About the course

Study with a top History department and be taught from the cutting edge of historical research. Learn to think and write imaginatively about the past with our colleagues in Creative Writing.

Our BA History and/with Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to study two subjects that will help you to hone the investigative skills of the historian, while developing your writing style.

Through our diverse and inclusive History curriculum you will learn about an array of cultures and identities. What links our work is our focus on people’s history and everyday lives. This is represented strongly in our first year programme, which will
give you an insight into the making of the modern world through exploration of faith, magic and medicine, campaigns for freedom and equality, Africa and the world, and America from Hamilton to Trump.

Throughout your degree, the common link between the two disciplines will be your analysis and interpretation of texts. As historians you will learn to analyse historical documents and debates among historians, while in Creative Writing you’ll explore
published texts, breaking them down to examine writing techniques.

The art of writing, honed over the course of your Creative Writing studies, will benefit you in the final year of History if you choose to write a dissertation. This extended piece of work will grow out of a topic that interests you. There is also the option in Creative Writing of workshopping an idea, which, by the time you graduate, will have developed into a solid piece of work that you can continue working on or submit for publication. Maybe one of your history modules will inspire you to write a historical novel!

From September 2020, subject to validation, we will be offering a new single hons degree in Creative Writing. Find out more information.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) History and Creative Writing
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) History 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • An exceptional History team, conducting world-leading research (REF 2014), and a team of published writers guiding students in Creative Writing,
  • Stimulating, innovative courses - our History students reported almost 94% overall satisfaction with their course (2018 National Student Survey)
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting and the scope to write a History dissertation on a topic about which you are passionate
  • The prospect of graduating with a solid piece of work that could be further developed or submitted for publication
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. History offers you the possibility of a placement in a local museum, archive or heritage site in your second year, enabling you to gain valuable transferable skills. As well as working in the huge heritage industry, past students have gone on to careers in teaching, the law, civil service, librarianship, information management, retail management, marketing, the voluntary sector, publishing and the media.

Teaching methods

Our history students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. We see our students as fellow researchers, and we place a great deal of importance on sharing and developing skills. This teaching ethos is shared by our colleagues in Creative Writing.

In Creative Writing, you’ll develop as a student in a friendly, supportive environment. You’ll workshop your writing, discussing ideas, sharing thoughts and learning how to edit and refine your work. All of this will happen under the careful guidance of our staff who are published writers.

As one of our students, you will have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV. Our renowned staff-student Oral History team
has taken students to Australia and produced a BBC Radio 4 documentary, which was commended at the 2018 Royal Historical Society Public History Awards.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our history students, immersing themselves in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives. Sampling a new environment could fire your imagination, allowing you to grow as a writer.

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Becoming a Writer 15 Credits Compulsory
    Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800 15 Credits Compulsory
    Genre Fiction: Building Worlds 15 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the screen 15 Credits Compulsory
    Identity and Contemporary Writing 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s 15 Credits Compulsory
    Historians' Toolkit 15 Credits Compulsory
    Africa and the World, 1450-1850 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Public History 15 Credits Optional
    The Heritage Industry in Britain 15 Credits Optional
    Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights A 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Stage 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Screen 15 Credits Optional
    Literature at Work 15 Credits Optional
    Hearth & Heart: Family Life in the Long Eighteenth-Century 15 Credits Optional
    Propaganda in Twentieth-Century War and Politics 15 Credits Optional
    Nation & Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939 15 Credits Optional
    Making a Historical Documentary 15 Credits Optional
    Making Histories: Public History Work Experience 15 Credits Optional
    Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism 15 Credits Optional
    Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe 15 Credits Optional
    Crime and Society in England, 1550-1750 15 Credits Optional
    The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality 15 Credits Compulsory
    Short Story Workshop 15 Credits Compulsory
    Creative Writing Project Poetry 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Prose 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year