University of the Highlands and Islands Literature

University of the Highlands and Islands Literature

Literature BA (Hons)

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 such as High Life Highland, Highland Archive Centre and Literary Salon, and you will learn from internationally-recognised experts in their fields, with interests reflected in our wide variety of modules.

Special features

  • 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
  • Opportunities to take part in field-trips every semester as well as involvement in academic conferences and an active Literature Society
  • 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

Entry requirements

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. These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting.
  • 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.