BA (Hons) History

BA (Hons) History

Study a broad range of periods, places and peoples, from antiquity to the 21st century. There is a lot of flexibility in this course, with a huge range of modules to choose from, allowing you to tailor your studies based on the areas of history that excite you the most. Our team are active researchers and in your final year you will work with them to explore new directions in their specialist field.

York has played a central part in many of our country’s stories. It's been a seat of royal power and a site of rebellion. York has been home to the magnificent York Minster and industrial slums. It's been both an administrative centre and a strategic target. With a rich selection of original sources including museums, libraries and historical sites, it is an inspiring place to study.

As well as inspiring you and helping you become a skilled historical researcher, this course provides opportunities to gain work experience and transferable skills. Our History, Community and Culture module provides experience in history-related careers and includes an integrated work placement.

You can take advantage of our extensive partnerships with heritage sites, archives and businesses across the city. Our connections include York Museums Trust, York Explore and Yorkshire Film Archive. Through these partnerships you can explore archived treasures, create historical exhibitions and build professional networks.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

A degree in History can lead to a wide variety of different career paths. This course teaches you to solve complex problems through independent critical thinking, use varied sources of information to form conclusions and present your arguments both verbally and in writing. These are valuable skills in diverse professional settings.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Historical research
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Historic building conservation
  • Public sector
  • Archives and curation
  • Librarianship

Course Details

Year 1

Researching and Presenting the Past
Global York: A Social and Cultural History of the City
War and Society
The Visible Past
People and Nature: An Environmental History
European Revolutions
A Century in Crisis
United States: Empire of Liberty?

Year 2

History, Community and Culture
Making History
Pageantry, Power and Patriotism: Late Medieval England, 1300-1450
Watchers and the Watched: Society in Early Modern England, c. 1540-1670
Tudor Women: Agency and Authority
Reds! The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism
Victorian Grubs: Food, Science and Society
A United Kingdom? Britain, 1707-1837
The Great Society: America in the 1960s
Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism
The Roman Empire: Tiberius to Domitian (14-96)
Historical Specialisms
The Republic in Danger: France in the World 1914-62
From Slavery to Freedom

Year 3

Dissertation in History
Special Subject modules

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