About the course

Our BA History and Philosophy gives you the opportunity to study two subjects that will help you to make sense of the world around you.

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 beliefs, magic and medicine, campaigns for freedom and equality, Africa and the world, and America from Hamilton to Trump.

In your philosophy modules, you will be introduced to a variety of philosophical issues ranging from the nature of reality, knowledge and mind, to questions about how we should live, what we should value, and what would be the best way of organizing society.

Throughout your degree, the common link between the two disciplines will be the development of analytical skills. As historians you will learn to analyse historical documents and debates among historians, while in Philosophy you’ll assess the arguments of others, arriving at your own conclusions on deep, important issues. 

These analytical skills, honed over the course of your studies, will benefit you in the final year, if you choose to write a dissertation. This extended piece of work, available either in History or in Philosophy, will grow out of a topic that interests you. Previous students have been inspired by their year of study abroad. 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.  And Philosophy students have worked on the ethical issues of playing video games, the nature of the imagination, and environmental philosophy and the obligations of the state.

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

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • An exceptional History team, conducting world-leading research (REF 2014), and a Philosophy team ranked in the 100 best Philosophy departments worldwide (2017 QS rankings). 
  • Stimulating, innovative courses - 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 dissertation on a topic about which you are passionate
  • The opportunity to expand your horizons by studying abroad at the end of your second year
  • 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, 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, retail management, marketing, the voluntary sector, publishing and the media.

Teaching methods

Our 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.

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. There is also an active student Philosophy Society.

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 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.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Reason and Persuasion 15 Credits Compulsory
    Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800 15 Credits Compulsory
    Social and Political Philosophy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mind, Knowledge and Reality 15 Credits Compulsory
    Ethics 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
    Philosophy of Film and Literature 15 Credits Optional
    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
    The Meaning of Life 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Themes in Plato's Republic 15 Credits Optional
    The Right and The Good 15 Credits Optional
    Philosophy of Mind 15 Credits Optional
    USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights A 15 Credits Optional
    Knowledge and Discovery 15 Credits Optional
    Philosophy of Art 15 Credits Optional
    Metaphysics 15 Credits Optional
    Philosophies of Religion 15 Credits Optional
    Virtues, Vices and Ethics 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
    Everyday Lives: An Intimate History of Twentieth Century Women 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

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

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *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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    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
    We welcome applications from international and EU students