Why study at Roehampton
- Enthusiastic and dedicated staff, teaching subjects related to their own research expertise and who offer a high level of support and guidance to help you excel.
- 96% of our students graduate satisfied with their experience studying with us(National Student Survey [NSS] 2013).
- Three week work placement options on an archaeological dig, in a school or at a museum in the UK or abroad.
This degree is one of the most diverse history courses in the UK. It ranges from ancient Greece and Rome to modern Latin America, from the social history of medieval Europe to Tudor and Stuart England. Special themes include the history of warfare from ancient Sparta to the Third Reich, and the histories of sex and violence.
Our BA in History balances vital academic studies for history today with personalised preparation for the 21st-century workplace. This course opens up new possibilities in historical thinking and writing.
We want to help you develop your identity as a historian, so right from the beginning you are able to pursue your own, independent project, which is supported by our history team. In other modules, you explore exciting periods, places and themes, such as ancient Macedonia, Spanish colonial America, revolutionary France, the Black Death in late medieval Europe, and Europe in Asia.
In our Histories module, you develop your understanding of different social, cultural and technological approaches to history through the theme of war. And a thematically-broad range of optional modules builds on your first-year experience. You develop your research and critical skills through engagement with particular concepts, places and periods such as gender and sexuality in ancient Greece, conquest in medieval England, and revolution in Latin America. You can also take a work placement option, and go on a study trip to Rome.
As well as taking more specialised options, designed to give you in-depth exposure to the research specialisms of the programme team, including medicine, childhood, warfare and crime, you will study original documents more intensively and prepare a dissertation or a special long essay involving independent research under the guidance of a supervisor.
Across the three years of the degree programme, you will be increasingly expected to develop your independence as a student and as a researcher. Modules are allocated a 3.5-hour teaching slot each week, with some of this time usually allocated to a lecture; however, the remaining time can be given over to seminar-based discussion, student-led group work and presentations.
- Marc Bloch, The Historian's Craft (Manchester University Press, 1954 & many reprints).
- Eric Hobsbawm, On History (Abacus, 1998).
- Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice (2nd edition, Hodder, 2006).
- John Tosh, The Pursuit of History (4th edition, Pearson Education, 2005).
The History team particularly recommends Eamon Duffy's The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (Yale, 2001).
An example of an excellent resource to explore is the Old Bailey Sessions website.
- Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings c. 870-1030
- Germany, 1871-1945: Kaiserreich, Republic and Third Reich
- The Ancient City of Rome – Study Trip to Rome
Graduates develop excellent transferable skills in critical analysis and assessment, enabling them to enter a wide range of careers including publishing, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, accountancy and the teaching profession.