Literature and Criminology BA (Hons)

Course code Q32C

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:

  • Literature: using a wide range of authors and texts, from classic to contemporary, explores literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history.
  • Criminology: the changing nature of crime and the social, political, historical and individual forces behind these changes

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

Special features

  • You will study literature and criminology in an international context
  • You will learn from research-active staff
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

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 subjects
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

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

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

You will study the following core modules:

Literature

  • Theories of literature: an introduction (S1)
  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile (S2)

Criminology

  • Understanding the social world (S1)
  • Introduction to criminological theory (S2)

You will choose two further option modules from a range of literature, criminology, and other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

Literature

You will study two modules, which may include:

  • Medieval literature: text and contexts (S1)
  • An introduction to Gaelic poetry (S1)
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy (S2)
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary (S2)

Criminology

You will also study two core modules:

  • History of crime and punishment (S1)
  • Practical research and analysis skills (S2)

You will choose two further option modules from a range of literature, criminology, and other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

Literature

You will choose three modules, which may include:

  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature 1750-1830 (S1)
  • Risk anything! The modernist short story (S1)
  • Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations (S1)
  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought (S2)
  • Nature writing and ecology (S2)

Criminology

You will also choose three core modules, which may include:

  • Advanced social research methods (S1)
  • Psychology of criminal justice (S1) OR Strange cases: crime literature (S1)
  • Gender, crime and justice OR Understanding violence in sport (S2)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in literature or criminology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

Literature

Modules may include:

  • Avant-garde literature (S1)
  • Apocalyptic fictions (S1)
  • Metafiction: self-referential texts (S2)
  • Satire: the art of attack (S2)

Criminology

Modules may include:

  • Globalisation of crime (S1)
  • Cultural criminology (S1)
  • Restorative justice: ideas and values (S2)
  • The darker side of the internet (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.

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

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £915
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £305

Rest of the UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status the following fees apply:

  2023-24
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £6,120
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £1,020

International students

This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2023-24
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £6,540
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £1,090

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

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) Literature and Criminology, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • Academia
  • Publishing
  • Museum and archives
  • Charities
  • The Media
  • Heritage sector
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Government
  • Writer
  • Research

The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Literature and Criminology to

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There are some amazing opportunities for students; from guest lecturers to workshops, courses and events. This year I’ve taken part in the Literature Society as President. We put on social activities and some campuses hold weekly book swapping meetings and there are larger events to attend such as the AyeWrite Festival in Glasgow. These are great ways to get to know and share your love of books with other like-minded students.

Carrie McWilliam, second year student, BA (Hons) Literature, UHI Moray campus.

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