• 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.
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- We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the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 in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including History (or a related subject*) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.
- 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.
- Alternative Histories: Between Private Memory and Public History.
- 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
- 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
- Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
- The Bible and History
- 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
- 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.
- Fashioning the Tudor Court. 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
- 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
- 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).
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Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Explore funding opportunities
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
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 http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. |
|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.