History tells a story of how our world has come to be today. It can explain how and why society is the way it is, and give clues as to how the world will continue to progress and change. You will see many similarities between today’s world and even the most ancient history. You will have opportunities to explore how different countries have been shaped by their histories. As well as this, you will explore how the influence of countries spreads over the years, and what this means for the world.
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The accreditation of a degree in history will depend on where you choose to study. It will also depend on the level you are studying at. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study awards degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options. Part-time study normally means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate history degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £7,000
During an undergraduate degree, you will gain a foundation of knowledge in the main areas of history. You might study modules on the middle ages, world war one and world war two, contemporary history, and history of the United States. Most undergraduate degree courses will be designed to suit students who have little experience of history, as well as challenging those students who have a strong background in the subject. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, potentially incorporating field trips. Depending on your course, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, and presentations.
A postgraduate degree, such as an MA, will build on your knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules that you study will be around more complex and specialist concepts of history, covering both traditional and contemporary subjects. Modules might include Latin, the Falklands war, central European history, and paleography, among others. Assessment methods can include written work, group projects, and a major research project.
The entry requirements for a history degree will depend on the institution you choose to study at. The requirements will also be influenced by the level of study you are applying for. An undergraduate degree will require you to have a background in history, with some accepting experience in philosophy or English. Although many universities might prefer you to have studied a certain subject, you may still be considered for admission if you can prove that you are passionate about the subject. This is something that you can display in your personal statement. For a postgraduate course, most institutions will require you to have an undergraduate degree in history, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAA-AAB
- UCAS Points - 144-136 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - History, Medieval History, Ancient History
- Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - History, Geography, Sociology
A degree in history will provide you with a multitude of career opportunities once you have successfully graduated. You will be able to find work in roles directly related to history, as well as ones unrelated. Potential roles include a teacher, museum curator, gallery manager, and museum education managers. If you choose to seek employment outside of the history field, possible roles include journalist, broadcaster, public relations officer, and marketing assistant.
During your degree, you will have gained a wide range of transferable skills that are useful in a variety of areas. Skills include effective communication, analytical thinking, time management, independent working, efficient research, and problem solving.