The University of the Highlands and Islands has considerable research strengths in history and boasts the highest ranked new history department in the UK.

Our history research was rated internationally excellent and world leading (REF 2014).

Beth Fraser,
BA History and Theology student

“ I enjoy the style of teaching. Often a significant part of seminars is discussion based and it’s fantastic to hear other students’ take on a question. They’ve often read a different article from you, or analyse the same information, but have a totally different conclusion. I really enjoy that, you learn a lot from other people. I love my subjects. I always found history interesting but that interest has grown and grown into real enjoyment. Theology was attractive to me both as a Christian and as someone who likes history – understanding the Bible and the Church is key to gaining a clearer insight into the last 2000 years of world history.”

Michael Fraser,
BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology

“ I spent two years in Finland where I participated in video conference lectures remotely and had a great experience learning Finnish Archaeology. I wrote my dissertation project comparing Finnish Stone Age to Scottish. ”

After successfully completing his degree in 2014, Michael progressed on to the MLitt Archaeological Studies and graduated in 2015.

Centre for History

The newest university history department in the UK, the Centre for History comprises an ambitious and vibrant team of historians, committed to teaching and research of international reach and significance. Our work focuses on the history of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, and the wider world, from the medieval period to the twentieth century.

All of the centre’s lecturers are research-active, visiting archives; writing books and articles that are published by leading academic presses; and presenting their research to a wider public audience through engagement with local and regional community groups and cultural organisations.

Professor Jane Downes,
Director of the Archaeology Institute

“ The Archaeology Institute combines the academic and scholarly prowess of the teaching team, who are based across the Highlands and Islands, with the professional and applied skills of the consultancy field unit Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA). We are the only Scottish university with an archaeology teaching department to have such a dynamic ‘in-house’ relationship with the archaeology industry. This ’real-world’ professional insight means that added value is given to the student experience. ”

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the only university based in our region – Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire. We provide access to undergraduate and postgraduate study and research opportunities through our network of colleges and research centres, offering students a natural, supportive environment during their university studies.

Many of our undergraduate courses are developed in partnership with industry professionals to ensure that our graduates have the skills and experience required by employers. Others capitalise on the unique assets of our region, such as the environment, culture and heritage, and offer progression to research opportunities in these internationally important fields.

With locations spread across the Highlands and Islands, students can choose the university campus that suits. It might be close to home, or offer a course of interest, or there might be something special about a specific location. Students can also choose to create their own campus by studying online, when and where it suits them.

In 2015, 95% of the university’s graduates, who studied with us on a full time basis, entered work or further study (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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