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BA (Hons) History

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

BA (Hons) History

History gives you an in-depth view of the world. It enhances your understanding of the forces that play a part in economies, societies, cultures, power and faith.

‌Historians are critical readers of evidence. They understand how to construct knowledge. They're quick to recognise context. And they're adept at constructing engaging arguments and proposing alternative solutions.

Study in detail the topics that interest you, as well as exploring themes which span across the centuries. With more than 45 academic staff, the breadth and quality of the modules we offer will ensure that you'll find your niche.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAA/A*AB including an A in either History or Classical Civilisation
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 39 credits at Distinction including at least 9 credits in History-related units and 6 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD with an additional A Level or equivalent qualification in either History or Classical Civilisation at grade A
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 including History
  • European Baccalaureate: 85% overall, including 85% in History
  • International Baccalaureate: 36 points including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

Your first year will introduce the study of History at a degree level. You'll develop research skills and study prominent periods of interest.

Core modules

  • Political Communities in World History
  • Societies and Economies in World History
  • Knowledge and Beliefs in World History
  • Evidence and Methods
  • Group Research Project

Option modules

  • Period Topic (20 credits): choose one from around 15 options which may change from year to year.

Year 2

Your second year will be about preparing for your final dissertation and reports. You'll begin to design your project and learn how to use the tools needed to complete it. You'll also broaden your knowledge on a particular theme or period.

Core modules

  • Disciplines of History 1 (Issues in Historical Thought)
  • Disciplines of History 2 (Varieties of Historical Practice)

Option modules

  • Histories and Contexts: choose two modules (20 credits each), typically from around eight options.
  • Explorations: choose two modules (30 credits each), typically from around 18 options.

Year 3

In your final year of the BA in History, you'll participate in Special Subject seminars focusing in depth on a historical process or problem. You'll also complete your dissertation, demonstrating the research skills you have learned during your time here.

Core module

  • Dissertation

Option modules

  • Comparative module (40 credits): choose one from around 12 options; these will allow you to examine an important theme in a comparative historical and geographical context.
  • Special Subject module (40 credits): choose one from around 16 options; these are an advanced, source-based course on specific historical topic, taught through seminars.

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)


  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

York History students graduate with a wide range of valuable transferable skills. These include:

  • critical thinking
  • excellent communication skills
  • project management
  • independent, high-level research skills
  • ability to work with a variety of media and sources
  • time management

Career paths

Our graduates have gone on to work in the following sectors:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Social work and justice
  • Politics and government
  • Finance
  • Media
  • Business, commerce and public relations

About this institute

University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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Contact info

University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom


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