History and English

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for entry on to the degree. You’ll study the following modules

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1
  • Academic Study Skills
  • British History, 1688-1918
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2
  • Introduction to Study in the Humanities
  • Re-Visioning Shakespeare 

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  20%  0%  80%
Y1  16%  0%  84%
Y2  11%  0%  89%
Final  13%  0%  87%
FY  5%  15%  80%
Y1  0%  19%  81%
Y2  25%  3%  72%
Final  4%  12%  84%

About the course

History and English are complementary subjects, providing a broad understanding of the human past. Literature is a window onto the society that created it, and knowledge of history enables a better appreciation of its products. Both History and English have a strong presence at Hull. Inspiration is everywhere, on and off campus. Our students are fortunate in being able to explore the rich heritage and landscape of Hull and its region through the free field trips that support many history modules. Philip Larkin, Andrew Marvell and Winifred Holtby are among the notable figures who have left their literary mark on the city. Your studies are enhanced by a wealth of resources – both online and in the newly refurbished University Library. Specialist resources are available at Hull History Centre, the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), and the University Art Collection.

Staff in History and English are active researchers and their expertise underpins the wide range of modules available. In History, modules range from the Iron Age to the present day, covering key moments in the histories of Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In English, you can study the full literary spectrum of prose, poetry, drama and creative writing from the medieval era to the age of Shakespeare to the twentieth century and beyond.


BA (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a local, regional, national and international level.

A number of our graduates have gone onto the traditional kinds of employment associated with arts students, such as journalism, teacher training and the public services. However, this joint degree enables students to enter careers within the film and television industry, law, museums and archives, management, marketing and public relations. Our graduates take a wide range of positions including public relations officer, secondary school teacher, retail store manager, employment agency consultant, quality assurance technician, pension adviser, and fundraising and appeals organiser.

Hull has long featured among the UK’s top universities for the employability of its graduates, with an excellent Careers Service available to all students during their time here and after graduation. There’s also the option of continuing your studies as a postgraduate – so you may be interested in what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.