Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

History and English

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QV31

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Literature Lab

  • Travels in Text and Time

You'll also choose one from

  • 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

  • Reading Fiction

  • Approaches to Poetry

  • Drama and Performance

  • Literature in the Digital Age

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In History, you'll study two core modules

  • Thinking About the Past

  • Communicating the Past

In English, you'll study one of three core modules

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature and Culture in the Long 18th Century

  • British and American Modernism

Optional modules

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

  • Emperors, Vikings and Scholars

  • British Identity

  • Venice

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

  • Into the Wild: American Environmental History and Culture

  • Cities of Culture

  • Landscapes: Archaeological and Historical Approaches

  • The History of Emotions

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

  • Power and Dominion: Expanding Rule in the Atlantic World, 1066-1865

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

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature 1530-1633

  • Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

  • Voyage Out: Travel and Writing (combines Fictions of Empire)

  • The Child in British and American Literature

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

  • War, Writing and Remembrance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • American Gothic

  • Creative Enterprises

  • Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

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

  • First World War

  • 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

  • Hell Afloat? Sailors and British Society 1800-1930

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Writing the Revolution

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Childhood Trauma in Contemporary Fiction

  • Crime Fiction

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers, Coasts and Borders

  • American Slavery in Literature and Film

  • Special Author

"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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“The library was definitely the most impressive feature on campus and by far the best University library I have seen.”

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More about this 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.

Teaching and Learning

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

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

Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Gain a first-class grounding in literature, from the medieval era to the 21st century, under the guidance of world-leading experts.

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

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.