- Study over 3,000 years of history, looking at developments from across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
- Go on a three-week placement in a London museum or school, or a placement overseas.
- Roehampton is in the top ten universities in England for graduate earnings in history (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one year after graduation)
BA History at Roehampton gives you the chance to study over 3,000 years of our past.
Taught by our team of world-class historians, you will cover a vast range of periods, from the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman Empires, to the collapse of Communism, and the events that laid the path to Brexit.
Geographically, the curriculum is equally expansive, taking in the Americas, the British World, Europe, Africa and Asia. Interested in Islam and Women? The Vikings? Or early modern magic? This degree lets you focus on the areas of history that inspire you most.
You'll get real-world experience, and work placement and internship opportunities, and build the skills needed to open the door to many rewarding careers. Working alongside world-class scholars, you will also develop your own identity as a historian and your own research interests. If you're looking to understand the issues the world faces today by learning from the past, and are ready to develop the skills that employers seek, this degree is for you.
How you will learn
Our history degree is designed to build on your education by developing you as an individual and supporting your aspirations. You will learn to understand history in different ways, giving you a new perspective and challenging your views.
Develop key critical and analytical skills, and gain the confidence to present your arguments and debate ideas. Studying history in the 21st century requires digital literacies as well as traditional research skills, and at Roehampton you will learn the latest methods for uncovering the past.
We foster a supportive environment built on strong student-staff relationships and an environment that helps you to thrive, whatever your background. You will learn through engaging lectures and seminars and also have one-on-one tutorials, personal guidance meetings, and extracurricular activities to allow you to develop your experience outside the classroom.
The books and documentaries produced by our historians are reflected in your lessons and your contributions often become part of the dialogue that informs staff research. Take up opportunities to study abroad, undertake a work placement, meet visiting scholars from around the world, and join fellow students on field trips at home and overseas. You can also join the student-led Roehampton Historical Society and contribute your own ideas.
- Learn all the fundamental aspects of historical research across a broad range of topics.
- Develop skills that will be invaluable throughout your degree, and put them to the test while exploring the history of Europe, from medieval times to the modern day, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
- Take greater control of your studies, choosing the modules you take and following the interests you developed in year one.
- Module choices are diverse, ranging from medical history to political history, race relations to class struggle, and there are opportunities to study abroad and take a work placement.
- The only compulsory module in your third year is your dissertation, which you’ll work on under the guidance of your supervisor. What you research, and the approach you take, is up to you.
- Choose all the other modules you take this year. We offer a huge range, from Islam and Women, to a module that looks at the economic and social effects the Vikings had on the areas they conquered.
Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
Students take all of the compulsory modules below:
The Historian's Craft
Approaching London's Past
Exploring Medieval Worlds, 950-1500
American History from Columbus to Cold War
Reformation to Revolution in England: 1509-1660
Modern British and European History
Optional year-long module
either The Historian at Work
or one of the Languages for All modules.
Students choose two optional Autumn modules and two optional Spring modules or spend an optional semester abroad.
Latin American Revolutions
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
The American Century
African American Freedom Struggles since 1945
Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World
Race and Empire
Genocide in Europe
London: History, Art, and Society
Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Britain, 1660-1714
Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920
British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950
Study Trip [Berlin]
Germany, 1871-1945: Empire, Republic and Third Reich
The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945
Distant Mirrors: Conquerors and Bureaucrats in Britain and China, 960-1066
Cold War Internationalisms, 1945-1989
The First World War: 100 Years On
Year Abroad (optional)
Students may spend two semesters abroad at a foreign university once this has been agreed with and approved by the Programme Convener.
Students choose two Autumn and two Spring semester modules from the following:
Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945
The Vietnam War
Treason in the Age of Ideologies
Global Health in Africa from Empire to Ebola
Henry VIII: Religion, Politics and Tyranny
The Irish Diaspora 1750-1939
Living and Dying under the Third Reich
Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640-1653
Medicine and the Politics of Health from Cholera to the NHS
Magic and Politics, 1550-1700
Animals and Animal Rights, 1780 to the Present
The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945
Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings, 870-1030
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
You will graduate equipped to succeed in a wide range of careers, including publishing, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, accountancy and 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.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interview, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll have lots of opportunity to work with our partners across London and beyond, and also to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
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.