- Study over 3,000 years of history ranging from Europe to the Americas and from Asia to Africa.
- Undertake a three-week placement in a London museum or school, or a placement overseas.
The Foundation year of this programme is subject to validation*
BA History at Roehampton gives you the chance to study over 3,000 years of our past. Taught by our team of world-class historians, the programme covers a huge period, from the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman Empires to the collapse of Communism and the events that laid the path to Brexit. Geographically, the programme is expansive, taking in the Americas, the British World, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our History degree is designed to be flexible and allow you to study the topics that appeal to you most, while giving you real-world experience and work placement opportunities. We also believe in choice, and allowing you to choose pathways of study which inspire you is central to our whole philosophy.
If you are looking for a History degree course that will enable you to understand the issues the world faces today by learning from the past, and if you are ready to develop the skills that employers seek, then our History degree is for you.
The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying History at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
How you will learn
Our History degree course is designed to build on your education by developing you as an individual and supporting your aspirations. You will learn how to understand history in different ways, giving you a new perspective and challenging your views. You will develop key critical and analytical skills, and gain the confidence to present your arguments and debate ideas. Studying History in the 21st century requires digital literacies as well as traditional research skills, and at Roehampton you will learn the latest methods for uncovering the past.
We foster a supportive environment built on strong student-staff relationships and an environment that will help you thrive, whatever your background. Learning takes place in the classroom with engaging lectures and seminars. You will also have one-on-one tutorials, personal guidance meetings, and extracurricular activities to allow you to develop your experience outside the classroom. You will have an opportunity to study abroad, undertake a work placement, meet visiting scholars from around the world, and join your fellow students on field trips at home and overseas. You will also have the chance to join the student-led Roehampton Historical Society and contribute your own ideas.
Gain vital career skills
A History degree opens numerous rewarding career avenues. History graduates have vital skills that make them attractive to employers, including confidence, adaptability and the capacity to work with people from all walks of life. It's no wonder that history graduates become prime ministers, top lawyers, documentary film makers, museum curators, cultural heritage managers, teachers, economists, and business leaders. If comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown have only one thing in common, it is a history degree!
At Roehampton you can capitalise on these skills and put them to use immediately. You will be able to take a work placement or internship of your choice, opening a gateway to any number of careers. You can work with our partners across London and beyond, in the local heritage sector, finance industry, schools, and attend a Roehampton jobs fair. Best of all, our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interview and meet and learn from successful history graduates working at the top of their careers. History at Roehampton is an investment in your future.
Learn from leading experts
Working alongside world-class scholars is part of the student experience at Roehampton. The books and documentaries produced by our historians are reflected in your lessons and your contributions often become part of the dialogue that informs staff research.
Throughout your history degree, you will develop your own identity as a historian and develop your own research interests.
During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module, Adventures in Humanities, which will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in History, which is essential for success in your degree. It is taught in weekly three hour sessions and you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, film screenings and field trips.
In your first year, you will learn all the fundamental aspects of historical research across a broad range of topics. These skills will be invaluable throughout your degree, but in your first year you will have the opportunity to test them while exploring the history of Europe from medieval times to the modern day, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
In your second year, you will be able to take greater control of your studies, choosing the modules you take and following the interests you developed over the first year. Module choices are diverse, ranging from medical history to political history, race relations to class struggle, and they include opportunities for you to study abroad and take a work placement.
The only compulsory module in your third year is your dissertation, which you will work on under the guidance of your supervisor. What you research, and the approach you take is up to you. You will have free reign choosing your other modules, whether you want to study Islam and Women, a political history of the use and consequences of early modern magic, or gain a deeper understanding of the economic and social effects the Vikings had upon the areas they conquered.
Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
Students take all of the compulsory modules below:
The Historian's Craft
Approaching London's Past
Exploring Medieval Worlds, 950-1500
American History from Columbus to Cold War
Reformation to Revolution in England: 1509-1660
Modern British and European History
Optional year-long module
either The Historian at Work
or one of the Languages for All modules.
Students choose two optional Autumn modules and two optional Spring modules or spend an optional semester abroad.
Latin American Revolutions
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
The American Century
African American Freedom Struggles since 1945
Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World
Race and Empire
Genocide in Europe
London: History, Art, and Society
Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Britain, 1660-1714
Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920
British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950
Study Trip [Berlin]
Germany, 1871-1945: Empire, Republic and Third Reich
The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945
Distant Mirrors: Conquerors and Bureaucrats in Britain and China, 960-1066
Cold War Internationalisms, 1945-1989
The First World War: 100 Years On
Year Abroad (optional)
Students may spend two semesters abroad at a foreign university once this has been agreed with and approved by the Programme Convener.
Students choose two Autumn and two Spring semester modules from the following:
Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945
The Vietnam War
Treason in the Age of Ideologies
Global Health in Africa from Empire to Ebola
Henry VIII: Religion, Politics and Tyranny
The Irish Diaspora 1750-1939
Living and Dying under the Third Reich
Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640-1653
Medicine and the Politics of Health from Cholera to the NHS
Magic and Politics, 1550-1700
Animals and Animal Rights, 1780 to the Present
The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945
Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings, 870-1030
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
You will graduate from our BA in History with the skills to be able to succeed in a wide range of careers, including publishing, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, accountancy and teaching.
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.