCAS code V212
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in Scottish and Highlands and Islands history, then the BA (Hons) Scottish History degree is exactly what you’re looking for.

Throughout the course, you will investigate the cultural, political, social and economic links between Scotland and the northern European and northern Atlantic regions.

In the first and second years, you will follow a traditional broad approach to the study of history from the medieval to the modern period. In years three and four you will have the opportunity to examine in-depth specific places, periods and themes which reflect the research specialisms of the expert staff at the university's Centre for History. 

Over two-thirds of the research conducted by the Centre for History was rated at 4 and 3*, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, in the latest assessment of UK university research quality.

The impact of our research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th, higher than Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. We are also the highest ranked new History department in the UK.

Special features

  • This course provides opportunities to focus on the history of the Highlands and Islands
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
  • You will gain and polish your research skills

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social Sciences plus 3 additional SQA credits, adding up to 120 points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to arts, social science and primary education (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to community education and humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to degree studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to humanities (Edinburgh College, Fife College and Perth College UHI)
  • Access to languages with business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to languages, arts and social sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to university (West Lothian College)
  • Access to university study (Dundee & Angus College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Scottish history: 1066 to 1603
  • Scottish history: 1603 to 20th century
  • Themes in modern British history c.1815 - 1939
  • Renaissance, reformations and revolt: Europe, c.1400 to 1789

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities and social sciences subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • The Scottish Highlands 1851 - 2005
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic
  • From Champlain to Vimy Ridge: a history of Canada
  • Travelling cultures, global diasporas

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities and social sciences subjects.

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Historiographical essay
  • British military history
  • Scotland and Ireland 1800-1939
  • Scots in North America: identity and experience
  • Gender in 19th and 20th century Britain
  • Alps, hills and plain: Central Europe to 1918
  • Cultural centres and economic powerhouses: London, Hamburg and Amsterdam during the early modern period.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Culture and Christianity in the Highlands,
  • A Society at War, Scotland, 1296 to 1403
  • Britain's Empire: colonies and consequences, 1783 to 1950
  • The 17th century in the Highlands
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years' War, 1618 to 1648
  • Gender in American culture and society

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from yout turors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week:
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Scottish History course, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider such as:

  • Teaching
  • Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Government positions in the museums and libraries sector
  • Media and journalism

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History to the following postgraduate course:

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Scottish History BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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