Sociology and Theology BA (Hons)

UCAS code L30T

What is special about this course?

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. The joint degree you will study the development, structure, and functioning of human society as well as the study and impact of the main disciplines of Christian theology.

Special features

  • You will develop your research and methodological skills, which you can take with you into your future career
  • You can specialise in particular disciplines as you progress through your studies
  • 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 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

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

Access routes

Any recognised Access to HE course.

Year 1 - CertHE


You will study the following core modules:

Sociology

  • Understanding the social world
  • Making social lives

Theology

  • Introduction to systematic theology

You will  choose one option module in theology from the following:

  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • The Pentateuch
  • Understanding worship

You will also choose one option module from our range of humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

The core modules are:

Sociology

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sociological theory Or Belief, culture and communities

Theology

  • Early church history. Plus two of the following
  • Old testament prophecy
  • Person and work of Christ
  • Pauline theology
  • Exploring other faiths

Plus one option module from across our humanities subjects

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core modules:

Sociology

  • Work and society
  • Advanced social research
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
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Theology

  • Theological project, plus two from the following
  • Christian spirituality, an overview
  • Hebrews
  • Scottish church history
  • Wisdom literature

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

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

Sociology

  • Insiders and outsiders in society
  • Visual research (subject to numbers)
  • Restorative justice
  • Understanding crime
  • Network society: mass media and the information age

Theology modules may include:

  • Christian ethics
  • Hermeneutics
  • The Holy Spirit and the word
  • Luke-Acts
  • Medieval church history
  • Psalms
  • Guided Reading

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

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 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

Start date

  • September

Fees

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:

Degrees2019-202020-21
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:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

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.

International students

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:

  2019-202020-21
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 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 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.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Many graduates from this degree go on to postgraduate study or research. You might also like to consider careers in teacher training or social work-related employment.

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