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History

BA (Single Honours)

Start date:

September 2024

You'll need:

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code:

V100

V101 (If choosing Foundation Year)

Your journey starts here at Roehampton. This degree programme covers a vast range of periods, from classical Athens, through Viking conquests, to World War II and the Civil Rights movement.

Did you know?

We're the only London university offering courses spanning from Ancient to Contemporary History. Our curriculum is globally diverse, covering Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with a specialist US Historian.

Employability is emphasised throughout the three years of study. Why limit yourself to just the 19th and 20th centuries when you can delve into the drama of ancient, medieval, and early modern history? This broader focus not only enhances your graduate prospects (over 60%) but also widens your career options in the heritage sector.

Top modern university in London in History

(Complete University Guide 2025)

Silver in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

For delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

#1 modern university in the UK for Research

Research Excellence Framework

Foundation Year

This course can also be studied with a foundation year (September entry only).

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This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University's Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

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Skills

During your studies, our priority is making sure you get the skills needed for a fulfilling and successful career.

This incorporates;

  • Challenging yourself to think globally and comparatively by engaging with cultural, social, economic, political, and intellectual history
  • Learning how historians operate, with practical opportunities to engage in public history and digital humanities projects
  • Gaining employability skill training including career development, interview and workplace skills.

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.

Learning

This teaching format is shaped around feedback by academic staff as well as peer-feedback from fellow students to enhance your learning experience.

During your time on our BA History programme, you'll learn through a combination of: 

  • Engaging lectures with world-class academics
  • Open-debate seminars
  • Small seminar group work with other historians
  • All tutors get to know students well and can support your academic studies, as well as college & university support.
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•    First year students on the Making History module visited the Wiener Holocaust Library in central London - the world's oldest Holocaust archive - where they received a tour of the collections and were briefed on an exciting new digital resource called the Refugee Map. Students then used this to design a temporary exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day on the theme 'The Fragility of Freedom'. Their work traced disrupted Jewish lives in 1930s Europe - and was displayed in Roehampton's University Library at the end of January. 


•    Second year students on the Applied Humanities module have been busy networking with employers and Roehampton History alumni as part of our flagship employability module. This term, we've had inspirational visits from Frontline (England’s largest social work charity, and a leading graduate employer within the Public and Charity Sector); curators and outreach officers from the Museums Association and National Portrait Gallery; author and Creative Writing coach Rachel Knightley; and former Roehampton History graduate Avraham Goodman who now works as a Senior Policy Officer for the UK Government. We have also heard from recent History students who have embarked upon successful careers in heritage and teaching. 


•    Third year students on the Representations of the Holocaust module toured the Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum London with Dr Caroline Sharples, analysing museum narratives and key design features, as well as having the opportunity to see, first-hand, some of the historical artifacts that we had been discussing back in the classroom. To build on this experience, the students are also excited to be meeting with the IWM's Head of Public History, Dr James Bulgin, at the end of term to learn more about how the Holocaust display was created.


•    We also marked Holocaust Memorial Day in January with a visit from survivor Anne Wolfe-Skinner who shared her emotive life story with staff and students about her life story. 

Dr Andrew Wareham

Dr Andrew Wareham is Reader in Economic and Social History, specialising in the medieval period and the late 17th century. He is interested in comparative approaches to History, and is currently researching the relationship between taxation, hierarchy, and community in England. He teaches modules in medieval and early modern history, with a focus on Europe and Asia.

Dr Caroline Sharples

Dr Caroline Sharples is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History. She is especially interested in history and memory, and her research specialism concerns the postwar legacy of National Socialism. She is currently writing a cultural history of the death of Adolf Hitler. Caroline teaches modules on historiography, dictatorship and representations of the Holocaust.

Dr Jack Hodgson

Dr Jack Hodgson is a historian of childhood and youth activism in the 19th and 20th century USA. He researches radical and extreme children's movements including the Young Pioneers of America and the Junior Ku Klux Klan. He is interested in the changing relationship between children, citizenship, Civil Rights, politics, and the environment. In addition to American history publications, he has also published research on children's artwork from the Spanish Civil War.

Candace Scarborough

Candace Scarborough is a historian and movement artist. She is interested in the histories of marginalised groups in the late medieval and early Tudor period, specialising in African presence in England and women's careers at the Tudor court. Her research explores collaborations between history, performance, and heritage.

Prof. Fiona McHardy

Professor Fiona McHardy is an expert in the cultural history of violence in antiquity. She is currently writing a book on Gendered Violence in Ancient Greece, covering such topics as infanticide, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Fiona teaches modules on ancient Greek history and literature.

Dr Helen Esfandiary

Dr Helen Esfandiary is a cultural historian specialising in the body, medicine, disease, gender in the early modern and Georgian periods, with a particular interest in the perspectives of mothers and medical practitioners on children and adolescents.

Dr Julia Tomas

Julia Tomas is a Roman Historian with a particular interest in what happened when Rome became involved in the Greek East. Her research explores how cultural interactions between Greece and Rome were played out and represented in public architecture, inscriptions, and sculpture. Her current research projects are an article on the architectural benefactors of Julio-Claudian Aphrodisias and an architectural and epigraphic study of the Augustan colonies of Pisidia.  Julia teaches Introduction to Ancient History.

 

Dr Katerina Volioti

Dr. Katerina Volioti, Lecturer in History, teaches modules on Art History, museums, and digital humanities. Katerina's research draws from deep social theory and makes connections between ancient and modern periods.

 

Professor Ted Vallance

Professor Ted Vallance works on the political history of seventeenth-century England. He is currently writing a new history of the trial and execution of Charles I. Professor Vallance teaches our third-year module 'Radicalism in the English Revolution.'

Dr Dustin Frazer Wood

His research focuses on the ways European writers and artists have discovered, imagined and remade classical and medieval literature, history and material culture over the past 600 years.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson specialises in political thought, parliament and propaganda in mid-Elizabethan England. His other interests are late Medieval and Early Modern Political thought, political culture from 1400-1700, Shakespeare’s England and the History of London.

Lecturer talking to students in class

Assessment 

100% coursework - no exams!

Assessment is varied and authentic, meaning you are developing transferable skills useful for the workplace.
Assessments include:
•    Oral presentations
•    Book and film reviews
•    Posters
•    Source analyses
•    Public history project e.g. designing a pop-up exhibition or creating an educational resource for schools.


Final year: you will undertake the Independent Research Project - a lengthier piece of work that showcases all your skills as a historian.

Career

Graduates of BA History are ready for a wide range of careers.

This includes careers in:

  • publishing
  • broadcasting
  • legal professions
  • the charity sector
  • accountancy
  • teaching

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.  

Wherever you want to go in the future, you’ll be preparing for the world of work from day one at Roehampton, with regular access to:

  • Career development events
  • Guest industry speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Personalised mentoring and careers support

You’ll graduate ready to grab every opportunity that comes your way. 

Our careers support team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Open days

Get a real taste of our campus, community and what it’s like to study at Roehampton

Full-time UK undergraduate students apply through UCAS.

 

Entry tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

 

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year one fees

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for UK students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

International undergraduate students apply through our direct application system.

 

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year one fees

EU and International: £15,488
Placement year: £998

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for international students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

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