BA (Hons) History and Religion

BA (Hons) History and Religion

Learn about the historical events and philosophical movements that have shaped our modern world. This course gives you the freedom to choose the modules that interest you most, and the debates and issues raised in each subject will help to inform one another.

In your Religion modules you will explore theological questions not as abstract concepts but as ways we can try to deal with problems in everyday life. We will discuss relevant and sometimes controversial issues such as:

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Relationships between races and genders
  • The influence of the media
  • The role of ethics in life and death decisions
  • Environmental issues
  • The morality of war

In your History modules you will have the chance to study many different periods, places and peoples, from antiquity to the 21st century. Some of the areas you may study include:

  • American history
  • Empires
  • Environmental history
  • Revolutions
  • Slavery
  • The Cold War

York has a long and fascinating history, and we make use of the resources on our doorstep. You will benefit from our extensive partnerships with heritage sites, archives and businesses across the city, including York Museums Trust, York Explore and Yorkshire Film Archive.

In both your History and your Religion modules we will support your learning through field trips and visits in York and beyond. Our work related learning module will help you to gain work experience and transferable skills to prepare you for your career.

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

Through this degree you will learn to think in an empathetic and critical way. You will also build essential transferable skills in researching, written and verbal communication, self management and team work. These are valuable skills in diverse professional settings.

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

  • Ministry or interfaith work
  • Social services
  • Charity and community projects
  • Historical research
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Archives and curation

Course Details

Year 1

Studying Religion
Researching and Presenting the Past
Philosophy and Religion
World Christianity
Global York: A Social and Cultural History of the City
War and Society
Global Islam
The Story of the Bible
Values and Virtues: Ethics and Religion
Foundations of Christian Theology
The Visible Past
People and Nature: An Environmental History
European Revolutions
A Century in Crisis
United States: Empire of Liberty?

Year 2

Work Related Learning
History, Community and Culture
From Descartes to the Death of God
Matters of Life and Death
Problems of Evil
Religion and Literature
Religion and Politics
Theology and the Environment
Religious Mapping
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

Religion and Myth
Religion and Genocides
Negotiated Study 1 and 2
Religion in the Public Sphere
Religion and Globalisation
Feminist Ethics and Religion
Religion and Visual Culture
Great Philosophical Texts
Spirituality and Public Life
Theology and Ethics through Film
History Special Subject modules

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