Major in History BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

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

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
V101
Department
History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587
history.admissions@le.ac.uk

History website

Course description

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).

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

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.

International Students

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.

    Careers and employability

    Careers and employability

    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.

    Related courses

    Related courses

    Course structure

    Year 1

    Year 1

    Core modules

    Option modules

    Choose one option module from:

    Then 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 2

    Year 2

    Core modules

    Option modules

    Choose two second year option modules in total.

    Either choose your first option module from:

    And your second option module from:

    Or choose your first option module from:

    And your second 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 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

    Choose one option module from:

    • The French Revolution, 1789-1804
    • Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth Century America
    • From Gin Lane to Westminster: Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain
    • The British Anti-Slavery Movement 1787-1833
    • Israel/Palestine: The Story of a Land 1882 to the present 
    • The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
    • The Cause: Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain c.1897-1918
    • Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the 20th Century
    • Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia, 1941-1991
    • After Hitler: Culture and the Politics of the Nazi Past in the Two Germanies, 1945-1990
    • Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
    • Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C. 1551-2015

    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.

    Why Leicester?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Teaching and learning

    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.

    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.

    Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

    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.

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    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
    Course Major in History Qualification BA Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code V101 Availability Apply Now
    Course Major in History with Year Abroad Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code V101 Availability Apply Now