History and Philosophy


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  • The content of the programme is diverse and multicultural
  • Understand the political, economic, cultural, and social aspect of the past that underpin our world today
  • Benefit from Roehampton’s proximity to London’s resources such as the National Archives and the British Library
  • Be taught by world-class researchers, whose research informs their teaching
  • Roehampton is number six in London for History (The Times Good University Guide 2020)


History and Philosophy are intrinsically linked, complementary subjects; whilst philosophy is concerned with its own history, history requires philosophy to understand its ideas and reasons.

Our diverse and dynamic BA History and Philosophy combines historical studies, philosophical thought, historical experiences, theories of truth and validity, law, and political systems that will provide you with a broad knowledge of the past allowing you to formulate opinions about the present.

On this course, you will explore diverse and multicultural ideas and historical episodes. You’ll learn to conduct research, analyse ideas and interpret the past, graduating with a fluency in philosophical issues, historical knowledge and the relationships between past events and contemporary ones. 

You will engage with the academic traditions in history and philosophy and learn how to develop and express your opinions and arguments. You will be introduced to the politics, philosophy, and history of gender, race, class, identity, memory and diasporas, as well as the power dynamics of economics, and culture more broadly. You will be encouraged to decipher the historical past and contribute to philosophical debates in seminars and tutorials that include people of different backgrounds and interests.

You will learn about how people have existed, acted and thought using primary sources such as texts, paintings, coins, medals, cartoons, photographs and films, as well as oral source material from the recent past.  You’ll also become familiar with the writings of some of the major philosophers, and theories in the fields of logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.

Taught by academic staff engaged in world-class research, you will build many skills vital for a successful career, including analytical thinking, creative problem-solving, the ability to construct arguments, to write clearly and persuasively, and to explain complex information. You’ll learn through seminars, lectures, individual tutorials, and an Academic Guidance Tutor system that provides pastoral support and academic guidance. We endeavour to teach with and about the latest advances in digital methodologies, and this programme reflects and represents our globalised, multicultural, and diverse world.

Year One:

  • Learn and understand major ethical dilemmas, systems of logical and historical episodes
  • Expand your knowledge of various disciplinary approaches to History and Philosophy
  • Take modules such as ‘History of Political Thought', 'Philosophy, Film and Literature’ and 'Approaching London's Past'

Year Two:

  • Acquire real world experience with the module ‘The Historian at Work’, through which you will be able to take an internship, placement, or volunteer role in a professional role or as a researcher.
  • Become an active researcher and create an interdisciplinary research project
  • Choose modules from across the History and Philosophy programmes

Year Three:

  • Choose from a wide range of modules such as ‘The Vietnam War’, ‘Philosophy of War’ and ‘Violence in Africa’
  • Undertake a research project of your own choosing that will tie together the skills and knowledge you have developed over the course of your degree.

Year One

Philosophy, Film and Literature
The Historian's Craft
Modern British and European History
Critical Thinking and Logic
History of Political Thought
Early Modern Philosophy

Year Two

Compulsory Modules

Researching History and Philosophy
The Historian at Work

Optional Modules
Students must choose two 20-credit modules from either History or Philosophy in each semester. Students are advised to take a 50-50 split in modules (half from History and half from Philosophy)
Philosophy of Religion
Indian Philosophy and Religion
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
African American Freedom Struggles since 1945
Race and Empire
Genocide in Europe
The First World War: 100 Years On
Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920
British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950
Study Trip
The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945
Distant Mirrors: Conquerors and Bureaucrats in Britain and China, 960-1066
Continental Philosophy 1

Year Abroad (optional) Students may spend two semesters abroad (in Year 3) at a foreign university once this has been agreed with and approved by the Programme Convener.

Year Three

Compulsory Modules
History Dissertation
Philosophy Dissertation

Compulsory Modules
Students are advised to take a 50-50 split in modules (half from History and half from Philosophy)
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945
Henry VIII: Religion, Politics, and Tyranny
Living and Dying under the Third Reich
Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640- 1653
Magic and Politics, 1550-1700
The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945
The American Century
Continental Philosophy 2
Rebellion and Resistance in Modern African History
Philosophy of Law
The Limitation Game: Intelligence in International Perspective, 1899-1941
Animals and Environment: Past to Present
Contemporary Epistemology


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates can go on to various careers including publishing, teaching, politics, journalism, business management, law, media, advertising, public relations, community and social services, heritage or cultural management, and the civil service.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.