Scottish History with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS code V2Q5
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What is special about this course?

The Scottish History element of this degree will allow you to examination in detail key themes within the country’s history from the medieval period to the present day. You will have the opportunity to analyse social, cultural, economic, political and demographic change within Scotland, and its links with Britain, Europe and the wider world.

This degree will also, however, allow you to do more than just study Scottish History. It gives those with an interest in Gaelic language, culture and society to take optional modules in these areas and have this recognised in their degree award.


Special features

  • This new degree combines the study of Scottish History with the opportunity to learn or develop Gaelic language skills
  • The Gaelic Studies element also compliments the Highlands and Islands history strand that runs through the Scottish History part of the programme.
  • Flexible study options will allow you to fit your studies around your personal circumstances
  • You can also 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  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Scottish History,1066-1603
  • Scottish History,1603-20th Century
  • The Atlantic World: The Old World Meets the New
  • Gaelic for Learners 1A
  • Gaelic for Learners 1B
  • Gaelic Story and Song
  • The Gaelic World 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Land and People: The Scottish Highlands
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic
  • Travelling Cultures, Global Diasporas
  • Gaelic for Learners 2A
  • Introduction to Gaelic Poetry
  • The Gaelic World 2

Year 3 - BA

Students in third year will undertake the Historiographical Essay module. You will also choose five option modules, which may include:

  • Scotland and Ireland Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland
  • Crown-Magnate Relations in Later Medieval Northern Scotland
  • Scotland in Film
  • Traditional Culture Nationalism and National Identity
  • Developing Communities in the 21st century

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Students in fourth year are required to undertake a dissertation module in Scottish History. You will also choose four option modules, which may include:

  • Culture and Christianity in the Highlands and Islands
  • A Society at War?
  • Scotland, 1296-1403
  • Noble, Rebel, King: Robert Bruce and Medieval Scotland
  • Merchants, Mariners and Maritime Marauders: Scottish Trade in the Early Modern Period
  • Traditional Culture in the 21st Century
  • Sustainable Development
  • Language Policy in the Workplace

How will I study my course?

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

You will learn mainly through a combination of video conference lectures and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which provides reading for students to complete before class, with support from tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years
  • Part time (structured): 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 2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government. The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

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 2017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** 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 and 2017-18)

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:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***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 with Gaelic Studies course, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider, including:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Consultancy
  • Archives & Museums
  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Tourism and heritage management

Can I progress into further study?

You may progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History with Gaelic Studies to postgraduate study including: 

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 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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