BA (Hons) History and Heritage

Discover the complex relationships between past and present when you study for a BA (Hons) History and Heritage at the University of Stirling.

History and Heritage

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2023
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study part time, full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code VH10
  • Study abroad opportunities

Overview

Why are some aspects of the past celebrated and others removed or destroyed? What and who shapes our understanding of the past? How does the past inform our identities, politics, and sense of belonging today? This distinctive, exciting interdisciplinary degree course provides you with a framework for understanding the role of the past in the contemporary world, as well as the part that heritage plays in shaping our collective futures.

You will gain in-depth historical knowledge and understanding of a range of periods, with modules focusing on the social, political and environmental history of Europe, Africa and North America. Through modules on heritage and museums, you will engage with topics such as heritage protection, museum collecting, heritage and identity, cultural politics and decolonisation. Optional modules from other subjects give you the opportunity to build your knowledge, understanding and skills in complementary areas. Throughout the course you will be able to explore topical issues relating to nationalism, conflict, civic society, culture, and race and gender issues.

The course will allow you to master a range of academic and practical skills. With a real emphasis emphasis on employability and career development, you will be well-placed to for a career supporting the inclusive, sustainable development of the heritage and museum sectors, amongst others.

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Prizes or awards

History and heritage students can be submitted for various prizes, mostly in final year. Some are dedicated solely for history and heritage, others across history, heritage and politics, and others across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Environmental History Prize

An annual prize of £100 to be awarded for the best first-class dissertation in Environmental History.

Gordon Donaldson Prize

An annual prize of £50 for the best graduating student in History.

Robert and Margaret McKean Prize

An annual prize of £50 for the best performance by a final year student in European History.

Stirling Guildry Prize

An annual prize of £100 to be awarded for the best dissertation submitted by a student taking History or Scottish History.

Faculty Research based learning prize

The Division of History, Heritage and Politics has been granted £250 by the Faculty to reward undergraduate students for contributions to research through their studies (projects, dissertations etc).

The Scott Reid Memorial Prize

The £200 prize will be open to undergraduates in their final year of study studying History and/or Politics (including combined degrees with either subject). The prize will be awarded to the student who achieved their degree despite facing adversity during their studies and or who have shown outstanding support and selfless giving for their fellow students, local community or family.

The Alasdair Ross Memorial Essay prize.  

The £200 prize is open to all University honours students who have written an essay between 2000 to 5000 words on a topic within the area of Scottish Studies, with an emphasis on environment and heritage.

Dee Amy Chin Prize for Gender and Feminist Studies

£200 is for the Dee Amy-Chinn prize for Gender Studies and is open to undergraduate students in any discipline within the University and recognises exceptional achievement in the study of gender and/or feminism (essay, dissertation, creative practice).

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
AABB - by the end of S5
AABBB - by the end of S6

GCE A-levels
BBB

IB Diploma
32

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

SQA Advanced Highers
ABB

GCE A-levels
ABB

IB Diploma
35

Essential subjects
History 

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Year 2 entry
Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation pages.

Other qualifications
Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our advanced entry page.

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.

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 Academic or UKVI 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 23 August 2022

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on 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

Course details

The course  is delivered in person on campus. It provides you with a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of historical periods, regions of the world, and topical issues, including heritage and identities, cultural politics, conflict, decolonisation, and environmental concerns.

Conceptual and theoretical understanding are combined with critical thinking and practical skills, to help you become an active, adaptable citizen capable of problem-solving in the face of complex global challenges.

The first and second years provide you with a grounding in essential skills in handling primary and secondary sources, as well as introductions to heritage approaches, through modules on medieval Scottish history, modern British history, concepts in history, and reputations in history. In your second year you will also take a dedicated employability module, ‘Back to the Future: putting history and heritage to work’, alongside a survey history module from a list of options.

The third year offers you a wide range of History and Heritage honours modules, as well as option modules from literature, sociology, management and marketing, which provide the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and skills in complementary areas. A compulsory module in the third year prepares you to undertake independent, supervised research in your fourth year, leading to either a history dissertation or a heritage portfolio. In your fourth year you can also select further option modules, or have the opportunity to choose an in-depth history special subject.

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2022). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details

Teaching

You will learn through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. Small group tutorials will also provide feedback and reinforcement of lecture topics throughout each semester. Digital technologies and sources of information play an important role, with tasks facilitated by blog posts, online discussion boards, podcasts, and video presentations.

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important element in the teaching and learning strategy for heritage modules, allowing you to engage with heritage places and organisations. They are also increasingly used in history modules.

If you choose to do a heritage portfolio in years 3 and 4, you will have the opportunity to produce an exhibition or other heritage interpretation outputs. These practical teaching environments encourage you to take a proactive, responsible and independent role in your learning.

Assessment

The teaching and learning strategies draw on a variety of methods of assessment to enable you to demonstrate your progress and attainment against the intended learning outcomes of each module. Assessment methods are wide-ranging to accommodate a wealth of learning styles. They include:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • exams
  • projects
  • reports on primary sources
  • critical reviews
  • policy papers
  • academic posters
  • reflective reports
  • final year dissertation or heritage portfolio

Your active preparation and contribution to tutorial and seminar work may also be assessed.

Classroom hours

Lectures usually last 50 minutes and are recorded to allow students to listen again. Most teaching is done in small groups. In years one and two, tutorials last one hour. In year three, seminars last two hours, and in year four, seminars in special subjects last three hours (with a break in the middle).

Work placement opportunities

An optional Faculty of Arts and Humanities module, "Putting Arts & Humanities to Work", gives you the opportunity to undertake 30 hours of work placement in a career area linked to your degree subject.

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 funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2022/23 2023/24
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,900 £16,400
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,900 £16,400

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can 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.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding opportunities

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students domiciled in Scotland

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

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

In addition, students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - 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.

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.

After you graduate

What jobs can you get with a History and Heritage degree?

A History and Heritage degree from the University of Stirling opens up career opportunities in a range of sectors, from museums and heritage trusts to the civil service and worlds of teaching, marketing and journalism. Jobs directly related to a history and heritage degree include:

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

Employability skills

There is a strong emphasis on employability and career development throughout the degree course. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of public history, heritage and museums and the local, national and global issues these sectors face, seeking positive and sustainable solutions. You will also develop a wide range of employability skills, including the ability to work independently, manage your time effectively and cooperate in diverse groups to complete shared tasks. You will also acquire effective oral and written communication skills and learn how to use a variety of IT tools necessary in many areas of work, such as Office suites, electronic databases and/or bibliographic management software

In second year you will take a dedicated employability module, which explores history and heritage in the world of work, as well as offering skills training in career development, CV writing and use of social media for professional networking. There is the opportunity to take a module focusing on exhibition design and heritage interpretation in which students work as a team to create an exhibition focusing on the University collections. A further highlight is the opportunity to create a heritage portfolio focusing on a range of outputs in place of the final year dissertation.

We draw on our partnerships and networks in the heritage and museum sectors to integrate ‘real-world’ case studies and problems into the teaching and learning strategy. A number of our heritage lecturers also draw on extensive first-hand experience working in the heritage and museum sectors in their teaching providing students with access to authentic experiences, challenges and case studies.

Your studies on this course will equip you with skills in the following areas:

  • Time management
  • Planning and research
  • Independent working
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Digital literacy
  • Ethical citizenship and awareness of diverse perspectives
  • Personal adaptability and resilience

The University of Stirling's Faculty of Arts and Humanities has its own dedicated Employability Officer, and students have access to Careers and Employability Service resources at both University and Faculty level.

Companies we work with

Our teaching is informed by our lecturers’ research partnerships with heritage organisations and museums. We have formal institutional partnerships with The National Trust for Scotland and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage.

We also draw on our networks in a wide range of organisations (e.g. National Museums Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Kelvingrove Museum). Professional practitioners are invited to present guest lectures providing you with first-hand insights into the latest challenges and opportunities facing their sectors. Students also visit heritage organisations and museums during fieldtrips on a range of modules, which play an important role in enhancing learning.

Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.