Major in History

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to combine History with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose History as your Major, you will study a wide range of periods, themes, and approaches to history, as well as taking core modules that develop key historical and employability skills. With a team of more than thirty professional historians, we offer a richly diverse teaching programme; one that has chronological range (from the Crusaders to the US Civil Rights Movement), a geographical scope (from Britain and Europe to America and China), and a variety of approaches (political, cultural, intellectual, gender, economic, and social history).

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Start date
September 2017

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Why Leicester?

Our staff teach and research across a wide range of topics - from medieval to modern periods and across all the continents. This is reflected in the diversity and breadth of modules that you can study.

Our New History Lab brings together staff and students every fortnight to discuss history over tea and cake. Guest speakers have included newsreader Julie Etchingham and historian Melvyn Bragg.

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.

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. 

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will take the core module Making History, which develops the necessary skills to be an effective and informed History student. You will select two modules (one in each semester) from a range of introductory modules on medieval, early modern, modern, and global history. You will also have the opportunity to select an option within the core module People and Places, undertaking detailed study within a period of history that particularly interests you.

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

In your second year you will continue to mould the programme around your interests and strengths, choosing from a wide range of optional modules as well as developing a greater understanding of important ideas and theories of the discipline. You will take one 'Varieties of History' module and one other optional module, focusing specifically on a particular period, country, or theme. In addition, you will develop your critical analysis and team working skills in the module 'Perceiving the Past', where you will analyse how we understand and interpret the past. You will also develop greater research skills in 'The Historian’s Craft', which prepares you for your final year dissertation.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
  • Gender History
  • Global Cities
  • Histories of Medicine
  • Histories of Violence
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Radical Histories
  • Religious History

And choose one option module 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 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.

History at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. 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. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however 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

In your final year you will deepen your understanding in your chosen areas of specialisation, by taking detailed modules that reflect the current research strengths of your tutors. You will also carry out independent research to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, with expert guidance from your supervisor.

Core module

Option modules

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 19th 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

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

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case History), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).


Please note that you cannot study a Major in History with a Minor in:
• American History and Politics
• Global Studies
• History

Now choose your Minor

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 a wide variety of different types of coursework (including essays, source commentaries, posters, podcasts, webpages, journals, research proposals, and a dissertation) and examinations.

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.

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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. 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.

Selection Process

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

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.

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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.

Career Opportunities

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

We routinely develop paid internship opportunities for our students to gain additional, relevant work experience during their degrees. Roles such as research assistance, 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
Major in History BA 3 years full-time V101 Apply Now
Major in History with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time V101 Apply Now
Major in History
3 years full-time
Major in History with Year Abroad
4 years full-time

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