Culture, Heritage and Literature BA (Hons)

Course code V90L

What is special about this course?

Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. Joint honours programmes give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals. You will usually concentrate on both subjects equally. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.

This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to study in a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field. You can set your own research agendas, choosing your topics for study at all levels and bringing together the multi-disciplinary teaching and learning you will experience throughout your studies.   

You will have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wealth of the fascinating and varied culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and, using a wide range of authors and texts, from classic to contemporary, explore literature in a global context, looking in-depth at language and literary history.

Special features

  • Gain a unique understanding of Scotland and the communities of the Highlands and Islands: the customs, traditions and values
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development
     

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 Sciences (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

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.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following modules.

Culture and Heritage:

  • Scotland the brand OR What is culture?
  • Culture. Heritage. What? OR Scotland's music

Literature:

  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
  • Theories of literature: an introduction

You will also study two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules.

Culture and Heritage:

  • Tradition, custom and belief 
  • You will also choose one of the following:
  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Languages on the edge
  • Displaying the past: museum studies

Literature: 
You will choose two of the following:

  • Mediaeval literature: texts and contexts
  • An introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy

You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 3 - BA

You will study one core module in Culture and Heritage:

  • Interdisciplinary project

Plus two options which may include:

  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Visions of the past
  • Scotland in film
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

You will also study three Literature modules, which may include:

  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
  • Nature writing and ecology
  • Continental philosophy
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750–1830
  • Risk anything! The modernist short story
  • Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in either Culture and Heritage or Literature. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Culture and Heritage modules may include:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Faeries and fables: the story of Gaelic literature
  • Visual research methods
  • Highland journeys
  • Vikings and Valkyries

Literature modules may include:

  • Avant-garde literature
  • Apocalyptic fictions
  • Metafiction: self-referential texts
  • Satire: the art of attack
  • Past and present: historiography

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. As this course was designed using our blended learning approach it will be delivered through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. Further information will be provided by your home campus. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of scheduled video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is normally a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which you should attend at your 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

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


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
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Degrees2020-212021-22
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-timeLevel2020-212021-22
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 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 or pre-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.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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:

  2020-212021-22
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 students 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.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Literature, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Primary and secondary teaching  
  • Tourism 
  • Research and academia  
  • Museums, archives and libraries sector 
  • Government agencies and local authorities 
  • Research and academia  
  • Community development 
  • Marketing and PR  
  • Policy development  
  • Journalism and the media 

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Literature to the following postgraduate courses:

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I love Shetland and couldn’t really imagine living in a city. This course allows me to study while continuing to work and live in the same place. Through my work I have a passion for Shetland and the History of the Highlands and Islands, so this course seemed to be the perfect progression in my education.

 

Ailish Parham, BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage student.

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