Social Sciences BA (Hons)

UCAS code L300
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What is special about this course?

Are you curious about how society works and how and why people interact with one another in the way they do?

If the answer is yes, then the BA (Hons) Social Sciences degree is for you.  Here you will study society, its people and institutions, which will give you an insight into everyday life.

You will focus on sociology, politics and psychology, while the research methods element of the course will hone your research and communication skills; providing you with the tools you need to carry out independent research including your dissertation.

There are other options available to you including history and criminology.

Special features

  • You will develop your research and methodological skills, which you can take with you into your future career
  • You can specialise in particular disciplines as you progress through your studies
  • 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

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above in a relevant subject or
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Alternatively, successful completion of HNC Social Sciences may allow you to enter directly to year two of the degree
  • You may also enter year two if you have achieved 120 credits from other related study

Access routes

Any recognised Access to HE Course.

Year 1 - CertHE

Subjects may include:

  • Understanding the social world
  • Introduction to politics
  • Introduction to political ideologies
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Making social lives
  • Conflict and the balance of power in Europe
  • Psychology – individual differences
  • Politics of the British Isles
  • Foundations of research

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects may include:

  • History of political ideas
  • Comparative politics
  • Sociological theory
  • Beliefs, culture and community
  • Child development
  • Social psychology
  • Research methods 2
  • Qualitative research methods

Year 3 - BA

Subjects may include:

  • Critical inequalities
  • Work and society
  • Contemporary Scottish issues
  • Psychology of criminal justice
  • Learning in the classroom
  • Applied social research
  • Literature review
  • Modern political ideas
  • EU politics
  • Devolution in the UK

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Understanding crime
  • Social inclusion, issues and debates
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Developmental disorders
  • Global politics
  • Political theory

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 provided by your tutors and fellow students.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured) 10 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.

Start date


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?

Many graduates from the BA (Hons) Social Science degree go on to further study in social sciences. You might also like to consider careers in teacher training or social work related employment

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Sciences BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2016

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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