As an undergraduate student you will have the opportunity to explore various periods and places of the past under the guidance of our expert staff. Our programmes combine a traditional broad approach to history in the first and second years with an in-depth approach to specific topics based on staff research specialisms in the third and fourth years. Throughout your degree you will also be supported to develop your research abilities through a range of skills modules. As part of our student community, you will have access to our online common room and be able to take advantage of extra-curricular activities including quizzes, field trips, online reading weekends and public lectures.

We offer a single BA Honours degree in History and a wide range of joint BA Honours degree programmes. Students can also choose to specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels and graduate with a BA (Hons) Scottish History degree.

Joint BA Honours Degree Programmes 

Please contact us for further information or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Studying History at UHI

Find out how we use video and virtual learning environments to communicate and interact with our students in this useful video, and find out more about Student Life at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Studying Humanities at UHI

Humanities is an umbrella term for a wide range of subjects that explore and analyse aspects of human society from a critical perspective. Humanities students learn about social issues, cultural values, and other valuable life skills that can be deployed in other areas of their life. The classes always have an atmosphere of open discussion among students where we want to hear what you think. This is a recording of our recent Humanities Open Evening, held on 7 December 2023. 

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Part-time study and short courses

Part-time study and short courses

We offer a wide variety of History and Scottish History modules at various levels which may be taken for personal interest or for career development, such as by teachers wishing to upskill or expand their portfolio. These can be taken as credit-bearing short courses (with assessments) or on an audit basis (without assessment). These modules are available for study at our centres across Scotland and all are registered for ITA funding.

Applicants should apply by clicking on the relevant programme above. Acceptance on to a short course is dependent on the candidate meeting the degree entry requirements or otherwise at the discretion of the Programme Leader.

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Our Undergraduate Prize Winners

Our Undergraduate Prize Winners

TA Sillars Prize

This annual prize is supported by a generous donor, in memory of their father who was a retired headteacher and a keen educationalist with an interest in history and English. It is awarded to a student who has surpassed expectations during their studies and has completed the BA or BA (Hons) in History, Literature (with a focus on English), or a joint degree in both. 

Professor James Hunter Dissertation Prize

Each year, the Centre for History is delighted to award the Professor James Hunter dissertation prize to the best first class dissertation of the year. Here are our past winners.

Fiona Dendy, BA (Hons) Scottish History (2022-23)

Fiona's dissertation, “The Services of a Female Teacher Should be Secured”, Opportunities and Limitations for Female Teachers in Rural Inverness-shire 1872-1914, was described as clearly first-class work, demonstrating deep engagement with primary sources and relevant literature’.

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Caitlin Jackson, BA (Hons) History (2021-22)

Caitlin was awarded the James Hunter Dissertation Prize for her outstanding piece of work, ‘Porcelain objects: What can a material analysis tell us about cultural dialogue between the East and West in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries?’ Caitlin went on to continue her studies with an MSc in History at the University of Edinburgh.

Recent graduate Caitlin Jackson in her garden

Ben Delaney, BA (Hons) History (2020-21)

Ben graduated with a first-class Honours degree in History from Orkney College UHI. His dissertation, 'Material cultural analysis of book and manuscript illustrations' examined fifteenth and sixteenth century illustrations to determine what world-views they suggest and asked: do they represent evidence of continuity, modernity, or a blend of both in the knowledge of Renaissance era Europeans?

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  • Silja Roethinger, BA (Hons) Scottish History and Politics - The Scottish Highlands and the British Empire during the 1920s and 1930s


  • Victoria Whiteford, BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology - ”We are not inclined to surrender historical truth”: an analysis of the treatment of Thomas Mulock and his book, The Western Highlands, within Scottish historiography


  • Brenda Grant, BA (Hons) Scottish History - A Woman's Fight: the Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915



  • Lesley B. Durrant, BA (Hons) History and Politics - Southern Scotland's Fourteenth Century Wartime Experience



  • Mary Souter, BA (Hons) Scottish History - Highland Madness: Pauper Lunatics in Inverness District Lunatic Asylum 1864-1914


  • Ailsa Raeburn, BA (Hons) Scottish History - Territorial Power and Control in Medieval Argyll
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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

Full details of fees for the current academic year can be found by clicking the relevant programme above.

Please check our website for funding opportunities for new and continuing students.

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Student support

Student support

We are committed to enhancing your student experience, so when you become a student with us you will have access to a wide range of services to support you throughout your journey, from application to graduation and beyond.

Whether you require assistance with your studies, additional needs or disability matters, mental health and wellbeing, or financial support, help is always at hand and the Student Support pages will direct you to the appropriate information or staff member. The Essential Student Skills guide will help you navigate our technology, the Virtual Learning Environment, the library and electronic resources, and generally provide you with the tools to become an effective learner.

We look forward to welcoming you and to supporting you throughout your student journey!