What you'll study

As well as the standard three year degree, there’s also the option to continue studying for a fourth year to gain a Masters qualification (MHist). If you need to bring your skills or qualifications up to university entry level, our degree with a foundation year is ideal.

Foundation year

* Modules are subject to availability

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for learning at degree level. You’ll study the following modules

Core modules

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1

  • Academic Study Skills

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2

  • British History, 1688-1918

  • Dictators of the Twentieth Century

  • Introduction to Study in the Humanities

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules (choose one of the following)

  • Exploring the Past

  • Representing the Past in Film

Optional modules

  • Classical Civilisation

  • Heritage and Modern War

  • The Medieval World

  • Early Modern People and Their Worlds

  • The Modern World

  • Global Histories: The Non-Western World

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Thinking About the Past

  • Communicating the Past

Optional modules

  • From Tahiti to Kew: Science and Empire in the 18th Century

  • Emperors, Vikings and Scholars

  • British Identity

  • Cities of Culture

  • Landscapes: Archaeological and Historical Approaches

  • Venice

  • A Millennium of Persecution: Jews & Anti-semitism in Europe, 1000-1945

  • “Ninety Per Cent of Everything”: Shipping and Society since 1650

  • The “Bloody Code”: Crime and Punishment in 18th Century London

  • Into the Wild: American Environmental History and Culture

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Family, Law and Society in Early Modern England

  • A Racial History of Modern Britain, 1793-1999

  • The Third Reich, 1933-1945

  • The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ and the Middle East, 1945-1973

  • Crisis and Conflict After the Cold War: Interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of 1990s

  • Hazards and History: Disasters, Wars and Societies

  • Field, Village, Castle: Medieval Landscapes

  • Visual Culture in France in the Nineteenth Century: Revolution and Representations of Power, Places and People

  • Edward I and the Origins of English Imperialism

  • Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution

  • First World War

  • The Gurkhas in Context: Military History of India since 1740

  • Commanding the Oceans: Seapower and British Ascendancy, 1688-1815

  • Monks, Heretics and Reformers: The Religious Revolution of the Central Middle Ages

  • Luther and his Legacy

  • Hell Afloat? Sailors and British Society 1800-1930

  • The Parisi

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More about this course

Variety is at the heart of our vision of history here at Hull. Historians are just as likely nowadays to study how people lived and loved in times gone by as they are to probe the stories of rulers and battles. At Hull, we recognise history in all of its diversity. With our exciting choice of modules, you can follow your interests in social, cultural, art, global, indigenous, military, maritime and economic history, as well as archaeology. Our programmes are broad in conception, ranging from the Iron Age to the present day, so students are ideally placed to explore the key themes of continuity and change. The programme is delivered by active researchers and authors whose professional historical expertise underpins the modules they provide.

You’ll have access to a wealth of resources, both online and in the magnificently refurbished University Library. Specialist study resources are also available at the pioneering Hull History Centre, the distinctive Maritime Historical Studies Centre, and the world-leading Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE). Enhance your employability by spending a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Asia or Australia. There’s also the option to continue studying for a fourth year to gain a Masters qualification (MHist). If you need to bring your skills or qualifications up to university entry level, our degree with a foundation year is ideal.

Teaching and Learning

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History at Hull scored 96% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, while Archaeology was top with a perfect 100%.

Follow your interests in the social, cultural, art, indigenous, military, maritime and economic history of Britain, Europe and the wider world.

Study under active researchers whose historical expertise and passion underpins the modules they teach.

Resources include one of the UK's best university libraries, plus the Hull History Centre, Maritime Historical Studies Centre and the Wilberforce Institute.

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

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU (Foundation Year): £6,165 
  • International (Foundation Year): £9,000
  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

Future Prospects

Hull has a distinguished track record in the area of graduate employability. 96% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

Employers value the skills that students acquire through studying History. Our degree programme will enhance your abilities to analyse complex data and present clear and coherent arguments in essays, presentations and classroom discussions. These skills are readily transferable to most areas of work.

Our graduates have used their historical knowledge to develop careers as academic librarians, archivists, heritage managers, museum/gallery conservators, records managers and information officers. Others have found success in sectors as diverse as accountancy, auditing, television and radio, journalism, local government, publishing, marketing, finance and banking.

Many graduates have elected to continue their studies by taking a Masters degree in History, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a vocational training course in areas like Museum Studies, Librarianship, Heritage Studies and Archive Management.

As a Hull graduate, you will continue to have access to the University Careers Service, which provides a wealth of advice and information on the world of work, as well as maintaining close links with local, regional, national and international graduate employers.