History BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our History modules cover a range of eras from medieval to modern times, and are geographically diverse. We look at theory and approaches to history too.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

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

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

V100

Places available (subject to change)

50

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472606

About the course

Studying history enables us to put ourselves and our society in perspective, understanding the connections and events that have led up to the world we now live in. Here at Huddersfield you’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials in interesting and innovative ways. But make no mistake about it, our courses also give you a range of skills that you can take out into the world of work.

On this course we'll give you the chance to shape your studies to your interests. Perhaps you want to study the history of a particular nation, or take an international view to see patterns and connections between nations' stories. During your studies you’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and investigate the periods that fascinate and inspire you.

We have a friendly, hands-on approach to delivering our courses. All of our modules aim to equip you with the skills that employers are looking for; good communication and analytical skills, independent and team working, and problem solving.

We never forget that your studies should lead on to a rewarding career, so we make sure you get a hands-on experience. The 5-week work related project in Year 2 and the year-long optional placement after the second year, both provide the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.

You might be surprised by just how creative you can be on our History course too, with opportunities to create exhibitions or podcasts on your subject. You’ll also have the chance to take part in the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme and dive into our innovative award-winning archive at Heritage Quay.

I was extremely impressed by the level of knowledge and skills demonstrated by students across the entire programme.  I was particularly pleased to see students reflecting so thoughtfully, imaginatively and eloquently on the types of skills that their history degree provides them with particularly in the reflective essay written by second year students as part of the work placement module. It strikes me that too often we take ‘transferable skills’ for granted, rather than really encouraging students to reflect critically on what this actually means for them in terms of their own future career plans, and it is heartening to see this happening at Huddersfield.

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Dr Jonathan Willis, External Examiner

Placements


The course offers a compulsory 5-week work placement in Year 2. The 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 the Royal Armouries Museum, Kirklees TV, Barclays Archive Group, the Isle of Man Motor Museum, 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) in 2016

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in History

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in History

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above including modules in History
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in History.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Why Study History?


Why choose to study History at the University of Huddersfield? The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Explore the facilities and resources available to Music, Humanities and Media students here at the University.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Early Medieval Europe: c500 - 1215

This module covers the history of, what was to become, Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire to the end of the 11th Century. It explores the religious and social history of the period, in a range of geographic locations and ethnic groups, from Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll have the opportunity to examine written sources alongside visual representations and material culture. You’ll also be advised how to find, evaluate and reference supporting material for your work; how to identify arguments and structure essays and document analyses; and how to present material orally, as well as in writing.

Twentieth Century Britain

Using a chronological and thematic approach, you'll be introduced to the major political, social, economic and cultural developments affecting British society in the 20th Century. This module falls within the ‘Communities and Welfare Research Group’ at the University and explores how Britons identified themselves with a variety of communities, relating to place, gender, class and other affiliations. It also explores the development of social policy in relation to the welfare state.

The Modern World

This module will focus on the political and social histories of a number of case studies focussing on the period from the end of the 19th Century until 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 the focus will be on the main political themes of the era, such as democracy, fascism and communism, considering them in wider social contexts.

Britons Abroad 1500-2000

This module covers the history of the British activities in other areas of the world from the early modern era to the 20th Century. It looks at reasons why the British decided to leave their home over a 500 year period, examining religion, exile, economic factors and the development of Empire.

Teaching and assessment

14.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. You will experience a range of teaching and learning formats including lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, workshops and individual tuition. Some of your submissions may involve producing a podcast, contributing to an exhibition or working on an archive. The assessment of this module will be based on both written and practical work including examinations, essays, oral presentations, research analysis reports and portfolios.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  • Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, Dec 2016)
  • We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
  • For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Research

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.

100% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading; we more than doubled the amount of world-leading research we produced since the last REF. Our impact case studies scored particularly highly, being rated 20% world leading and 50% internationally excellent. - REF 2014

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.

There are currently four Research Centres in History:the Arms and Armour Research Institute, the Archaeogenetics Research Group, the Academy for British and Irish Studies, Centre for Visual and Oral History.Current individual staff research projects also include: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Heritage and Stigma, The Anne Clifford Project and Making the Tudor Viol.

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

Our Department

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Your Career


Studying history allows you to keep your career options open. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within libraries, archives, the media, industry and the voluntary sector, PR, law, politics and accountancy.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and / or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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