BA (Hons) History and Journalism

About the course

Study with a top History department and be taught from the cutting edge of historical research. Learn to write for a broad audience and communicate your ideas effectively with our colleagues in Journalism.

Our BA History and Journalism gives you the opportunity to study two subjects that will help you to hone your investigative and analytical skills, 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 the development of research skills. As historians you will learn to analyse historical documents and debates among historians, while in Journalism you’ll explore print, digital, photographic and broadcast journalism.

This ability to work as an effective and confident researcher, honed over the course of your 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. Previous students have been inspired by their year of study abroad, while others have worked on the history of jiu jitsu, women code breakers at Bletchley Park, the Notting Hill riots, and vice and sexuality in 17th-century London. One of our final year students won the British Commission for Maritime History Prize in 2016 for his dissertation on the East India Company.

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • An exceptional History team, conducting world-leading research (REF 2014), and a team of industry-experienced journalists,
  • 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
  • intensive, engaging modules in Journalism designed to help make you a confident journalist, ready for the digital age
  • CV-building potential and practical experience through work placements and extra-curricular activities

What will I study?

Our interactive seminars and workshops in History 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 Journalism.

Workshops are used in Journalism for modules where the degree of practical skills taught is enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field; other modules are delivered through lectures and seminars. All are offered in a supportive environment.

Our history and journalism students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Journalism organises the Media Matters Guest Lecture series, which is free and open to students. Previous speakers include Natasha Henry, a freelance sports journalist, and Mark Solomons, co-founder of SNS News Agency.

As one of our students, you also 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. This optional activity will help you to further develop your interviewing techniques, an essential skill for the aspiring journalist!

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.