History, heritage and social studies


Our unique culture and history play a huge part in what makes Scotland special.

At UHI you can choose to study archaeology on the Orkney Isles with world-renowned sites on your doorstep such as Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Camster Cairns, and Mousa Broch, some of which predate Stonehenge and are up up to 5000 years old.

Learn about Scotland’s Viking connections from recognised experts in this field, to re-evaluate the Vikings' past, present, and future.

Immerse yourself in Gaelic language, culture, heritage and traditions at our Sabhal Mòr Ostaig campus on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Learn more from our lecturers: History, heritage and social studies at UHI >

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Pathways to study

Pathways to study

If you don't initially meet the entry requirements for degree study there is always another route and you may want to consider an HNC or access course. 

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Graduates progress into a variety of roles:

  • Archaeological contract units
  • Archives, libraries and museums
  • Creative arts and writing
  • Court and security services
  • Media, marketing, PR, journalism and publishing
  • Teaching, education and academia
  • Tourism and heritage


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  • 24% Archaeology graduates work as a natural and social science professional, the most popular role for those working in the UK.
  • 68% of graduates employed
  • 15m The top ten jobs held by history graduates employed in the UK, 15 months after graduation, include teaching professionals, sales, marketing and related associate professionals, business, research and administrative professionals, media professionals and finance professionals



Why our students love UHI

Caitlin, history graduate

My advice to potential applicants would be to do it! Everything you could possibly imagine is within UHI and you can gain the qualification that you want while staying local.

Caitlin studied the BA (Hons) History at UHI Argyll.

Caitlin Crawford


Jennifer Mewes

Jennifer, literature and theology student

I choose UHI as it was the only university to offer a joint honours degree in both theology and literature. My tutors had been great– supportive, helpful and encouraging independent and informed thinking. I’ve been really impressed by the support provided for the lectures online. I’ve done online courses before, but the support at UHI is by far the best.

Jennifer is studying the BA (Hons) Literature and Theology at Highland Theological College UHI.