History is an exciting and challenging discipline, whether studied as a single honours degree or as a component of a combined award. It provides an essential foundation for exploring fundamental questions about beliefs, values and identity; it is impossible to comprehend the contemporary world without it.
We offer you the opportunity to study a wide range of sources, periods and themes. Our teaching offers local, national and international perspectives, broad surveys, and in-depth study.
You can study history as a single honour degree, or in combination with subjects such as English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics, Geography or Heritage.
We combine the academic study of history with an investigation into its public role and purpose – heritage and memory; people and places. You’ll gain broad historical skills and expertise, including:
how to read historical texts;
how to use historical sources – visual, written, material;
how to discuss and debate historical subjects.
Our modules range from the study of broad historical periods to focused explorations of specific topics. These reflect the research interests of our staff, and their most recent investigations and discoveries.
You’ll graduate with a wide range of personal, intellectual and transferable skills, relevant both to academic study and your ambitions beyond university.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–300 UCAS Tariff points.
We provide the foundations for you to develop historical skills and expertise. At the heart of this is a core module, which can be accompanied by a range of optional modules. You may cover, for example, the social history of 16th and 17th century England, or politics and people in the 19th and 20th centuries.
We offer you the chance to specialise a little more. You’ll build on and extend your knowledge and develop your confidence to deal with new subjects and approaches. Underpinning this, you’ll explore the history and philosophy of our subject: how ideas about the past and its study have changed over time, and how the study of history has influenced and been influenced by wider changes in society.
The focus of the third year will be on your dissertation. You’ll identify and develop your own historical question, conduct research and prepare an extended piece of writing. New topics are offered through optional modules, such as political, social and cultural history; public history; and the impact of the past on the modern world.
Our history graduates have entered careers in:
Education (at all levels)
The police force
the charitable sector
The National Health Service
Museums and heritage
You may also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.
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