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 this course 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 topics and will become a well-rounded graduate, with an exceptional understanding of how the world has evolved.
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 medieval societies. 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 modules 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 2013/14). 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 take part in an archaeological dig or volunteering in a museum.
At Roehampton you will develop your own identity as a historian. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of exciting periods, places and themes. We are introducing a new, multi-period module for 2016/17 entry where you’ll study the history of London and visit many of its historical buildings and museums. You will also get to develop a research project under the supervision of our excellent staff.
In your second year, you will develop your understanding of different social, cultural and technological approaches to history through the theme of war and conflict. You’ll expand your research and critical skills so that you can apply them across diverse concepts to particular places and periods; which might include the bitter divisions in Restoration society (Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Politics, Culture and Society in England, 1660-1714) or gender, sexuality and race across Europe at the height of imperialism (The Politics of Sex and the Body in Europe, 1880-1914). We also currently offer a study trip to Rome and a work placement module, which could see you undertaking historical research, museum work or documentary-making.
In your third year, you will be able to 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, The First World War and the history of magic. You will study original documents and prepare a dissertation or a special long essay involving independent research under the close guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area that interests you.