Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA History

Discover the excitement of the past ... and how it continues to shape the present.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

N/A

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UCAS code

V100

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Start date

Course overview

Studying history at Hull spans 3,000 years, touches five continents, and engages with the vast maritime spaces in between.

We balance the thrill of fresh discoveries with looking at familiar topics in new, eye-opening ways. You can follow your interests in the histories of society, culture, art, power, gender and war. And you can learn from eras dating from the Iron Age to present day.

You'll study under active researchers and authors whose historical expertise informs the modules they teach. And you'll benefit from the resources of a city steeped in history – with access to Hull History Centre, Blaydes Maritime Centre and the Wilberforce Institute.

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6 reasons to study History at Hull

  1. 97% graduate employability rating§
  2. Rated 1st in UK for archaeology by our students
  3. 24/7 term-time access to the Brynmor Jones Library
  4. Study the past using the latest digital tech
  5. Local resources such as Hull History Centre
  6. Gain the transferable skills that employers value

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Classical Civilisation

    This module explores key cities in the Graeco-Roman world that shape our understanding of 'Classical Civilisation'. From Minoan Knossos and Troy to Athens, Sparta, Rome, Pompeii and Istanbul, we use visual and material culture to examine what we actually know about living, believing and fighting in the ancient world.

    Heritage and Modern War

    This innovative module explores the different methods used by public historians and heritage bodies to present the history of warfare during the 19th and 20th centuries.

    The Medieval World: Life, Power and Belief

    Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Europe experienced a transformation so revolutionary and profound that historians now refer to it as 'the making of Europe'. This module introduces the period which was so central to European history and culture.

    Crowns, Crosses and Crossings: Early Modern People and Their Worlds

    This module introduces the different ways that historians have sought to explain historical change in Europe, and Europe’s changing place in the world, from the late Middle Ages to the dawn of the modern era. It investigates a distinctive, exciting period of history which has done much to shape the world of today.

    From Peasants to Consumers, from Subjects to Citizens: Themes in the Modern World

    This module considers the big themes that have shaped the modern world in the 19th and 20th centuries: war, revolution, nationalism and identity. 

    The Past: Reality and Reconstruction

    This module uses representations of the past from popular culture – such as films, computer games and re-enactments – to ask questions about the purposes and nature of historical study.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Thinking About the Past

    This module focuses on historiography - the history of history. It deals with how the subject of history and historical writing have evolved from ancient times to the present day.

    Communicating the Past: The Virtual Historian

    This module trains you as an apprentice ‘virtual’ historian, giving you the skills to undertake your own original research. But ‘virtual’ has a dual meaning here: you'll explore the availability of sources online and present a source in a context suited for the public by designing an illustrated blog post.

  • Optional

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

    In noting that "ninety per cent of everything" transported in the world travels by sea, Rose George contends that "freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the internet, yet it is all but invisible". This module illuminates significant interactions between humanity and the world's oceans. It explores themes such as material and human cargoes, people and places, and control over sea space.

    The British Empire

    The Victorian and Edwardian period is often described as an 'age of imperialism'. Yet what exactly does this description imply? Was British imperial expansion a symptom of aggressive self-confidence or of defensive uncertainty? Was the British Empire a cost or a benefit to Britain and its dependencies? Did the First World War strengthen or weaken the British Empire?

    Enlightenment, Reform and Revolution

    The 18th century as the period of the Enlightenment and the "age of revolutions" has often been considered the beginning of the "modern world". This module explores key concepts of the political, social and intellectual history of Europe between the "Glorious Revolution" and the fall of Napoleon.

    Romans and Barbarians

    Is the traditional idea of primitive barbarians correct? Delve into the relationship between the Romans and their neighbours – one which extended and transformed the Roman world.

    The Shot Heard Around the World: 1776 in its Global Contexts

    Did the Boston Tea Party only affect British colonies? The crates belonged to the East India Company, after all. Re-examine events often confined to histories of America or the British empire.

    America's Wars in Asia

    The USA fought four major wars in Eastern Asia during the twentieth century: the Philippine-American War 1899-1902, the Pacific War 1941-45, the Korean War 1950-53 and the Vietnam War 1965-72. More recently, it has become involved in military ventures in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    This module looks back over the troubled relationship between Asia and the USA from the perspective of the key concepts that have influenced US foreign policy in the 20th century.

    A Millennium of Persecution: Antisemitism in Europe from the Crusades to the Holocaust

    This module offers a history of the persecution of European Jewry from the medieval to the modern eras. You'll explore an array of local sources – from the medieval archaeology of York and Lincoln to the archives of first-hand Holocaust testimonies held in our Wilberforce Institute here in Hull.

    Cities of Culture

    Rome, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and New York. Not a list of holiday destinations, but cities that hit their cultural zenith between the 17th and 20th centuries. We'll examine the visual culture of these cities in relation to their social, economic and political life.

    Emperors, Vikings and Scholars: the Transformation of 'Barbarian' Europe, 750–1000

    The fall of the Roman Empire changed the cultural and political landscape of the West forever. In a region that was once only part of a civilisation straddling three continents arose a new political and cultural phenomenon: Europe. This module begins with the Carolingian empire and moves to the dramatic events of the Viking Age, which engulfed the continent between the eighth and tenth centuries.

    Into the Wild: US Environmental History from the 19th Century to the Present

    An up-to-the-minute exploration of American environmental history and current approaches to the global climate change crisis. Voted 'Best Module' by students in the 2017 students' union Teaching Awards.

    Game of History

    Millions of people play games, in all of their forms, and many of them are played out in historical settings. Study this module to explore how games shape our understanding of the past, and how history shapes games.

    Imperialism, Nationalism, and Decolonization: Britain in SE Asia, c. 1850-1950

    This module examines the development of British intellectual, economic, and political interests in South-East Asia from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. The themes and topics will be grouped under two principal headings: 'Imperial Expansion and Colonial Rule' and 'Asian Nationalism and Imperial Contraction'.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Dissertation (History)

    The dissertation is an opportunity for you to create your own piece of historical research. The choice of dissertation topic is linked to the subject of the your special subject workshop theme. As such, the primary sources that underpin the investigation and the availability of a subject specialist to supervise the project will vary each year.

    Special Subject (History)

    The history special subject provides an opportunity for you to work closely with a tutor across the year on a topic relating to your expertise in research and scholarship. Topics vary each year but have included the reign of King John; family; law and society in early modern england; the First World War; and history and hazards.

  • Optional

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

    The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s destroyed a country of 20 million people. They shattered dreams of a peaceful utopia after the Cold War and they gave rise to ideas about the 'clash of civilisations' which live on today. By studying controversies about the causes and course of the wars and their international context, you'll investigate how we make sense of the break-up of Yugoslavia and the legacies of the conflict.

    A Racial History of Modern Britain, 1793-1999

    From the Napoleonic Wars to Brexit, a constant flow of migrants to our shores has shaped Britain. Through seminars, lectures and a field trip to Hull's historic docklands, this module reveals the documentary legacy of successive patterns of prejudice.

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

    You will study the maritime dimensions of Britain's economic, imperial and military ascendancy. You'll consider seapower in its broadest sense, starting from the assumption that the 'wooden world' of the navy and the wider world interacted closely at almost every point.

    The Third Reich, 1933-1945

    This module explores the domestic and foreign policies of Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945. It seeks to explain how and why one of the most cultured nations on Earth – this ‘land of poets and thinkers’ – descended to such depths of barbarity within a few short years.

    The Archaeology of the Castle

    Put the castle in its context – exploring the military and domestic roles, landscapes and the social context of castle construction – even creating your own mini-model.

    From Romanticism and Revolution to Sex and the City: 19-Century French Art

    The 19th century produced the modern artist; the artist as social commentator, as political subversive, as outsider, and as arbiter of revolutionary – often controversial – taste.

    Medicine and Modern War

    You’ll explore the experiences of patients, practitioners and policymakers in the period between the Crimean War (1850s) and the Falklands War (1980s).

    Venice, Genoa and the Crusades: 1080–1351

    Study the Crusades through the revealing lens of the Italian ‘maritime republics’, Venice and Genoa – cities at the heart of much crusading activity.

    The ‘Bloody Code’: Crime and Punishment in 18th-Century London

    The number of offences punishable by death quadrupled between 1688 and 1820. Delve into Old Bailey records to meet pickpockets, police officers, prisoners and perpetrators.

    Gandhi to Mandela: the Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa

    Examine the local, national and international responses to racial segregation in South Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll explore issues of race and social exclusion evident in South African society.

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

    You will study the resurgence of popular heresy from the 11th century to the early 13th century, and the monastic reforms and new monastic orders which transformed religious life in the same period. These were part of a wider culture of reform which embraced the Church and the laity, and which have been seen by historians as comprising a ‘religious movement’ which utterly transformed the nature of religion, belief and political authority in Europe.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
20%
75%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

168 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1032 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

18%
25%
57%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

144 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1056 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

6%
94%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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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Our students benefit from access to the city's specialist historical resources which include the Hull History Centre.

Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Civil servant
  • Historian
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum or gallery conservator

The way we teach history gives you skills that employers value. By explaining, supporting and defending your ideas, you’ll become a better communicator.

We also develop your digital literacy through diverse teaching and learning methods, helping you build skills that you can draw on throughout your career.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

§Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†Rated first in the UK in the archaeology subject area with a 100% overall satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)