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History BA (Hons)

University of Liverpool
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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About this program

History BA (Hons)

In Year One, modules cover global history, modern British and European history, and medieval and early modern European history. You will be introduced to independent learning and begin to develop a range of skills necessary to succeed at university.

Please note: In Year One students are required to take 30 credits of optional modules outside History. These may include Ancient History, Archaeology, Egyptology, or modules focusing on the histories of Ireland or Latin America. You may also choose modules from other subjects.

In Year Two, the choice of modules includes a variety of African, American, Asian, British and pre-modern and modern European options.

In Year Three, the emphasis is increasingly on independent study and the refinement of advanced research skills: namely, a three-hour weekly special subject module (centred on analysing primary sources) and preparing for the dissertation.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

ABB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Applications considered. BTEC applications are encouraged. We evaluate each BTEC application on its merits.

International Baccalaureate

33 points with no score less than 4

Irish Leaving Certificate


Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

ABB Advanced Highers, AABBB in Scottish Highers. Combinations welcome

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Accepted at grade A including BB at A level


Accepted in a relevant subject, with 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit

Extended Project Qualification

Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be AAA or AAB plus A in the EPQ.

Please note that Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Select programmes which have a Management, Law or Sociology component will not accept the EPQ. 

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

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Program content

Year One

  • History Matters
  • Modern Britain: Democracy, War, and Modernity
  • Understanding Modern Europe
  • Power, Belief and Identity: Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, C. 500-1600 Ce
  • Presenting the Past
  • The Global History of the Present

Year Two

  • Central Asia From Khans to Stans
  • Colonial Cosmovisions: Indigenous and Christian Worldviews in the Americas
  • Conquest and Encounter: From Caesar to the Americas
  • Crime and Deviance in the Modern World
  • Culture and Belief in Late Medieval England
  • Modern East-central Europe
  • Enlightenment: Ideas, Politics and Society in 18th-century Europe
  • Europe Since 1945: An Emotional History
  • Eyes On the Prize: the Long Struggle for Civil Rights
  • From Cradle to Grave: British Health and Medicine Since 1750
  • Global Nuclear Cultures
  • History in Practice
  • Human Rights in History
  • Liverpool: History and Heritage
  • Making America: North America From 'first Contact' to Revolution
  • Medieval Magic and Witchcraft
  • Possible Futures: Utopian and Dystopian Thought, 1300-1550
  • Practical Pieties: Moderates and Radicals in Early Modern England 1560-1625]
  • Suffragette to Ladette: Gender, Society and Culture in Twentieth-century Britain
  • Testimony and Truth: (re)constructing the Latin American Past]
  • Testing Times: French History From the Commune to Charlie Hebdo (1871-2015)
  • The Conquest of Mexico: VIolence, Memory and Legacy
  • The Indian Freedom Struggle(s)
  • The Industrial Revolution in Britain
  • The Meaning of Freedom in the Modern Caribbean
  • The Politics of Gender: Male and Female Rule in Early Modern Europe
  • The Pursuit of Happiness: American Revolutions, 1720-1812.
  • The VIkings
  • Themes in African History: An Introduction
  • Understanding American Slavery: Histories, Memories and Myths
  • Vandals, Romans, Arabs, Moors: Early Medieval North Africa, C. 350-850 Ce
  • War, Nationalism and Society in Europe, 1792-1801
  • War, Nationalism and Society in Europe, 1803-1815

Year Three

  • History Dissertation
  • Reviewing History
  • Uses of the Past: History Impact Module
  • Year Three Optional Modules African-american Odyssey: Slavery, Race, and Freedom in North America
  • Britain, Spain and the War Against Napoleon, 1808-1814
  • Charlemagne and Europe
  • Confronting Catastrophe?: Environmental Histories of Britain, Europe and the United States Since 1800
  • Digital Histories of Crime and Punishment: London, 1840 - 1910
  • Digital Histories of Gender, Race and Youth in Twentieth Century Britain
  • Emancipation, Sexuality, Repression: Women in Ireland, 1800-1939
  • Finding the African Voice: Sexuality, Spirits and Law in Southern Rhodesia (zimbabwe) 1890 - 1930
  • Invented Histories: British Uses of the Past, C1750-1900
  • Knowledge and Power in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Metropolis: Crisis and Reform in the Great Cities 1840-1920
  • Nuclear '83: Living in the Shadow of the Bomb in 1980s Britain
  • Revolution, Repression, Memory in 20th Century Latin America
  • 'satan's Guises: the Development of Protestant Demonologies in Early Modern England'
  • Stalin's Gulag
  • The Age of Catastrophe: Politics, Culture and the Self in Europe, 1930-1950
  • The Henrician Reformation
  • War and the People: Society and Culture in Second World War Britain


  • Home Undergraduates: £9,250 per academic year
  • International/EU Undergraduates: £18,500 per academic year

Career paths

According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, employers are looking increasingly for ‘softer’ skills such as team-work, informed judgement, cultural awareness, critical thinking and leadership. A History degree from Liverpool offers you the opportunity to develop this enviable range of skills, offering a flexible platform on which to base a vast array of career options.

Our graduates progress to a range of careers including:

  • Archives and records management
  • Arts
  • Banking
  • Charities
  • Financial consultancy
  • Heritage and culture organisations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • National and local government
  • Publishing
  • Retail management
  • Teaching in schools and universities.

About this institute

University of Liverpool

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University of Liverpool

14 Oxford St
L69 3BX Liverpool
United Kingdom


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