UndergraduateHistory 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


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 ‘Approaching London’s Past’, ‘History of Political Thought and Philosophy’, ‘Film and Literature’

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

The Historian’s Craft

Approaching London’s Past

Philosophy, Film and Literature

Critical Thinking and Logic

Early Modern Philosophy

History of Political Thought


Year Two

Researching History and Philosophy

The Historian at Work

Languages for All

Study Abroad

The American Century

African American Freedom Struggles since 1945

Race and Empire

Genocide in Europe

London: History, Art, and Society

Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920

British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950

Study Trip to Berlin

The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945

The First World War: 100 Years On

Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World

Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Britain, 1660-1714

Distant Mirrors: Conquerors and Bureaucrats in Britain and China, 960-1066


Philosophy of Religion

Rationalism and Empiricism



Continental Philosophy 1

Indian Philosophy and Religion

Study Abroad


Year Three

History Dissertation


Philosophy Dissertation

The Vietnam War

The Irish Diaspora 1750-1939

Living  Dying Under the Third Reich

Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945

The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945

Treason in the Age of Ideologies

Violence in Africa

Henry VIII: Religion, Politics, and Tyranny

Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640- 1653

Magic and Politics, 1550-1700

Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings, 870-1030

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Philosophy of Law

Contemporary Epistemology

Marx and Critical Theory

Animals and Environment: Past to Present

Continental Philosophy

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.