History BA (Hons)

Course code V210

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in studying various periods of the past, then the BA (Hons) History degree is exactly what you are looking for. Throughout the course you will investigate the cultural, political, social and economic history of Britain, Europe and the Atlantic World, with opportunities to specialise in Scottish History. 

Each year, you will build on your analytical and research abilities through a series of skills modules. 

In the first and second years, you will follow a broad approach to the study of history from the medieval to the modern period.  

In years three and four, you will examine in-depth particular topics of history, allowing you to study specific places, periods and themes which reflect staff research specialisms. Students can choose to specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels and graduate with a BA (Hons) Scottish History degree.  

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 2014 assessment of UK Research Excellence Framework. 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

  • You will have the opportunity to focus on the history of Scotland, Britain, Europe and the Atlantic world 
  • You can specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels to enable you to exit with a Scottish History degree
  • Exciting new modules based on staffs' cutting-edge research are offered at upper level, including a flagship Public History module at third year with a range of guest speakers 
  • The Centre for History and wider humanities at UHI specialise in high quality video-conference teaching supported by a dynamic virtual learning environment and expansive online resources 
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances  
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal or professional development, which can be of particular interest to teachers looking to diversify their portfolio
  • The Centre for History holds regular 'History Talks Live' seminars, which you are welcome to attend in person or online
  • There are opportunities to volunteer at local museums and archives, and occasional (voluntary) 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 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, 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.

Other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules: 

  • What is history?
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history
  • A Middle Age: Europe 1000-1500
  • Representations of Scottish History

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities subjects. 

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules: 

  • A curious age: European society and culture, c1500-1750
  • Historians and history
  • Land and people in Scotland
  • Themes in American history

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core module: 

  • Public history

You will choose four further modules which 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 
  • Alps, hills and plain? Central Europe to 1918 
  • Crown-Magnate relations in later medieval Northern Scotland 
  • The Jacobites: patriots, rebels or opportunists? 
  • Scots in North America 
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850 

You may choose one further option module from other humanities subjects.  

If you wish to specialise in Scottish History at Level 10, you are advised to take at least one Scottish History option, and undertake a Scottish topic for your Public History project. 

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a history dissertation, which is a double-credit module that runs across both semesters.  

In addition, you will select four option modules, which may include: 

  • Fight the power: music and the politics of Black America 
  • War cruel and sharp: a military history of the Hundred Years' War 
  • The empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland
  • Gender in American culture and society, 1776-1917 
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 
  • Noble, rebel, king: Robert Bruce and medieval Scotland
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland 
  • Reaching the estate of manhood in late medieval and early modern Europe 
  • The Norman diaspora: conquest, colonisation and assimilation 
  • The Highland land wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations 

If you wish to exit with a Scottish History degree, you must undertake a Scottish History dissertation and take two Scottish History modules.

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: 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 UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September


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.
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:

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:

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.


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

Additional costs

You will be required to cover your own expenses when participating in any fieldtrips.

What can I do on completion of my course?

A History degree equips you with a whole range of invaluable, transferable skills to prepare you for the world of work beyond your studies. 

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) History or BA (Hons) Scottish History degree, potential creer paths include: 

  • Teaching 
  • Museum and heritage sector  
  • Archive and library sector 
  • Government and civil service  
  • Non-profit and charitable organisations  
  • Media and journalism 
  • Research at postgraduate level  
  • Research in business and corporate sector  
  • Student association and related support roles

Can I progress into further study?

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

Is there more information available online?

QR Code - scan to visit course page

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say

Through my volunteering work with the Centre for History, I've gained experience in statistics, cataloguing, archiving, and events. I’ve also worked with David Worthington, head of the centre, on his conference 'Unheard Voices, Unseen Communities: Perspectives on Polish Ethnicity in Scotland'.
The university’s careers service has helped me to get onto the Saltire Scotland Internship programme which means I can apply for internships across the world during the summer which I am very excited about.

I went directly into the second year after being out of university for three years. I was concerned that I would feel out of my depth going into a new field but my trepidations were immediately set aside once I met my lecturers and fellow students. While applying, I was given huge support from the admissions team. This not only solidified my decision to study here but also made the whole prospect exciting.

Victoria Whiteford is studying in her third year of the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology at our Inverness College UHI campus.

Got a question? Send us a message

Got a question? Send us a message

Send us a message
Got a question? Send us a message


Thank you for your interest in studying History BA (Hons) with us.

If you are ready to apply, please start your application below by selecting when you would like to start your course. This will take you to the UCAS website or our online application system.

If you're not quite ready, please message us or call 01463 279190 if there is anything we can do to help you with your decision. We will handle your query in line with our Privacy Notice.

Start your application

Apply for History BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

Message us

Please read our privacy notice.