BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to delve into the past and understand how the movements, ideas, and people that shaped the past are still affecting the present and informing our future.

Course Description

The History BA will give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of historical periods from medieval to modern, and locations from Europe to Asia. Within this scope you will discover the various approaches from which history is often viewed. Political, cultural, intellectual, social, economic, and international perspectives will all come into play as you explore the web of factors that contributes to our understanding of history.

As one of the largest history departments in the UK, we can offer you a broad choice of periods and subjects, from the fifth century to the contemporary world, and from English local history to globalisation.

Your first year will be spent acquiring foundational skills and knowledge, as well as exploring areas of history that particularly interest you. As your degree progresses, you will specialise increasingly in topics that inspire you as well as learning the essential elements of the historian’s craft. With experts in a plethora of topics, you will always be able to find modules that pique your curiosity and quench your thirst for knowledge – from peopling Australia to the history of alcohol in America.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2018

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587

School of History website

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Why Leicester?

The University Library contains some fascinating historical archives, including the East Midlands Oral History Archive, featuring 30 years of recordings dating back to the Victorian period. 

Our staff expertise covers history from every part of the globe and from the medieval to modern periods. This is reflected in the diversity and breadth of modules that you can study.

You will be taught by academics at the forefront of their fields. Their enthusiasm and the opportunity to contribute your own ideas makes for an exciting learning environment.

More than 90% of our research has been designated internationally significant, meaning our academics are among the world's best in their subjects. 

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
  • Global Cities
  • Radical Histories

Then choose one option module from:

  • Anglo-Saxon England to Alfred
  • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
  • A World in Motion: The Rise of a Global Economy, 1783-1914
  • From News to History
  • Jack the Ripper: Crime, Popular Culture and Policing in Victorian Times
  • Revolutionary England, 1640-1660: Politics, Religion, Ideas
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
  • Stormtroopers, Arrow Cross and Iron Guard: Fascism and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1938-1945
  • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
  • The Rage of Party: Politics, Religion, and Culture in the Reign of Queen Anne, 1702-1714
  • Americas Plural: Latin America and the United States

Then choose one option module from:

  • Gender History
  • Religious History
  • Histories of Violence
  • Histories of Medicine

Finally choose one option module from:

  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
  • Domestic Revolutions: Women, Men and the Family in American History
  • Imperialism and Decolonisation
  • A World Connected: Welfare, Economy and Government since 1945
  • Modern Ireland, 1939-1975
  • Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States
  • Deviance and Disorder in the Early Modern City
  • Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution
  • From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society and Culture in North America
  • History in the Classroom
  • Living with Dictatorship
  • Heritage Field Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of History has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Theatres of Conflict: Ireland in the 19th Century
  • The USA and Vietnam
  • Political Satire, 1681-1792
  • 14th Century Crisis in England? Politics and Society, 1297-1413
  • Facing Modernity: Jews in Western and Central Europe
  • The Transformation of Leicester 1945-1980
  • Women in American Society from Civil War to First World War
  • Making Nazis: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Third Reich, 1933-1945
  • Medieval Natural World
  •  From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947

Then choose one option module from:

  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What difference did the war make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • The Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • Brave New World: City, Culture and Identity in Post-War England
  • Food, Diet and Health in Early Modern Europe
  • Clothing and Fashion in Historical Perspective: Case Studies of Modern European History in Transnational Context
  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the 20th Century
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, pre-1600
  • Cities and the Making of Modern South Asia, c.1750-1950

Then choose one option module from:

  • Special Subject A
  • Special Subject B
  • Special Subject C
  • Special Subject D
  • Special Subject E
  • Special Subject F
  • Special Subject G
  • Special Subject H
  • Special Subject I
  • Special Subject J
  • Special Subject K
  • Special Subject L

Plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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Teaching and Assessment

We teach through a variety of methods, ranging from large lectures to seminars to individual tutorials. Lectures are used to provide historical narrative and to raise key historical questions and areas of debate; seminars are where you share your opinion about those debates and put forward your interpretation of history. The first year normally sees about ten contact hours per week, and greater emphasis is placed on small group teaching and independent study as you progress through the degree.

Assessment is through exams and coursework comprising long and short essays, source analyses, group projects, and both group and individual presentations. Approximately two thirds of your final degree mark will be based on your coursework; one third on your exams.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for History courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Year 2: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year:14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-Level. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB at A-Level + EPQ at grade B. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in one Higher Level subject.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of History.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2018

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.


    • Starting in 2018

      • £15,980 per year
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
        Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Career Opportunities

      The School offers several practical or placement modules so that you can gain hands-on experience in your chosen career path. For example our 'History in the Classroom' module includes practical teaching experience by incorporating a placement in a local school.

      The School routinely develops paid internship opportunities for our students to gain additional, relevant work experience during their degrees. Roles such as research assistant, conference organiser, and editorial assistant have been offered in recent years.


      Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

      Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
      History BA 3 years full-time V100 Apply Now
      History with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time V100 Apply Now
      3 years full-time
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      History with Year Abroad
      4 years full-time
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