Explore the world of history to get ahead in the world today. On our history course, you can choose to study a broad range of historical periods and subjects, including film, sexuality, the First World War, family and gender, the Russian Revolution, and Thatcher and the New Right. You'll also learn the critical and analytical skills needed for many different jobs.
Our history degree will open up new worlds for you. You’ll study revolutions, slavery, wars and battles, the making of great leaders, the rise of the middle classes, family and gender roles, and the suffering of the poor.
By reading and interpreting documents, and comparing the lives of different people, you’ll develop critical and analytical skills and learn to evaluate and communicate your ideas. You’ll also learn more about the forces and events that shape our world today.
Our modules will introduce you to a broad range of historical approaches and periods, but will also allow you to specialise in your own areas of interest.
You’ll study the histories of Britain, Europe and the United States from circa 1500 onwards, looking in detail at the history of modern Europe, including the First and Second World Wars, the Russian revolution and the Cold War.
You can choose to learn more about family and social history, or how town life differed from rural life. You’ll have the opportunity to study British history from the Tudors to Theresa May, or learn about the history of the United States since 1776. Our course will also allow you to explore the British Empire and forms of imperialism, which affected so many lives in countries around the world.
In the last year of your degree, the Major Project will allow you to become a historian and research any topic of your choice. Past students have investigated topics such as the media coverage of the Vietnam War, child labour in the Industrial Revolution, punk rock, 18th-century dandies, First World War military strategy and the crimes of Jack the Ripper.
Course leader: Professor Rohan McWilliam
Our history degree will prepare you particularly well for roles in museums, archives, the Civil Service, publishing, the media or teaching, but will also help you learn key skills valued in many other jobs. Our course options will help you find the most suitable career path or even move on to a postgraduate degree.
You’ll get specific careers advice on our Level 5 core module History Today.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll demonstrate what you have learned on the course through a combination of essays, examinations, case studies, field trip reports, document analyses, Internet search reports, book reviews and dissertation.
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is an academic community of nearly 800 students and teaching staff. Our students are supported by leading practitioners, so you'll always have access to the latest theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as invaluable career advice. Subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences lead to work in many roles you might not have considered, maybe as a politician, chief executive – or even an inventor.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for their future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll have the opportunity to spend a semester of study at Valparaiso University (USA) and University of New Brunswick (Canada), opening up a whole new perspective on the study of history.*
*Please note that places are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
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We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
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We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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