Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

History and Archaeology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: VV14

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Classical Civilisation

  • The Archaeology of Britain

  • Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice

Optional modules

  • Exploring the Past

  • Representing the Past in Film

  • 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

  • Archaeology in the Field

  • Landscapes: Archaeological and Historical Approaches

  • Communicating the Past

Optional modules

  • Thinking About the Past

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

  • Emperors, Vikings and Scholars

  • British Identity

  • Venice

  • Cities of Culture

  • 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 module

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • The Parisi

  • Field, Village, Castle: Medieval Landscapes

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

"There's a lot of history surrounding Hull, and this influences the modules you study. Once I realised that, I knew that I'd be in the ideal place for my course."

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More about this course

Discover the fascinating histories of people, themes, places and eras by studying for this combined degree. Draw upon the contrasting approaches, insights and methods of archaeologists and historians to open a window on the human past. Studying at Hull enables you to view the past on a global scale whilst also investigating the intricacies and detail of more regional perspectives. Our staff are active researchers, and their expertise underpins the diverse range of modules available.

The programme starts by examining broad time periods to allow you to understand chronologies, landscapes and artefacts. It then examines the character, acquisition and interpretation of the evidence through which we can know and understand the past. Practical skills form a key part of the programme, and we provide all students with in-house fieldwork training on our research excavations. Your digital skills will also be developed to enable you to assemble, handle, interrogate and interpret data using the latest technology.

Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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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

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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 academic 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

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

Our graduates have used their historical and archaeological knowledge to develop careers as academic librarians, archivists, heritage managers, museum/gallery conservators, field archaeologists, records managers and information officers.

Other graduates have found success in sectors as diverse as accountancy, auditing, television and radio, journalism, local government, publishing, marketing, finance and banking, while some have used their archaeological expertise to gain employment in local planning authorities and conservation businesses.

Many graduates have elected to continue their studies by taking a masters degree in History or Archaeology, a postgraduate certificate in education or a vocational training course in areas like museum studies, librarianship, heritage studies and archive management.