UHI offers a single BA (Hons) History where students can opt to specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels and graduate with a BA (Hons) Scottish History, as well as a wide range of joint BA (Hons) degree programmes with subjects such as criminology, sociology, geography or politics.


In the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey UHI received a score of 95% student satisfaction. This result means that we achieved the highest rating of any Scottish university and are ranked fourth out of the 91 participating institutions across the UK. Our history research was rated internationally excellent and world leading (REF 2014).


  • Our BA (Hons) Politics degree offers both full or part time study with an optional placement module in the third year, based in a political environment
  • Our BA (Hons) Criminology and BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology degrees provide the opportunity for you to attend the annual Social Sciences conference, with the chance to present at the conference in your 4th year, further enhancing the graduate skills you develop as part of the course
Dr Lucy Dean, lecturer and interim undergraduate programme leader for History. content Lucy Dean

Dr Lucy Dean, lecturer and interim undergraduate programme leader for History.

“ For me, two of the most exciting things about our programmes are  the interdisciplinarity available and the accessibility to study through online and blended learning methods, and – in turn – the diverse range of students that this attracts, enabling  many to pursue goals they may not otherwise have felt possible. I have been enjoying bringing new medieval and early modern layers and perspectives rooted in my own research into the core skills modules on the programmes, supporting students in exploring new lines of enquiry, and seeing the fascinating ways in which our students respond. Learning is definitely a two-way street at this level! ”

Silja Roethinger, BA (Hons) Scottish History and Politics content Silja Roethinger

Silja Roethinger, BA (Hons) Scottish History and Politics

“ I loved the fact that you could study at a campus, from home, and at the same time be networked with students from other campuses across the beautiful Highlands and Islands. This degree combines three of my main interests: Scotland, history and politics, and has taught me invaluable academic skills. If everything goes to plan, I hope to continue on to the university's MLitt British Studies. ”

Kirsteen Bell, BA (Hons) Literature content Kirsteen Bell

Kirsteen Bell, BA (Hons) Literature

“ I’ve been writing for our local paper, the Lochaber Times, as well as having more of my work accepted for publications such as The Selkie and Caught by the River. I'm delighted to have won the Katharine Stewart Award from Moniack Mhor, which was amazing, so I’m looking forward to working on a book proposal during the writers retreat that is part of the award. I also work as a relief library assistant at Fort William library and I’ve been invigilating at West Highland College UHI. All this still fits around my family and I love the variety of the work. It’s been wonderful to build on the skills and knowledge that I gained during my degree and I’m looking forward to the university's new MRes in Eco-literature which I plan starting in September. ”

Kirsty Turkington, BA (Hons) Social Sciences content Kirsty Turkington

Kirsty Turkington, BA (Hons) Social Sciences

“ Social sciences is an area I have always been interested in and, speaking to friends from other universities, I feel my experience has been unique here! I really enjoy the modern style of lecturing where the materials are provided to you in advance and instead of a lecture we have a collaborative discussion. It gives us the chance to argue points with peers, and I feel that helps students engage more in the classroom. ”

Rev Andrea Boyes, BA (Hons) Theological Studies content Andrea Boyes

Rev Andrea Boyes, BA (Hons) Theological Studies

“ Starting as a parish minister at a new church is always an adventure. Each day is different and it’s a privilege and a joy to walk alongside people of faith or none. My roles are varied from leading Sunday worship, acting as a school chaplain, conducting baptisms, weddings and funerals to visiting those who need a prayer and a little support. ”