Scottish History and Politics BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

By combining the two distinct but complementary subjects of Scottish History and Politics, this joint honours degree will give you a range of future employment, advanced study or research opportunities. You will study the two disciplines, based in the Highlands and Islands, yet with an international approach that will prepare you for life beyond university.

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between Scottish history and politics. You will study the history and politics of Scotland, Britain, Europe, and the wider world.

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

  • Scottish history modules are taught by experts from the UHI Centre for History
  • This joint honours degree gives you a broad understanding and skills base in global issues in history and politics
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

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.

Year 1 - CertHE

History subjects, from which you will choose two, may include:

  • Scottish history, 1066-1603
  • Scottish history, 1603-20th century
  • The Atlantic world, c. 1492-1800: the old world meets the new

Politics subjects may include:

  • Conflict and the balance of power
  • Introduction to politics
  • Politics of the British Isles

Year 2 - DipHE

You will choose two history subjects which may include:

  • Land and people: the Scottish Highlands
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic
  • Travelling cultures, global diasporas

Politics subjects may include:

  • History of political ideas
  • Scottish politics
  • Comparative politics

Year 3 - BA

History subjects, from which you will choose three, may include

  • Histographical essay
  • Scotland and Ireland, 1800-1939
  • Crown-magnate relations in later medieval northern Scotland
  • Scots in North America
  • Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • The sovereignty of the sea? pirates, politicians and the evolution of territorial waters during early modern period
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland

You will also choose three politics subjects may include:

  • Advanced social research methods
  • Devolution, federalism and territorial Politics
  • European politics
  • Modern political ideas
  • Wars of the promised land

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. The following lists show all the options, however they are again available on a rotation basis each year.

History subjects may include:

  • Culture and Christianity in the Highlands and Islands, 1742-1893
  • Merchants, mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
  • A Society at War? Scotland, 1296-1403
  • The Seventeenth Century in the Highlands
  • Noble, Rebel, King: Robert Bruce and medieval Scotland
  • The Highland wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations

Politics subjects may include:

  • Principles and issues in global politics
  • Political theory
  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Transforming regimes in eastern Europe

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and online study via the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 4 Years
  • Part time: 8 Years

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 the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Scottish History and Politics course, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:

  • Teaching and research
  • Media and politics
  • Journalism
  • Local and national government
  • Museums and libraries

Can I progress into further study?

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

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Scottish History and Politics 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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