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History BA(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2024


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
5 years part-time

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. History at Huddersfield is top in Yorkshire for Learning Opportunities, scoring 96 % based on experimental statistics from the National Student Survey 2023.
  2. The option to undertake a work placement in the UK or overseas could introduce you to a range of graduate prospects.
  3. You’ll have the chance to explore the award-winning archive at Heritage Quay and the Holocaust Centre North on campus.  

Keen to study history at degree level? History at Huddersfield is top in Yorkshire for Learning Opportunities, scoring 96%, based on experimental statistics from the National Student Survey 2023.

Studying history enables us to put ourselves and our societies into perspective, establishing connections between the events, ideas and people that built past and present worlds. Here in Huddersfield, you’ll be able to engage with different approaches to history, and work with primary source materials in dynamic and innovative ways.

Our history modules cover a range of eras, from medieval to modern times, and are geographically diverse, allowing you to investigate the periods that inspire you most.

Why study History BA(Hons)

There are no exams on this History course, but you’ll gain valuable real-world experience via work experience in year 2, either alongside your studies or as a five-week block. An optional year-long placement, in the UK or overseas, after the second year could also boost your graduate employment prospects.

During your studies, you’ll also have the chance to get creative, with opportunities to design a marketing pitch for a historical film, or a museum exhibition. You’ll also have the chance to explore our innovative award-winning archive at Heritage Quay and the Holocaust Centre North, as well.

You could join the student History Society, too, and organise trips, debates and social events to enhance your studies before heading out into the world and into your first role.

Our course also gives you a range of skills, including good communication and analytical skills, independent and team working, and problem solving. You might also glean skills in management, research, and planning.

Following your studies, you may wish to head into post-university employment or further your education in, for example, modern history, ancient history, medieval history, British history, or another related area.

Course detail

Core modules:

Writing the Past

This module explores the history of English language and literature from c. 700 to c. 1700. It will examine the social, stylistic, political, cultural and economic circumstances within which certain key texts were written as well as their literary and linguistic features. This module will consider the status of literary texts not only as evidence for the development of genres and literary forms, but also as forms of historical and linguistic evidence. You will explore a range of evidence including material culture and visual representations alongside written sources including poetry, prose, and drama.

The Modern World

This module looks at the political and social histories of a number of case studies focusing on the period from the end of the 19th Century to the eve of the Second World War. We cover countries from a range of European and World powers, including the USSR, the USA and France. In each case you’ll analyse the main political concerns of the day, such as immigration, democracy, fascism and communism, considering them in wider social contexts.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking enables us to go beyond the surface of information, using analytical skills to dissect, question, and evaluate ideas with a detective's curiosity and a scientist's precision. The module will hone your intellectual skills in reasoning and close analysis, improve your ability to present arguments effectively, and equip you to plan and conduct an independent research project. This module will also provide support for planning your personal and career development.

The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Public History

This module will introduce you to the place of history in the public sphere. Utilising a range of case studies, it will help you understand and critically analyse how the past is produced and presented in a range of places that include museums, the media and online. With input from academics and those involved in the creation and curation of public history, this module will also help you develop your communication and employability skills.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.


The course offers a compulsory 5-week work placement in Year 2. If you’re studying full-time, this course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Previous placement students have worked at places like National Coal Mining Museum, Barclays Group Archive, the Isle of Man Motor Museum, British Embassy, Bucharest, Carnegie Heritage Centre, Cromwell Museum Trust, Doncaster Heritage Services, Greenhead Solicitors, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Love Productions, The Royal Armouries, West Yorkshire Archives and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The work placement allows you to gain the skills you need and gives you the opportunity to express yourself in a professional work environment. I think the placement has given me so much more confidence in my own ability that I never had before.

Jack Barron

Jack Barron, History BA(Hons)

Our Department

Hear more from our staff and students.

Your Career

As a History graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in analysis and communication, self-motivation, teamwork, creative problem solving and persuasiveness.

A selection of organisations that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BT, the Civil Service, the Royal Armouries Museum, the House of Commons, the British Red Cross, the British Library, West Yorkshire Police, the Department for Education and Emerald Group Publishing. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level.*

*Percentage of our undergraduate students from this course go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, UK domiciled, other activities excluded).

**Source: LinkedIn


95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

98% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading. Our impact studies scored particularly highly being rated 100% internationally excellent or world leading (REF2021).

We extend our knowledge and understanding of History through the production of high quality work, with funding coming from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute, the Leverhulme Trust and other significant grant providers. As part of this process we have also invested in early career members of staff with great success.

History hosts the Research Centre for History, Culture and Memory (CHiCaM), a cross-disciplinary research centre which runs seminars and projects. CHiCaM is comprised of four research groups: Health Histories, Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, Global and Transnational Histories and Feelings, Affects and Emotions. Current staff research includes: Richard III and the Princes in the Tower; the Emily Hobhouse Letters Project; Royal Masculinities 1485-1714; Healthcare Before Welfare States; Children Deprived of their Liberty; and Histories of Mental Ill-Health.

For more information, see the Research section of our website.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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