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History

Our research-led courses cover a broad variety of topics from magic and witchcraft, to propaganda and popular protest, to health and family life. 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, capitalism and its discontents, and America from Hamilton to Trump.

The School of Humanities

You will be joining the School of Humanities and will become a part of a creative and vibrant community. The great thing about Humanities is that it’s incredibly flexible, allowing you to build a degree that suits your interests and strengths.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

European Language (French, German or Spanish)

Languages open doors, break barriers and change lives. They’re transformational, highly sought-after by employers and a powerful way to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly multilingual world. Choose your route, immerse yourself in culture, history, politics and the world of business and shape a future full of exciting opportunities, right across the globe.

Why choose this course?

History

Here at the University of Hertfordshire you'll be treated as a fellow researcher, encouraged to think creatively, work collaboratively and become a confident, professional analyst of history, culture and the world around you. You'll also have opportunities to study abroad, conduct oral history interviews or work with local museums, archives and history groups, developing valuable practical skills. 

The Guardian Higher Education League Tables places us in the top 30 of universities for History in 2019.

European Language 

At Hertfordshire, languages aren’t just about skills, they’re about an intellectual experience that makes you a more confident, capable, culturally aware graduate. In fact, just the kind of candidate businesses and organisations all over the world are looking for. Languages are an opportunity to do something completely new, or build on skills you’ve learnt at school.

We offer three european language options, at three ability levels and, whichever language you choose, you’ll add it to your degree title, gaining an immediate international edge. You’ll learn in small, supportive groups and even have the option of studying abroad – an incredibly valuable, unforgettable experience.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the media, publishing, teaching and information management. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what’s important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experiences you can demonstrate.

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in March 2019.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Course details

Careers

 

 

Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields. Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the media, publishing, teaching and information management.  Whatever your future career plans, what’s important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experiences you can demonstrate.

Work Placement

The second-year module 'Making Histories' offers you voluntary placements with local museums, archives and history societies. The module is assessed through a portfolio of public history material that you produce as part of your placements.

Gain invaluable career experience with a work placement. All Humanities students are able to take a year out from their course and either take a year studying abroad (see 'Study Abroad' below) or take a work placement.

Benefits of work placements for students include:

  • Gaining valuable experience – research shows that over seventy per cent of employers prefer students with work experience.
  • Exploring career possibilities and making potentially valuable contacts - many students actually go on and work for the organisations they did their placement with after graduating.
  • Earning a wage whilst on your placement.

Students can go on a work placement between their second and third year of study at the University. When you return, you'll resume your studies in your final year before graduating. Whilst you're on your study abroad year, you'll have contact with a tutor who will ensure that your placement is running smoothly, and you'll participate in several academic 'back to studying' workshops in the lead up to your final year of study at the University.

Study Abroad

As part of your Humanities degree, you'll have the opportunity to take a year studying abroad as part of your course. We have partnerships with over 160 different institutions across the globe and we have students studying in places as part flung as Hawaii and Japan! Wherever you choose to study, your classes will be in English even if that's not the language widely spoken in the country you're travelling to. We even have special partnerships available for languages students who want to travel to a country where the language they are learning is predominantly spoken.

One of the most exciting aspects of your study abroad year is that we freeze your tuition fees whilst you're abroad meaning that you wouldn't pay us or your partner institution any tuition fees for this year! Most students will travel after completing their second year of study at the University of Hertfordshire and resume their final year of study with us a year later.

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

 

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on March 2019.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • English Heritage, 1500-1900 - 15 Credits
  • Britons: Who do we think they are? A - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Public History - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800 - 15 Credits
  • Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment - 15 Credits
  • The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s - 1990s - 15 Credits
  • Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001 - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights A - 15 Credits
  • Propaganda in 20th century War and Politics B - 15 Credits
  • The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991 [B] - 15 Credits
  • Making Histories: public history work experience - 15 Credits
  • Crime and Society in England 1550-1750 B - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe A - 15 Credits
  • History of the English Language - 15 Credits
  • Nation and Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-39 A - 15 Credits
  • The Slave Trade, 1649-1840 - 15 Credits
  • Doing History: Investigating the Historian's Craft - 15 Credits
  • Hearth and Heart: Family life in the long eighteenth-century - 15 Credits
  • Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism (A) - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • The 1956 Suez Crisis:Causes, Course and Impact 1945-1962 A - 15 Credits
  • Final Year History Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • French Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • French Project - 30 Credits
  • German Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • German Project - 30 Credits
  • Oral History Project - 30 Credits
  • Popular Protest, Riot and Reform in Britain, 1760-1848 B - 15 Credits
  • History Extended Essay - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Bodies and Sexuality in the Early Modern Period B - 15 Credits
  • Everyday Lives: an Intimate History of Twentieth Century Women A - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C 6a Post Year Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Thinking with History: Applying Historical Insight to Real-life Issues II - 15 Credits
  • Migrants and Minorities in Britain: 1688-1850 - 15 Credits
  • Princes and Paupers: 1760-1820 - 15 Credits
  • The American Pacific Rim: Colonisation, Conflict and Connections, 1800-present - 15 Credits
  • Witch-Bottles to Wishing-Wells: The Material Culture of Everyday Ritual - 15 Credits
  • Italy and Fascism - 15 Credits
  • Making Consumer Culture in Britain, 1660-1850 - 15 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits 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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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

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...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)