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Why study at Roehampton

  • Study over 3,000 years of history ranging from Europe to the Americas and from Asia to Africa.
  • Undertake a three-week placement in a London museum or school, or a placement overseas.
  • 96% of our BA History graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2016 results).
  • 100% of our History research is rated "internationally excellent" for the impact it has on society (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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, the programme covers a huge period, 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 programme is expansive, taking in the Americas, the British World, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our History degree is designed to be flexible and allow you to study the topics that appeal to you most, while giving you real-world experience and work placement opportunities. We also believe in choice, and allowing you to choose pathways of study which inspire you is central to our whole philosophy.

If you are looking for a History degree course that will enable you to understand the issues the world faces today by learning from the past, and if you are ready to develop the skills that employers seek, then our History degree is for you.

How you will learn

Our History degree course is designed to build on your education by developing you as an individual and supporting your aspirations. You will learn how to understand history in different ways, giving you a new perspectives and challenging your views. You will 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 will help you thrive, whatever your background. Learning takes place in the classroom with engaging lectures and seminars. You will also have one-on-one tutorials, personal guidance meetings, and extracurricular activities to allow you to develop your experience outside the classroom. You will have an opportunity to study abroad, undertake a work placement, meet visiting scholars from around the world, and join your fellow students on field trips at home and overseas. You will also have the chance to join the student-led Roehampton Historical Society and contribute your own ideas.

Gain an Edge in Careers

A History degree opens numerous rewarding career avenues. 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. If comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown have only one thing in common, it is a history degree!

At Roehampton you can capitalise on these skills and put them to use immediately. You will be able to take a work placement or internship of your choice, opening a gateway to any number of careers. You can work with our partners across London and beyond, in the local heritage sector, finance industry, schools, and attend a Roehampton jobs fair. Best of all, 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 history graduates working at the top of their careers. History at Roehampton is an investment in your future.

Take it from the Experts

Working alongside world-class scholars is part of the student experience at Roehampton. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

Gain an Edge in Careers

A History degree opens numerous rewarding career avenues. 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. If comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown have only one thing in common, it is a history degree!

At Roehampton you can capitalise on these skills and put them to use immediately. You will be able to take a work placement or internship of your choice, opening a gateway to any number of careers. You can work with our partners across London and beyond, in the local heritage sector, finance industry, schools, and attend a Roehampton jobs fair. Best of all, 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 history graduates working at the top of their careers. History at Roehampton is an investment in your future.

 

Take it from the Experts

Working alongside world-class scholars is part of the student experience at Roehampton. 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. But don't take our word for it. Watch some of Roehampton's historians at work:

Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Module
Approaches to History 

Optional Modules
Living and Dying in Europe 1000-1700
Modern American History
Twentieth-century Britain 
Modern European History 
Contemporary Global History 
Introduction to Ancient History 

 

Year 2

Compulsory Module
Histories

Optional Modules

 

Year 3

Compulsory Module
Dissertation  or Special Essay

Optional Modules

 

What our students say

"It’s been great to adapt my course to my own personal interests, thanks to the wide variety of modules and the freedom to choose my research topics".

Jack Wilcock, BA History

Career options

You will graduate from our BA in History with the skills to be able to succeed in a wide range of careers, including publishing, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, accountancy and teaching.

The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.

UCAS code

V100

Level

Undergraduate

BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

2017 entry: 128 points

General entry requirements »

Department

Humanities

Duration

3 (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2017; UK/EU)»

£13,000 (2017; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

Key Information Set

Key Information Set

Combinations

Classical Civilisation [QV81] »

Philosophy [VV15] »

Theology and Religious Studies [VV16] »

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