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 vital career skills
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.
Learn from leading 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.
Throughout your history degree, you will develop your own identity as a historian and develop your own research interests.
In your first year, you will learn all the fundamental aspects of historical research across a broad range of topics. These skills will be invaluable throughout your degree, but in your first year you will have the opportunity to test them while exploring the history of Europe from medieval times to the modern day, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
In your second year, you will be able to take greater control of your studies, choosing the modules you take and following the interests you developed over the first year. Modules choices are diverse, ranging from medical history to political history, race relations to class struggle, and they include opportunities for you to study abroad and take a work placement.
The only compulsory module in your third year is your dissertation, which you will work on under the guidance of your supervisor. What you research, and the approach you take is up to you. You will have free reign choosing your other modules, whether you want to study Islam and Women, a political history of the use and consequences of early modern magic, or gain a deeper understanding of the economic and social effects the Vikings had upon the areas they conquered.
Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
Approaches to History
“Whilst on my degree, there have been opportunities for field trips to local museums as well as archaeological sites.These trips to museums and the National Archives have really contributed towards my grades”.
Leah Martin, BA History
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.
*In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. Complete University Guide does not itself define modern universities and does not produce a separate league table in which these are ranked.
BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours
Single or Combined honours
This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.