The University of Southampton

V101 BA History (with a Year Abroad) (4 years)

How do we make sense of the events, ideas and people of the past? History at Southampton challenges you to interpret the history of past societies critically and imaginatively.

Introducing your degree

Travel, study, make friends and earn a degree in a fascinating subject. A degree in History with a Year Abroad provides you the opportunity to spend your third year studying at one of our partner institutions. This degree course is for those with a sense of curiosity and a passion for history, art and culture. Graduates go on to find successful careers in teaching, curating, research, writing, journalism, law and design.


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  • Tailor your degree to your own interests with modules on the Ancient World to the War on Terror, including American, British, and Holocaust history, medieval warfare, Tudors and the history of empires
  • Teaching and supervision from world-class researchers who will work with you to explore the complexities of the past and why it matters
  • Learn outside of the classroom – in field trips, individual or small group tutorials, and placements in schools or colleges – as well as inside the classroom, in lectures and seminars
  • Take part in our innovative ‘group project’ module, which provides a unique opportunity to work as a team and to present your research to the general public
  • Work with a huge range of historical sources and archival collections, including the University’s Special Collections - the 7th largest UK Higher Education archival collection
  • Opportunities for language learning and study abroad

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

  • 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

Key Facts

  • 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


Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

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 Baccalaureate34 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.



International Applicants

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 reading and writing and no less than 6.0 in speaking and listening.

Alternative qualifications

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.

Contextual Offers


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.


Selection process:
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).

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Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester Two
HIST1011Credit: 15
HIST1012Credit: 15
HIST1016Credit: 15
HIST1074Credit: 15
HIST1085Credit: 15
HIST1089Credit: 15
HIST1113Credit: 15
HIST1177Credit: 15

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One
HIST2049Credit: 15
HIST2051Credit: 30
HIST2064Credit: 30
HIST2069Credit: 15
HIST2097Credit: 15
HIST2107Credit: 30
HIST2110Credit: 15
HIST2221Credit: 15

Year 3

Your third year will be spent at one our partner institutions. More details can be foundon our Exchange Partners page.

Year 4

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One
HIST3054Credit: 30
HIST3060Credit: 30
HIST3126Credit: 30
HIST3203Credit: 30
HIST3119Credit: 30
HIST3150Credit: 30
HIST3187Credit: 30
HIST3229Credit: 30
HIST3230Credit: 30

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA History (with a Year Abroad)2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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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.

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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:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.).
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided. IT 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 copyingWhere 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 The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents 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

Career Opportunities

Studying History at Southampton will help you to acquire the critical thinking and communication skills that are vital as you embark on your career. During your studies you will gain valuable transferable skills - the ability to weigh up evidence and arguments, to express your opinions coherently and concisely, to work independently, to manage your time and workload effectively, and many more. These skills will demonstrate to employers that you are uniquely equipped to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow's workplace.

Your skills of research, analysis and expression will open a wide variety of career options. Our graduates have succeeded in careers as diverse as law; the media; IT; the Civil Service; advertising, film and television; business and finance; teaching; politics; numerous roles in the public sector and NGOs; publishing; teaching; museums, galleries and libraries - to name but a few.

You will develop and practise these career-enhancing skills from day one of your studies. You will learn to:

  • think critically
  • express your opinions clearly and support them with evidence
  • write in different ways and in different formats for a range of audiences
  • work effectively in groups
  • work independently and manage your time effectively
  • make interesting and confident presentations
  • sharpen your analysis of the past to address the problems of the present

In addition, work-experience opportunities help you to apply your transferable skills in the workplace before you even finish your degree. For example, the university's Excel scheme offers around 150 placements in a range of companies.

Freddie Hutton-Mills is a graduate of History at Southampton. ‘Filmmaking is also very much like a puzzle', he said. There are lots of different elements that make a film: from actors, art department, cinematography, sound, visual effects and so on. To be able to put all these areas together in a way which makes sense, is a similar skill to looking at a number of different sources to make an essay. So, regardless of the problems I might encounter with making a film, I never feel like I don't have the core skills to tackle the problem'. Read Freddie's full profile here.

Learning & Assessment

A History degree at Southampton is an education in the discipline of history (historiography), the development of historical debates and ways of imagining the past. We are committed to facilitating a personalised and enjoyable experience, ensuring you graduate with the critical thinking and communication skills you need to begin a successful career.

  • Specialise in specific areas of history or expand the breadth of your studies in history modules that span chronologies and geographies, and in modules selected from other programmes
  • Teaching by world-leading and passionate History academics, who share recent discoveries and debates in their subject
  • Talks from renowned international scholars in our visiting lecture and seminar series
  • Specialist online learning resources for every module
  • Challenging and varied range of assessment methods, including presentations, group projects, research logs, dissertations, essays and exams
  • Receive regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress from a dedicated academic advisor
  • Visits to museums, galleries and archival collections, including University collections at the Parkes Institute and in the Broadlands archive
  • Opportunities to spend a semester or a year at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture and learning environment in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study14%10%0%10%
Independent study86%90%100%90%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment20%38%0%13%
Practical exam assessment10%5%0%0%
Coursework assessment70%57%100%87%

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