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.
This course 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.
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.
In your first year, a module called 'Making History' will equip you with the skills necessary to be an effective and informed History student. This is taught partly in small groups by your personal tutor. You will also study core modules on medieval and early modern history, and on modern history, to provide a strong foundation for your degree as a whole.
- Making History
- Barbarism and Civilisation: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
- The Shock of the Modern
- People and Places
Choose two option modules from:
- American History: since 1877
- Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation
- Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the Present
- Great Britain: The State We’re In
In your second year you will continue to mould your degree around your interests and strengths, choosing from a wide range of option modules, as well as developing a greater understanding of important ideas and theories of the discipline. Your critical analysis and team-working skills will be tested in the core module Perceiving the Past. You will also develop greater research and problem-solving skills in our The Historian’s Craft module, which prepares you for your dissertation.
Choose two option modules from:
- All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
- Gender History
- Global Cities
- Histories of Medicine
- Histories of Violence
- Race and Ethnicity
- Radical Histories
- Religious History
Plus a further two option modules from:
- A World Connected: Welfare, Economy and Government since 1945
- Americas Plural: Latin America and the United States
- Anglo-Saxon England to Alfred
- Blood, Position, and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
- Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution
- Classical and Post-Classical Latin
- Deviance and Disorder in the Early Modern City
- Domestic Revolutions: Women, Men, and the Family in American History
- Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
- From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society, and Culture in North America
- From News to History
- Heritage Placement
- History Imperialism and Decolonisation
- History in the Classroom
- Jack-the-Ripper: Crime, Popular Culture and Policing in Victorian Times
- Living with Dictatorship
- Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
- Origins of a Global Economy
- Reveolutionaly England
- Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
- Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction in the United States
- Stormtroops, Iron Guard and Arrow Cross: Fascism and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1938-1945
- The Rage of Party: Politics, Religion, and Culture in the Reign of Queen Anne 1702- 1714
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:
- University of Valencia, Spain
- University of Strasbourg, France
- University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
- University of Pisa, Italy
- Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
- Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
- Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam
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:
- Flinders University, Adelaide
- Deakin University, Melbourne
- La Trobe University, Melbourne
- Korea and Japan are other possible destinations
In the third year you will specialise in the historical topics that interest you most. You will study a detailed Special Subject reflecting the particular research strengths of your tutors and write an original dissertation on a topic that interests you. The dissertation is written with expert guidance from your supervisor.
Choose one option module from:
- After Hitler
- Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C1550-2015
- Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia
- From Gin Lane to Westminster
- Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the Twentieth Century
- Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth-Century America
- Israel/Palestine: the Story of a Land, 1882 to the Present
- Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
- The British Anti Slavery Movement 1787-1833
- The Cause: Women’s Suffrage
- The French Revolution, 1789-1804
- The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
Plus two option modules from:
- Brave New World
- Cities and the Making of Modern South Asia, c. 1750-1950
- Clothing and Fashion in Historical Perspective: Case Studies of Modern European History in Transnational Context
- Facing Modernity: Jews in Central Europe
- Food, Diet and Health in Early Modern Europe
- Fourteenth Century Crisis
- Making Nazis: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Third Reich, 1933-1945
- Political Satire
- Slavery in the Americas
- The British Abroad: Europe, the Atlantic and the Formation of Britain in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
- The Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968
- The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
- The Medieval Natural World
- The Transformation of Leicester, 1945-1980
- The USA and the Vietnam War
- Theatres of Conflict: Ireland in the Nineteenth Century
- What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
- When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
- Women in American Society from Civil War to First World War
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.Find Out More
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.
- 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. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
- Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including some at distinction.
- International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in one Higher Level subject.
- BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. Please contact department regarding eligibility.
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.
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.
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Fees and Funding
Starting in 2017
- £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
- Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.
Find out more about scholarships and funding.
Starting in 2017
- £15,290 per year
Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
- Find out more about scholarships and funding.
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.
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