• In your first year you will take core modules on historical and analytical skills and key conceptual tools for historians. You will also select modules from options covering the ancient to near contemporary world, exploring the development of a historical topic over time, and analysing sources for its study.
• In your second year you will choose modules from a wide range of ancient, medieval or modern topics, and undertake a group project involving first-hand research
• In your final year you will study in-depth a key historical theme, and complete a dissertation on a research topic of your choice
• Add breadth to your degree and pursue varied interests by taking the option to complete 25 per cent of your programme in another subject
For further details see the full course map under Modules.
View the programme specification document for this course
- We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the
Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives
- All students have the chance to study at universities abroad, including France, Holland, Poland and Canada
- We teach courses in many fields rarely taught in most other UK universities, such as East and Central European history, South East Asian history and Jewish history
- In the 2014 National Student Survey, 93% of BA History students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.
Did you know?
You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code V101 when you apply through UCAS.
Typical entry requirements
AAB to ABB including History or a related subject*.
Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.
We accept all A levels except General Studies.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level History or a related subject*
*Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.|
We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in Writing and Reading and no less than 6.0 in Speaking and Listening or equivalent.
We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.
Humanities supports contextual admission. A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
- Average applications per place:
Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
The history undergraduate programme is modular. This means that your programme is divided into self-contained modules taught and assessed in a single semester. Taught modules may be single (two hours teaching a week), or double (three to four hours teaching a week, depending on the type of module).
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course
Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
View the language modules on offer for this course
- The Group Project
- Power, Patronage and Politics in Early-Modern England, 1509-1649
- The Making of Englishness: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in British Society, 1841 to the Present
- The Hundred Years War: Britain and Europe, 1259-1453
- Sin and Society, 1100 - 1520
- Habsburg Spain, 1471-1700: The Rise and Decline of the First European Superpower
- The Eternal City: The City of Rome, from Foundation to 200 AD
- Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
- Visual Culture and Politics: Art in German Society, 1850-1957
- Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Colonial America
- Underworlds. A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Strategy and War
- Retail Therapy
- Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
- The Fall of Imperial Russia
- The Making of Modern India
- Ancient Greeks at War
- The Global Cold War
- Culture at the Court of Charles II
- France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 1)
- The Third Reich. Part 1
- The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 1
- The Vietnam War in American History and Memory. Part 1.
- Society and Culture in the Late Russian Empire, 1881-1917. Part 1
- Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688-1840
- Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 1.
- Modern Israel 1948-2007 part 1
- Alternative Histories: Between Private Memory and Public History.
- Alternative Histories: Food and Cooking
- Alternative Histories: Music and History
- Alternative Sexualities
- Fashioning the Tudor Court. Part 1.
- Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the present
- Alternative Histories: Cultures of Migration
- Alternative Histories: Travellers' Tales
- Hidden and forbidden, religious lives east of Rome (Part 1)
- The Wars of the Roses - Part I
- Forging the Raj: The East India Company and Britain's Asian World, 1
- When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
- The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
- 'All manner of men, … working and wandering as the world asks': daily life in England in the later Middle Ages (Part 1)
- Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
- The Bible and History
- Being Roman Part I: society and the individual in Rome and Italy
- World War 2: The Home Front - Part 1
- World War II: The Global Perspective - Part I
- Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
- Iran Between Revolutions (1907-1979): From Constitutionalism to Clericalism (1)
- Racism in the United States Part 1
- Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
- Alternative histories: Homes and houses: challenging the domestic
- Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr3
History Special Subjects (30 credits) (you may not take part two with out having taken part one.) HIST3021 Dissertation (compulsory) (30 credits).
- History Dissertation
- France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 2)
- The Third Reich. Part 2
- The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 2
- The Vietnam War in American Memory and History. Part 2.
- The Late Russian Empire: Society, Ethnicity and Culture. Part 2
- Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688 - 1840
- Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 2.
- Modern Israel 1948-2007 pt2
- Fashioning the Tudor Court. Part 2.
- Hidden and Forbidden, religious lives east of Rome (part 2)
- The Wars of the Roses - Part II
- Forging the Raj: the East India Company and Britain's Asian World, 2
- When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 2: 1974-1979
- The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 2
- 'All manner of men, … working and wandering as the world asks': daily life in England in the later Middle Ages (Part 2)
- Being Roman Part II: Ethnicity, Culture and Empire
- World War 2: The Home Front - Part 2
- World War II: The Global Perspective - Part II
- Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, part 2
- Iran Between Revolutions (1907-1979): From Constitutionalism to Clericalism (2)
- Racism in the United States part 2
- Nuclear War and Peace, Part II
- Culture at the Court of Charles II
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). |
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
|Equipment||Laboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
Computer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
Software Licenses: All software is provided.
Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour).
Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account.
You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ARCH towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts.
The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page.
They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here:
|Placements||Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme. |
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.