History and Sociology BA (Hons)
UCAS code V21S
What is special about this course?
The BA (Hons) History and Sociology covers a range of approaches, from thematic modules that cover a variety of places and historical periods, to concentrated and in-depth studies of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.
Over two-thirds of the research conducted by the Centre for History was rated at 4* and 3*, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, in the latest assessment of UK university research quality.
The impact of our research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th, higher than Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. We are also the highest ranked new History department in the UK.
- The joint honours degree in two complementary subjects will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
- The degree can be studied full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
- Occasional voluntary History field trips in the university's region enhance the experience of your degree
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- At least two should be from the list of relevant subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
- This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two
Other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core history modules:
- What is history? PLUS
- A middle age: Europe 1000-1500 OR
- People, power and protest: themes in modern British history
You will also study the following two core sociology modules:
- The enquiring student
- Making social lives
You will study two further option modules from a range of history, politics, criminology and other humanities subjects.
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Historians and history PLUS
- Themes in American history OR
- A curious age: European society and culture, c1500-1750
- Sociological theory
- Beliefs, culture and community
You will study two further option modules from a range of history, literature and other humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study:
- one of the two core modules (either Public history or Advanced social research methods)
- and a further five modules, ensuring a balance of three history and three sociology modules. You may choose one Scottish history module in place of one History module
History modules may include:
- Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
- A study of things: material culture of medieval and early modern Europe
- War and chivalry in medieval Britain and France
- Cultural centres and economic powerhouses: London, Hamburg and Amsterdam during the early modern period
- Alps, Hills and Plain? Central Europe to 1918
- Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850
Sociology modules may include:
- Work and society
- Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
- Frontiers, landscapes and journeys
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in history or sociology.
You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. You may choose one Scottish history module in place of one history module.
History modules may include:
- Fght the power: music and the politics of Black America
- War cruel and sharp: a military history of the Hundred Years' War
- Gender in American Culture and Society, 1776-1917
- Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
- Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland
- Reaching the estate of manhood in late Medieval early modern Europe
- The Norman diaspora: conquest, colonisation and assimilation
Sociology modules may include:
- Network society: mass media and the information age
- Insiders and outsiders in society
- Visual research (subject to numbers)
- Restorative justice
- Cultural criminology
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with the support of your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes a weekly two-hour video conference seminar for each module, online tutor-supported study and self-directed study.
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI - Dornoch and Thurso campuses
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
|Year||Level||2021-22 Full-time||With scholarship|
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
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||£12,000||£12,360|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,000||£6,180|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,000||£2,060|
Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
Participation in any fieldtrips will be at your own expense.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) History and Sociology, you might like to consider careers in:
- Teaching and education
- The media
- Creative arts
- Marketing and PR
- Government (local and national)
- Libraries and Archives
- Museums and the heritage sector
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) History and Sociology to the following postgraduate courses:
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