Politics and Archaeology BA (Hons)

Course code L3PA

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Politics and Archaeology joint degree focuses on the different political structures and ideologies across the world and how they shape our lives, with exploration of a range of archaeological skills such as: fieldwork, surveying and post-excavation, mapped to the current occupational standards for archaeology.

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.

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

Special features

  • Study politics in a regional, national and international context
  • Opportunity to develop ‘on-the-job’ skills such as surveying, fieldwork and post-excavation
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
  • It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year; advice will be available from your personal academic tutor

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 Science (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

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules:

Politics

  • Introduction to politics OR ideas and ideologies in politics
  • The evolving politics of the British Isles

Archaeology

  • Archaeological theory and method

You will also choose two archaeology option modules, which may include:

  • Historic landscapes
  • World archaeology
  • European pre-histories
  • Archaeology and the lab (subject to validation)

Plus one further option module from our range of humanities degrees.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

Politics

  • History of political ideas
  • Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum

Archaeology

  • Excavation skills (compulsory); normally taken during Summer or Easter vacation at a site location off-campus. You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this two-week module.

You will choose two archaeology option modules, which may include:

  • Scottish archaeology
  • Digital heritages
  • Managing archaeology for contemporary society
  • Wetland archaeology (subject to validation)

Plus one further option module from our range of humanities degrees.

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core modules:

Politics

  • Advanced social research methods, plus two from the following:
  • Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
  • European politics
  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • British military history in the 20th Century
  • Wars in the promised land
  • Political sociology (subject to numbers)

Archaeology

  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Archaeological sciences

You will choose one archaeology option module, which may include:

  • Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands
  • Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
  • Archaeology project
  • Practical environmental archaeology (subject to validation)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in politics or archaeology.

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

Politics modules may include:

  • Geopolitics: territory, security, strategy
  • Political theory
  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe

Archaeology modules may include:

  • Sustainability past and present
  • Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
  • Funerary and burial archaeology
  • Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
  • Peoples, plants and animals

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. You will also undertake practical archaeology fieldwork and project work.
  • International students requiring a Student Route visa to study in the UK should apply to UHI Orkney and must be based there during their studies.
  • For more information, or if you have any questions about studying archaeology at UHI, please contact us at: studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk

How long will my course last?

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

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
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September

Fees

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

Funding

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) Politics and Archaeology there are a variety of careers you might like to consider, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media and politics
  • Archaeological contract units
  • Consultancy
  • Archives and museums
  • Government agencies and local authorities

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Apply for Politics and Archaeology 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.

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