• History

Why study at Roehampton

  • Study the breadth and depth of 3,000 years of history ranging from Scandinavia to South America.
  • 100% of our History research is rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for the impact it has on society (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Opportunity to undertake a three-week placement on an archaeological dig, at a school or in a museum.
  • Roehampton is ranked Best Modern University in London (Complete University Guide 2016, the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and the Guardian University Guide 2016).

Our wide-ranging history course takes you across the globe so you can explore for yourself a full range of historical periods and societies and develop an excellent understanding of the contemporary world.

Right from the beginning of your course you will learn to question and decipher narratives about historical events, and will assess why history is constantly being rewritten.  The freedom to explore a full variety of human societies and environments is complemented in our history degree by the flexibility to pursue your own academic interests.  By the time you graduate, you will have honed your critical and analytic skills on a wide range of evidence as well as being a well-rounded graduate with an exceptional understanding of how the world has evolved.

More details

History at Roehampton introduces you to the full range of human activity, from the classical period to the study of medicine and revolution in the twentieth century via the study of subsistence societies in the European “dark-ages”. Social, economic, political, cultural and women’s history comprise the five main areas of specialisation, but instead of placing these themes in exclusive categories of medieval, modern and contemporary history, we have designed courses which either cut across traditional chronologies or give considerable emphasis to a multi-disciplinary approach. You are as likely to be studying a Roman vase or imaginative literature as a telegram or oral evidence in order to bring meaning to the past and to understand its relationship with the present. You’ll also have the opportunity to study how history engages and interacts with disciplines such as politics, philosophy, economics, sociology, archaeology and anthropology.

Our flexible modular system allows you to shape your studies around what interests you the most, and our research-led teaching means you will be supported by academics whose expertise is as varied as it is interesting - they will bring history to life by inspiring stimulating and exciting debates.

History at Roehampton balances vital academic studies of history today with personalised preparation for the 21st-century workplace - 92.8% of students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014). You will leave knowing how to identify, select, organise and interpret information, write analytically and conduct research-based activity.

Our campus is set in a landscape rich in history, and its advantageous location allows you to engage with London’s cultural and historical heritage. Learning is also taken outside the classroom, with field trips to places such as the British Museum integrated into your course. Plus, our work placement module could see you identifying and researching old artefacts or volunteering in a museum.

Year-by-year summary

First year

At Roehampton you will develop your own identity as a historian. From day one of your course you will develop a research project under the supervision of staff in our core module, Independent History Research Project. Then you will have the opportunity to explore a choice of exciting periods, places and themes.

We are introducing a new core, multi-period module for 2016/17 entry. For the first time students will be able to study a chronological history of genocide, beginning with the pre-modern world and ending with the Holocaust and genocides in the twentieth century. You can also take a walk through the political history of Europe exploring the Napoleonic Wars, the 1848 Revolutions and German unification (Politics and Revolution: Europe 1789-1871), and study the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome (Introduction to Ancient History).

Second year

In our core Histories module, you will develop your understanding of different social, cultural and technological approaches to history through the theme of war and conflict.

A thematically-broad range of optional modules builds on your first-year experience.  This develops your research and critical skills so that you can apply them across diverse concepts to particular places and periods; such as the bitter divisions in Restoration society (Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Politics, Culture and Society in England, 1660-1714); gender, sexuality and race across Europe at the height of imperialism (The Politics of Sex and the Body in Europe, 1880-1914); and revolution in Latin America (Latin American Revolutions).

There are also options to take your learning outside the classroom with our study trip to Rome (The Ancient City of Rome – Study Trip to Rome) or gain skills employers will value on the work placements module, which could see you undertaking historical research, museum work or documentary making (Work Placement).

Third year

In your third year you can pick from a variety of modules that have been specifically designed to give you in-depth exposure to the research specialisms of the History team, including gender, sexuality and feminism (Culture, Gender and Sexuality in the Nineteenth Century, and Islam and Women), magic (Magic and Politics c. 1550 - c. 1700) and war (The First World War: 100 Years On). You will study original documents intensively and prepare a dissertation or a special long essay involving independent research under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in that area.

What our students say

Jack Wilcock - History

"It’s been great to adapt my course to my own personal interests, thanks to the wide variety of modules and the freedom to choose my research topics".

Jack Wilcock, BA History

Example modules

  • 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

Career options

You will gain skills to be able to go into many different careers including publishing, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, accountancy and teaching.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

320 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Humanities »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Classical Civilisation [QV81] »

English Literature [QV31] »

Philosophy [VV15] »

Theology and Religious Studies [VV16] »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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1st, 8th or 15th December

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