Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

Course code V900

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage, and related joint honours degrees, will appeal to anybody who has an interest in how the identity of the Highlands and Islands was formed, how history and decisions taken outside the region have fashioned our character and landscapes, and how that translates to life today. 

You will study a wide range of subjects allowing you to explore the key cultural, historical, literary, language, musical and philosophical issues of the region, at both regional and national levels, as well as placing them within a global context. The programme covers everything from art, film, and literature, to museums, Vikings, and language.

The course is aimed at anyone who wishes to study in this growing interdisciplinary field. You can set your own research agenda, enabling you to choose your topics for study at all levels. Teaching is multi-disciplinary, and you will bring this all together in your learning throughout your studies.

Take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wealth of culture and heritage within the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and gain an understanding of our place in the world today. 

Please see our FAQ sheet for further information on this course.

Special features

  • Gain a unique understanding of the communities of the Scottish Highlands and Islands – the customs, traditions and values
  • Choose from a range of many interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Study to suit your personal circumstances, full-time or part-time 
  • Study individual modules for personal or professional development
  • Choose this single-honours programme or one of our joint-honours programmes, combining Culture and Heritage with nine other subjects


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.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

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

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

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Folklore
  • Tradition, custom and belief

You will choose two of the following option modules:: 

  • Languages on the edge
  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Displaying the past: museum studies 

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

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Scotland in film
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society

You will also choose one option module from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

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

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • 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.

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
  • HTC
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

  • Primary and secondary teaching in English, history and modern studies
  • Interpretation with a range of wildlife or heritage groups, including Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, NatureScot, and Scottish Forestry
  • Heritage and tourism sectors
  • Museums, archives and libraries sector
  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Research and academia
  • Community development
  • Policy development
  • Marketing and PR
  • Journalism and the media

Can I progress into further study?

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

Is there more information available online?

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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.


Apply for Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

  • Applications to this course are now closed for September 2023 entry. Applications for September 2024 will open in September 2023. Please revisit this page then to apply.

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.