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History (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
3 years
Course Type
UCAS Course code

About this course

Explore the development of historical debates and ways of imagining the past. Your studies will range from ancient history to the war on terror. You can choose to take a paid year in employment between your second and third years to enhance your employability. You'll graduate from this degree in history with transferable skills you can take into a variety of careers.

You’ll look at the different ways historians have approached the past, and study specific areas in history.

Your course will combine lectures with small group seminars. You’ll learn how to structure an argument, interrogate and contextualise evidence, and evaluate historical controversies. In year 2, there’s a chance to work with other students on a group project.

Leading researchers will teach you about topics like the buildings of the Roman empire, and concepts of peace and peacefulness in twentieth-century China.

As part of this degree you’ll:

  • choose from over 100 modules

  • access document collections, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers, and the Parkes archive, which is one of the largest Jewish documentation centres in Europe

  • attend our visiting lecture and seminar programme

What's it like to study History at Southampton

Build upon your desire to know about the past: encounter new societies and ways of understanding them in a History degree at Southampton.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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