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3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English

About this program

History BA

At the University of Essex we’re about social conscience, wondering why, and understanding the bigger picture. We teach you to find your own critical voice and view history through the eyes of different people, telling hidden histories that might otherwise be forgotten.

Our BA History allows you to explore challenging questions about the impact of political, social and cultural change on individuals, social groups and regions. From African-American slavery to Stalin’s Russia—from households in Essex to witchcraft in Germany—from the history of disease to revolutions in China, we urge you to explore the past in order to better understand the present.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Becoming a Historian
  • Europe Transformed: 1450-1750
  • History Works: Career Portfolio
  • The Making of the Modern World since 1750 (optional)
  • Multicultural Britain: A History (optional)
  • The Great American Experiment (optional)
  • People and Power: A History of Democracy in Modern Europe (optional)

Year 2

  • History Works: Career Portfolio
  • Approaches to History
  • Choosing Your Past: How to Design and Manage a Research Project
  • The Social and Cultural History of the First World War
  • Supernatural and Natural Worlds in Early Modern Europe
  • History in Schools
  • Public History Module: History in Museums
  • China: The Long Twentieth Century
  • Gender in Early Modern England

Final Year

  • Research Project
  • Pain: A Short History (optional)
  • Witches, Witchcraft and Witch-Hunts in Early Modern Europe and New England (optional)
  • Crime and Punishment: England in Comparative Perspective 1650-1900 (optional)

Program delivery

History BA: 3 years

History BA (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

History BA (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Taught by a weekly lecture followed by a seminar, where groups of about 15 students meet with their tutor to discuss their reading, to work together with primary sources, or to make presentations to the rest of the group
  • One-to-one tuition for your final-year project

Tuition

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career paths

In addition to the opportunity to learn about the past and come to a better understanding of the present, a course in history also provides you with important skills that will be of value after leaving university. You learn to absorb, analyse and assess a wide variety of information and viewpoints, to express your arguments in oral and written form, and to think and work both independently and in co-operation with others.

You therefore graduate prepared for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have gone on to have careers in a wide variety of fields including:

  • teaching
  • librarianship
  • museum and archive services
  • the Civil Service
  • local government
  • law enforcement
  • charity administration

About this institute

University of Essex

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.  We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in...


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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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