Geography, Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

Course code L7CH

What is special about this course?

Geography is the study of the Earth and the link between physical and human landscapes. It explores the relationships between people, place and the environment and how these vary across and between places. Our BA (Hons) Geography, Culture and Heritage considers these links from a humanities and social science perspective, focusing on issues such as land use, planning and development, globalisation, climate change, energy, and tourism, in order to examine human relationships with the environment as well as the subjects of key cultural, literary, linguistic, historical, musical and philosophical issues at a national and regional level.  

A degree in Geography, Culture and Heritage provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand many aspects of our rapidly changing world, equipping you to tackle real-world problems in a range of organisations and sectors, with the wide curriculum developing both specialist and transferable skills. You will also be able to immerse yourself in the wealth of fascinating culture and heritage that the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has to offer, and gain an understanding of its place in a global context.

Geography graduates are among the most employable, with skills developed in presenting ideas in reports and oral presentations, in data collection and analysis, and in the use of specialist mapping and statistical software.  

A significant number of Geography graduates move on to careers in finance, marketing and law, or to further postgraduate study, teaching and research. The knowledge and skills taught in this BA (Hons) Geography, Culture and Heritage degree are of relevance to many areas of employment, including: renewable energy; energy efficiency; waste management; tourism; rural and community development; agriculture; local government; planning; logistics; environmental agencies; primary and secondary teaching; interpretation; journalism and the media; heritage sector; museums; and government agencies. 

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

Special features

  • This degree is delivered by tutors with years of experience of teaching at a distance, and can be studied from home, full or part-time to suit your circumstances.
  • Geography graduates are among the least likely to be unemployed, with more than 90 per cent in work or further study within six months of graduating (Times Higher Education 2017).


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

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grades BBC or above or
  • 2 A levels at grades BC or above
  • At least 2 should be from the list of required subjects
  • Additional qualifications and experiences will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry

  • 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

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following modules:


  • Overview of energy use (S1)
  • Introduction to human geography (S2)

Culture and Heritage

Plus two of the following modules:

  • Scotland the brand OR What is culture? (S1)
  • Culture? Heritage? What? OR Scotland's music (S2)

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



Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules:


  • Atmosphere, weather and climate (S2)
  • Introduction to geographical information systems (S2)

Culture and Heritage

Plus two of the following modules:

  • Folklore OR Tradition, custom and belief (S1)
  • Golden mead and burning hearts OR Languages on the edge OR Displaying the past: museum studies (S2)

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



Year 3 - BA

You will usually study the following modules: 


  • Climate change (S1)
  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of development (S2)

Culture and Heritage

You will also choose one of the following modules:

  • Advanced social research methods (S1) OR Sustainable tourism and the environment (S2) 

Plus two of the following modules:

  • Interdisciplinary project (S1)
  • Scotland in film (S1)
  • People and the natural environment (S2)*
  • Scottish enlightenment and Highland society (S2)*
  • Perceptions of heritage (S2)
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000 (S2)

*modules run on alternative years

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in either Geography or Culture and Heritage. 

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.


Modules may include:

  • Geopolitical development issues (S1)
  • Sustainable agriculture systems (S2)
  • Sustainable energy and waste minimisation (S1)

Culture and Heritage

Modules may include:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy (S1)
  • Faeries and fables: the story of Gaelic literature (S1)
  • Highland journeys (S2)
  • Vikings and Valkyries (S2)

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ up to 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

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
  • North, West and Hebrides

Students based near to one of the listed campuses may choose to apply to, and be enrolled and supported by, their local campus. All other students should apply to, and will be enrolled and supported by, UHI North, West and Hebrides.

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.

Additional costs

If you wish to attend an optional residential weekend, or to join other field trips, contributions will be required towards the overall costs incurred. The cost will vary depending on the event, your location and the amount of other funding available towards the event (for example, HISA contributions to the Student Society Residential weekend may reduce costs for individual students). Attendance at these face to face events is optional and not essential for completion of the course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development and planning departments of local authorities 
  • Renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management roles 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • Tourism 
  • Agriculture 
  • Further postgraduate study or research 
  • Teaching 
  • Journalism and media
  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development departments of local authorities 
  • Community enterprises and community energy groups 
  • Community land initiatives 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • Voluntary sector development posts
  • International non-governmental organisations

Apply for Geography, 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.