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BA (Hons) Scottish History

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Explore Scottish history in the heartland of some its most significant events. Our BA Scottish History draws from the past to prepare you for your future.

Scottish History

Clearing places available to eligible students      Clearing 2018

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September or January
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

The history of the Scottish nation is dramatic, surprising and an infinite source of inspiration in popular culture. Studying at the University of Stirling will place you right at the heart of that history, with some of the most significant locations in Scotland’s past located right on your doorstep.

On this course, you’ll explore both the myths and the realities of Scottish History, unpicking the events that shaped a nation – from the wars of William Wallace to Scotland’s unprecedented impact on the wider world. You can expect in-depth insight into every aspect of Scottish History - political, social, environmental and economic – all of which will deepen your understanding of present-day Scotland at the same time.

History at the University of Stirling is highly regarded. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 98% of our research was classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. That expertise feeds directly back into our teaching, ensuring you gain unique insights into Scottish History from some of its most respected scholars. Every step of the way, your employability will be a top priority - with career-focused modules, field trips and guest lecturers all designed to get you ready for the world of work. Our location in the shadow of so many famous Scottish events helps to distinguish your studies from other Scottish History courses.

Feed your passion for Scotland’s past, and make it an integral part of your future at the University of Stirling.

Scottish history at Stirling can be taken as a Single Honours degree, or as part of a number of combined degrees within the Scottish History stream of the BA (Hons) History.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    AABB – one sitting
    AABBB – two sittings

    GCE A-levels
    ABB

    IB Diploma
    32

    BTEC (Level 3)
    DDM

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers
    ABB

    GCE A-levels
    ABB

    IB Diploma
    35

    Essential subjects
    History 

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND

    Bs in graded units

    English, Welsh and NI HNC/D

    Merits and Distinctions

    Access Courses

    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

    Foundation Apprenticeships

    Foundation apprenticeships are considered to be equivalent to one Higher at Grade B.

  • Advanced entry

    Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Social Sciences with specific units. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for details.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    If you’re an international student and don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria for entry onto this degree, there are other options. You could take our International Foundation programme, which prepares you for entry into our degrees. Delivered by INTO University of Stirling on our Stirling campus, you can benefit from excellent teaching and supportive English language training. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Scottish History may be taken as a Single Honours degree, as well as in a number of Combined degrees in a Scottish History stream of the History degree.

Students take Scottish History plus two other subjects in semesters 1-3. In semesters 4-6 you will normally take at least six modules in Scottish History. In Semesters 7 and 8 Honours students take a ‘special subject’ involving the use of printed documentary collections and other source material. Single Honours students also write a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 16,000 words on a chosen research topic.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    The University of Stirling has a reputation for excellence in the field of History, evidenced by the fact 98% of our research in the subject was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment. This expertise flows directly into the curriculum and helps to create a vibrant teaching environment where you'll always be learning from historians with a true passion for their subject. 

  • Assessment

    Each semester’s work is assessed separately. Assessment is based on a combination of essays, exams and spoken tests. The Honours classification is based on grades obtained in Semesters 5-8, which includes a supervised dissertation on a research topic of your choice.

  • Study abroad

    As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

    Find out more about studying abroad.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you attend your graduation ceremony, there’s a charge of £50. This includes tickets for you and two guests, a souvenir programme, free parking on campus and entry to the graduation reception or garden party. There’s no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia.

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Scottish History degree?

A History degree has always been valued by employers because of the intellectual challenges it offers and the particular skills it fosters. These include:

  • a capacity for independent work and effective time management
  • an ability to deal with complex information and solve problems
  • a capacity to communicate clearly in writing and speech

Scottish History graduates from Stirling have been successful in obtaining a wide variety of posts, some in history-related areas such as teaching and work in museums and libraries – others in fields such as the civil service, administration, commerce, banking and insurance.

During your studies you'll gain valuable transferrable skills to open up a range of career paths. You'll also benefit from our research excellence and connection with organisations such as the Scottish Association of Teachers of History. 

  • Over 97% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Jobs directly related to a history degree include:

  • Heritage manager
  • Civil service fast streamer
  • Historic buildings inspector or conservation officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Museum or gallery exhibitions officer
  • Secondary school teacher

Jobs where a history degree would be useful include:

  • Academic librarian
  • Archaeologist
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Politician's assistant
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Marketing executive
  • Business consultant
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. During Semester 4 of your History studies, you’ll take an employability module aimed at exploring a wide range of career options through guest speakers and workshops. We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at Stirling, and develop the attributes required by employers. We also have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Careers and Employability Service that work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience, and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

    Your studies will equip you with skills in the following areas, plus many more:

    • Time management
    • Planning and research
    • Independent working
    • Critical reasoning and analysis
    • Communication
    • Team working
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