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. Please find below further information on the 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.
Second year study trip to Rome
‘The Ancient City of Rome’ is a second year module that combines a series of on-campus tutorial and preparation sessions with a study trip to the city of Rome. Whilst in Rome you will visit public monumental areas such as the Capitolium and the Palatine, and Churches such as St. Peter and the Vatican. You will also venture outside of Rome, visiting places such as Ostia, Tibur, Palestrina and Cerveteri.
In addition to studying overseas you will have the opportunity to combine your academic learning with practical experience on the work placement module. The module aims to enable you to develop your skills in critical, historical and visual analysis and interpretation with the aim of transferring and applying those skills to your chosen area of employment.
Here’s what some of our current students had to say about their work placements:
“My work placement was in Hitchin and Letchworth museum. I was asked by my manager, the local council archaeologist, to research a Saxon pot that had recently been found but hadn’t been identified. As a result I may get quoted in his research paper”. Isobel Murray, Classic Civilisation student
“I did my work placement as the museum of Somerset in Taunton. I got to try lots of different roles, but what I really enjoyed was the front of house work, where I got to communicate with the public. The work placement has helped me decide that when I leave university I want to go into a marketing/communications role”. Madeline Lukes, Classic Civilisation student