Archaeology and Criminology BA (Hons)
UCAS code V40C
What is special about this course?
Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. 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. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.
This joint degree covers:
- Archaeology: exploration of a range of archaeological skills such as fieldwork, surveying and post-excavation, mapped to the current occupational standards for archaeology
Criminology: the changing nature of crime and the social, political, historical and individual forces behind these changes
- Opportunity to gain ‘on-the-job’ skills such as surveying, fieldwork and post-excavation
- Our studies are linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands region within a global context
- You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
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 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.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Archaeology and Criminology with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Year 1 - CertHE
Core modules are:
- Archaeological theory and method
- Understanding the social world
- Introduction to criminological theory
You will also choose two archaeology option module, which may include:
- Historic landscapes
- World archaeology
- European prehistories
- Science and archaeology
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- Excavation skills (compulsory) - taken during Summer 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
- History of crime and punishment
- Politics of policing
You will choose two scheme option modules and one archaeology option module from:
- Scottish archaeology
- Digital heritage
- Managing archaeology for contemporary society
- Wetland archaeology
Year 3 - BA
Core modules are:
- Archaeology and interpretation
- Archaeological sciences
- Psychology of criminal justice
- Archaeology project OR Advanced social research methods
- Gender, crime and justice OR Understanding violence in sport
You will choose three further modules in each subject area; options may include:
- Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands
- Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
- Practical environmental archaeology
- Archaeology placement
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in archaeology or criminology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.
Archaeology option modules may include:
- Sustainability past and present
- Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
- Funerary and burial archaeology
- Landscape archaeology
- Neolithic Orkney
- The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
- Peoples, plants and animals
- Biomolecular archaeology
Criminology option modules may include:
- Globalisation of crime
- Cultural criminology
- Restorative justice: ideas and values
- The darker side of the internet
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference seminars, as well as online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and student advisor
- For more information, or if you have any questions about studying archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 35 hours per week
- Part-time: 8 years @ 12 to 18 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 College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|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:
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 and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
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||£11,650||£12,000|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,820||£6,000|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,940||£2,000|
Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa 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 RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous 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 your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have completed your degree you might like to consider careers in:
- Archaeological contract units
- Archives and museums
- Social policy and management
- Government agencies and local authorities
- Tourism and heritage management
- Community development worker
- Social worker
- Youth worker
- Central and local government
- The police and prison services
- The court services
- Security services
- Non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS
- Educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Archaeology and Criminology to the following postgraduate courses or to postgraduate research:
- MSc Archaeological Practice
- MLitt Archaeological Studies
- MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
- MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
- MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies
- MLitt Viking Studies
- MSc Psychology Conversion
- PgCert Research Methods
- Med Tertiary and Higher Education
- MSc Sustainable Rural Development
- MSc Interpretation: Management and Practice
- MLitt Scottish Heritage
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What our students, graduates and staff say
The course content was probably the main thing that made it right for me, but the class sizes were important as well. I had a slight fear of having to sit in a big lecture hall, but with VC classes you don’t have that. I had considered other universities but the course content offered here was closer to what I wanted to study. My advice would be to have fun, get to know other people on your course, and never be afraid to ask for help.
Lucy Brayson, BA (Hons) Archaeology student.
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