Scottish History and Criminology BA (Hons)

UCAS code V22C

What is special about this course?

By combining the two distinct but complementary subjects of Scottish history and criminology, this joint honours degree will give you a range of future employment, advanced study or research opportunities. You will study the two disciplines, based in the Highlands and Islands, yet with an international approach that will prepare you for life beyond university.

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between Scottish history and criminology.

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.

Special features

  • Scottish history modules are taught by experts from the university's Centre for History
  • This joint honours degree gives you a broad understanding and skills base in global issues in history and criminology
  • You can study 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

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

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 academic subjects
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF 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.

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Access to Christian Theology at our university and other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following Scottish history core modules:

  • What is history? Plus
  • Scottish history, 1066-1603 Or
  • Scottish history, 1603 - 20th century

You will study the following criminology core modules:

  • Understanding the social world
  • Introduction to criminological theory

Plus two further option modules from a range of history, criminology, politics and other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

Scottish history

  • Historians and history Plus
  • Land and people: the Scottish Highlands 1700-2000 Or
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic

Criminology

  • History of crime and punishment
  • Politics of policing

You will choose two further option modules from a range of history, criminology, politics and other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will study:

  • one of the core modules (Public history or Advanced social research methods)
  • plus a further five modules, ensuring a balance of three Scottish history and three Criminology modules. You may take one history module in place of one Scottish history module.

Scottish history modules may include:

  • Crown-magnate relations in later medieval northern Scotland
  • Scots in North America
  • Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland
  • The sovereignty of the sea?

Criminology modules are:

  • Psychology of criminal justice
  • Understanding violence in sport
  • Gender, crime and justice

 

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in Scottish history or Criminology.

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. You may choose one History option in place of a Scottish history option.

Scottish history modules may include:

  • The empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland
  • Merchants, mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
  • The Highland wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations
  • Culture and Christianity in the Highlands and Islands
  • The seventeenth century in the Highlands
  • Royal power, propaganda and performance: selling the Stewart Monarchy
  • Noble, Rebel, King: Robert Bruce and Medieval Scotland

Criminology modules may include:

  • Cultural criminology
  • Globalisation of crime
  • Restorative justice
  • The darker side of the internet

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from 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

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2019-202020-21
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

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:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

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 and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

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:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

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 RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

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) Scottish History and Criminology, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:

  • Teaching and research
  • Media and politics
  • Journalism
  • Local and national government
  • Museums and libraries

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Criminology to the following postgraduate courses:

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