History and Theology BA (Hons)

Course code V21T

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) History and Theology is led by HTC and the university's Centre for History, both of which possess recognised expertise in their respective fields. This joint degree provides a distinctive study opportunity combining two different but complementary subjects

The history element provides a thorough examination of medieval, early modern and modern Britain, Europe and the wider world. The theology element, while also engaging with other Christian traditions, focuses on theology, primarily from an evangelical and Reformed perspective.

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

You can also choose to specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels and graduate with a BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology degree. 

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

Special features

  • You will have access to recognised experts in both disciplines with specific research interests that are reflected in their teaching
  • HTC is recognised by the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church and other denominations as a training provider
  • You will have access to a wealth of resources through the university's Libraries and Electronic Resources and HTC's impressive library has over 60,000 titles, including three special collections.
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
  • You can specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels to enable you to exit with a Scottish History and Theology degree 
  • The humanities staff at UHI specialise in high quality video-conference teaching supported by a dynamic virtual learning environment and expansive online resources 
  • There are opportunities to volunteer at local museums and archives, and occasional voluntary field trips in the university's region also 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 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.

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 core module: 

  • What is history? (S1) 

Plus, a choice of one of the following modules: 

  • People, protest and power: themes in modern British history (S1) 
  • A middle age? Europe c. 1100-1500 (S2) 
  • Empire, environment and identity: Scotland 1600-2000 (S2) 


You will choose two from the following modules:

  • Protestant Reformation (S2)
  • Introduction to systematic theology (S1)
  • Pentateuch (S2)
  • Jesus and the Gospels (S1)

You will study two further option modules from a range of history, theology, and other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE


You will study the following core module:

  • Historians and history (S2)

Plus, a choice of one of the following three modules:

  • A curious age: European society and culture, 1500-1750 (S1)
  • Court, Kirk and Burgh in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (Semester TBC) 
  • Themes in American history (Semester TBC)


You will study two of the following modules:

  • Early church history (S1)
  • Old Testament prophecy (S1)
  • Person and work of Christ (S2)
  • Pauline theology (S2)

You will study two further option modules from a range of history, theology, and other humanities subjects. Please note that if you are a direct entrant to second year, we strongly advise that you take the Level 7 core module, What is History?, as one of your options. Please contact historyhelp@uhi.ac.uk to discuss this further.

Year 3 - BA

You will study one of the two core project modules: 

  • Public history (S2) OR 
  • Theological Studies Project (SC) 

You will also study a further five option modules, ensuring a balance of three History modules and three Criminology modules in total.


Modules may include:

  • Clash of civilisations: the Crusades, 1096-1198
  •  Alps, hills and plain? Central Europe to 1918
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850
  • Crown-Magnate relations in later medieval Northern Scotland
  • Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
  • Scots in North America
  • The Jacobites: patriots, rebels or opportunists?
  • War and chivalry in medieval Britain and France
  • Dynastic decline and religious violence: Valois France, 1550-1610

Students wishing to specialise in Scottish History at Level 10 are advised to take at least one Scottish History option, plus undertake a Scottish topic for your Public History project, or two Scottish History options if you are not taking Public History.


Modules may include:

  • Scottish church history (S1)
  • Doctrine of God (S2)
  • Hebrews (S1)
  • Wisdom literature (S2)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or theology.

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. Please see notes below if you wish to specialise in Scottish History.


Modules may include:

  • Fight the power: music and the politics of Black America
  • War cruel and sharp: a military history of the Hundred Years' War
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • 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 empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland  
  • Noble, Rebel, King: Robert Bruce and medieval Scotland 
  • The Highland land wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations 

If you wish to exit with a BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology degree you must undertake a Scottish History dissertation plus one further Scottish history or history module, OR if you are undertaking a Theology dissertation, two of the three History modules must be in Scottish History.


Modules may include:

  • Holy Spirit and the Word (S1)
  • Luke-Acts (S1)
  • Medieval church history (S2)
  • Christian ethics (S2)
  • Guided reading (S1 or S2)
  • Hermeneutics (S1)
  • Exploring psalms (S2)

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.
  • International students requiring a Student Route visa to study in the UK should apply to HTC and must be based there during their studies.

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
  • HTC - you may choose to study at Dingwall or Paisley, subject to availability
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney College UHI
  • 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.

Additional costs

Participation in any field trips or face-to-face activities will be at your own expense. Costs will vary dependent on student location etc. Attendance at such 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 the BA (Hons) History and Theology or BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • Churches, missionary societies and agencies
  • Museums and the heritage sector
  • Libraries and archives
  • Government (local and national) and the civil service
  • Non-profit-making organisations
  • Research at postgraduate level
  • Research in the business and corporate sector
  • The media and journalism

Can I progress into further study?

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

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  • 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.

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