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Study with a top history department and be taught from the cutting edge of historical research.

We are ranked first among all History departments in the country for the social and cultural impact of our research and fifth for the overall quality of our research. Our world leading experts have published widely, won prizes for their work, and contribute to national and international television and radio. Our publications include a contribution to Harry Potter: A History of Magic, the companion book to the recent exhibition of the same name at the British Library.

Through our diverse and inclusive curriculum students will learn about an array of cultures and identities. Topics range 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, Africa and the world, and America from Hamilton to Trump.

The modules you take in your second and third year allow you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting; you might focus on a region, such as Europe, or a particular period, such as the twentieth century. Whichever path you choose, you will find challenging and stimulating courses.

In your final year, you demonstrate your research skills by producing a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. 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 the recent presidents of the University’s Students’ Union wrote her dissertation during her final year of study with us on changing perceptions of the devil, while 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 academic team, conducting world-leading research
  • Stimulating, innovative courses - our 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
  • The opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic about which you are passionate
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities

You can also study History in combination with another subject:

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our course 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.

As a History student, I would never have imagined my degree could lead me to where I am now. It just shows the variety of skills you learn which I now use on a daily basis – data analysis, writing papers, presentations, building relationships, problem solving – all of which have been harnessed by the inspiring, dedicated tutors in History.

Gemma Fulton

(BA (Hons) History 2012-2015), Assistant Project and Performance Manager at Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Course details

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.

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. 

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800 - 15 Credits
  • Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001 - 15 Credits
  • The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Public History - 15 Credits
  • The Heritage Industry in Britain - 15 Credits
  • Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment - 15 Credits
  • Historians' Toolkit - 15 Credits
  • Africa and the World, 1450-1850 - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits

Optional

  • USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights A - 15 Credits
  • Hearth & Heart: Family Life in the Long Eighteenth-Century - 15 Credits
  • Propaganda in Twentieth-Century War and Politics - 15 Credits
  • Nation & Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939 - 15 Credits
  • Making a Historical Documentary - 15 Credits
  • Making Histories: Pubic History Work Experience - 15 Credits
  • Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism - 15 Credits
  • Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • Crime and Society in England, 1550-1750 - 15 Credits
  • The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991 - 15 Credits

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

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits 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...

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
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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2020

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23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)