Explore how past societies developed and behaved to better understand our present lives and what the future might hold. Broaden your historical knowledge and gain key analytical and research skills that, together, will open the door to many interesting and varied careers.
The brilliant and inspiring history lecturers have made the experience here at Anglia Ruskin unforgettable.
On our BA (Hons) History degree, you'll consider many historical approaches to a range of different, and often unfamiliar, periods and places. This will both develop your historical knowledge and also help you form an understanding of why people and societies think and behave as they do in the context of their lifetimes.
Focusing on the histories of Britain, Europe, the United States and imperialism from 1500 onwards, you’ll research, read and interpret documents, engage in discussions and take part in fieldwork to make rational sense of how historical events have shaped our world today.
This thorough investigation will sharpen your ability to critically analyse and tackle complex and relevant problems, such as how social divisions arise and dictators come to power. You’ll also form an awareness of the problems inherent in our historical record, the limitations of our knowledge and the dangers of simplistic explanations.
On our optional modules, you’ll have the chance to further your understanding of the areas of history that interest you most, with topics including 'The First World War', 'Thatcher and the New Right' and 'Russian: Revolution and Reaction', while the final major project will allow you to complete a substantial research project of your own choosing, practising all the skills you have developed throughout the course. You can even study some options you might think of as unusual, such as food and history or the history of sport.
Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by a teaching staff with diverse expertise, including Course Leader Professor Rohan McWilliam (Victorian Studies, Labour history), Dr Jonathan Davis (Russian/Soviet history, the 1980s), Dr Susan Flavin (early modern society) and Dr Sean Lang (British imperialism, the First World War). Professor Lucy Bland is one of the leading historians of gender in the UK, whilst Dr Richard Carr is not only an authority on modern politics but has written a biography of Charlie Chaplin.
Our History research was awarded world-leading status in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Course leader: Professor Rohan McWilliam
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Our BA (Hons) History degree will prepare you particularly well for roles that require a substantial body of historical knowledge, such as heritage manager, museum curator or broadcast journalism.
The key skills you’ll learn include research, data analysis, critical thinking and complex problem solving, which are sought after in many disciplines, but make a particularly strong pairing with historical knowledge in areas such as archaeology, genealogy, archiving or the Civil Service.
Our History course, which includes elements of Personal Development Planning, will help you find the most suitable career path or even move on to a postgraduate degree, such as our MA History or MA International Relations.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
Your assessment will comprise a variety of methods designed to emulate real-world approaches to history and encourage you to practise the skills that will likely be required in your future career.
As well as exams and essays, these include field trip reports, internet search reports, document analyses, case studies, book reviews and geography tests.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
You’ll have the opportunity to spend a semester of study at a university in North America opening up a whole new perspective on the study of history. These have included Valparaiso University (USA) and University of New Brunswick (Canada). (Please note that places are limited and cannot be guaranteed).
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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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