Literature BA (Hons)
Course code Q320
What is special about this course?
If you are passionate about reading, thinking and writing and would like to turn this interest into a career, the BA (Hons) Literature is ideal for you.
You will explore literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history within texts and on the international literary stage.
Studying literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands is not ‘English’, and nor is it ‘Scottish’. Our modules cover a wide range of authors, in English and translation, as well as theory from classic to contemporary. With a solid foundation in genres and periods in years 1 and 2, and research-based modules in years 3 and 4, our graduates are confident and enthusiastic writers, researchers and readers.
We teach a range of advanced specialist modules alongside more traditional content, and you are able to combine your studies with other disciplines. You will also study language, translation and the interrelation of Scots, Gaelic, English and other languages in Scotland.
You will benefit from close partnerships with local organisations and you will learn from internationally recognised experts in their fields, with interests reflected in our wide variety of modules.
- You will study literature in an international context
- Research strengths (all taught on the degree) include: nation and identity, genre, adaptation, gender, theory/writing/originality, writing of place, nature and the environment, and in particular periods: classical and medieval, renaissance, eighteenth century and romanticism, nineteenth century, and modern and contemporary.
- All modules in years 3 and 4 are based on staff research, and you’ll be part of a vibrant research culture from your first semester
- Modules on Gaelic literature in translation are available
- 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
- Must include English at grade C or above, plus one from the list of relevant subjects (Please note: Higher ESOL is not accepted in place of Higher English for this programme)
- 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
Holders of other awards, qualifications, competences and knowledge that are deemed similar in level and content to those above; entry by this route will be at the discretion of the programme committee.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Reading fiction: an introduction
- Reading drama: an introduction
- Reading poetry: an introduction
- Theories of literature: an introduction
You will also choose two further option modules which may include:
- Travellers in the wilderness: literature and the theme of exile
- An introduction to Gaelic prose
- Option modules from our range of humanities subjects
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- Medieval literature: text and contexts
- An introduction to Gaelic poetry
- Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
- Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary
You will also choose two further option modules from across our humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study five core modules which may include:
- Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
- Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations
- Nature writing and ecology
- Risk anything! The modernist short story
- Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature 1750-1830
You will also choose an option module from our range of humanities subjects
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a literature dissertation.
You will also study four core modules which may include:
- Avant-garde literature
- Apocalyptic fictions
- Metafiction: self-referential texts
- Satire: the art of attack
How will I study my course?
- 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?
- Outer Hebrides
- North Highland
- West Highland
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- 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.
|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) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2021-22 Full-time||With scholarship||2022-23 Full-time
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
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||£12,360||£13,020|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,180||£6,510|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,060||£2,170|
Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship 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 rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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 successfully completed your BA (Hons) Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:
- Teaching and education
- Museum and archives
- The Media
- Heritage sector
- Creative arts
- Marketing and PR
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?
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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 studied on the BA (Hons) Literature at UHI Moray campus
I'd always wanted to challenge myself by studying to degree level so after I had my son I enrolled and graduated with a degree in Literature. I contacted the university's career centre to help me with my future career path. They helped me think about the knowledge and skills I already had and those which I wanted to improve upon as well as suggesting volunteer opportunities to enhance my CV. The centre was really easy to access and they helped me practise mock interview questions so I was more relaxed when the real thing came.
I now have a career as a library assistant and I am also taking a course in supporting adult literacies learning, which will allow me to become an assistant tutor with adult basic education. The careers centre has been an invaluable tool in helping me achieve these goals and I would highly recommend using it.
Helen Haslam graduated with a BA (Hons) Literature from our UHI Inverness campus
I’ve been writing for our local paper, the Lochaber Times, as well as having more of my work accepted for publications such as The Selkie and Caught by the River. I'm delighted to have won the Katharine Stewart Award from Moniack Mhor, which was amazing, so I’m looking forward to working on a book proposal during the writers retreat that is part of the award.
I also work as a relief library assistant at Fort William library and I’ve been invigilating at UHI West Highland. All this still fits around my family and I love the variety of the work. It’s been wonderful to build on the skills and knowledge that I gained during my degree and I’m looking forward to the university's new MRes in Eco-literature which I plan starting in September.
Kirsteen Bell graduated with a BA (Hons) Literature from our UHI West Highland campus
Apply for Literature BA (Hons)
- Applications to this course are now closed for September 2022 entry. Applications for September 2023 will open in September 2022. Please revisit this page then to apply.
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