Studying History is studying humanity. As the philosopher R. G. Collingwood noted: ‚History is for human self-knowledge… the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The values of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.’
A rich knowledge of History sheds light on contemporary politics, ideology, culture – every facet of modern life.
With a degree in History you’ll gain a deep knowledge of British, European and World histories, and develop excellent skills in analysis, communication, and research.
- ‚World-leading’ research in History, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
- Our History courses are 6th in the UK for Satisfaction with course, according to The Guardian University league tables 2018
- Our History courses are in the top 25% in the UK for Organisation and management, according to the National Student Survey 2018
You will be taught by staff who are passionate about their subjects, produce world-leading research, and throughout your degree, will provide you with one-to-one support. A typical week will include lectures, seminars, independent study, and group work.
Your progress will be measured by a range of assessment methods, including essays and exams.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day, and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
History is a very well-respected degree. You will graduate with the ability to research and analyse complex material, think critically about ideas and arguments, and communicate clearly.
These skills transfer to a wide range of sectors, including education, finance, law, politics and the Civil Service. Many graduates teach History in colleges and schools. Other graduates go on to work in museums and archives.
History Lab is a student-run society which organises history-related guest lectures, discussions, and social events. It’s a chance to hear about little-known histories – recent topics include political caricatures in 19th Century France, pharmacy in Ancient Egypt, and sedition in 17th Century America.