The University of Southampton
Humanities

V100 BA History (3 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

Study for a degree in History and gain a valuable understanding of the defining events of the past, recognise their impact upon the present, and develop an insight into the future. Explore contested narratives and develop your own interpretations by utilising a wide range of primary evidence while cultivating a highly transferable skillset.
Our diverse range of modules include the ancient history of Augustus’ Rome, the medieval Crusades, the early modern Tudors, the modern Space Race and the contemporary events of the War on Terror, enabling you to tailor your degree to your interests

Overview

What is this? (More Information) This information is based on historical data and may have been aggregated. Find out more.

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

For further details see the full course map under Modules.

View the programme specification document for this course

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  • We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the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

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.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
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.

IB:
QualificationGrade
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 Applications

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.

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.


International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

Selection process:
Intake:
150
Average applications per place:
8

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.

Modules

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).

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.

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.

Year 3

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
Optional
HIST3042
From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
HIST3054
The Third Reich 1
HIST3060
The Holocaust 1
HIST3072
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture l
HIST3116
Between Private Memory and public history
HIST3119
Music and History
HIST3123
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- part 1
HIST3126
Fashioning the Tudor Court 1
HIST3130
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 1
HIST3132
Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the Present
HIST3133
Heresy and Inquisition in the Early Modern Iberian World (Part 1)
HIST3142
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 1: Texts)
HIST3150
Travellers’ Tales
HIST3163
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 1 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory
HIST3171
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 1
HIST3178
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
HIST3180
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
HIST3186
Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
HIST3187
The Bible and History
HIST3195
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 1

HIST3197 America from Revolution to Republic 1

HIST3203
The American Empire Part 1
HIST3212
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
HIST3216
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 Part 1
HIST3218
Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
HIST3224
Alternative histories: Fascism and the far right
HIST3225
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part one: Art, Industry and the making of a Nation
HIST3227
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
HIST3229
Sweet Charity?
HIST3230
The Ethics of War
HUMA3009
Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr 3

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/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BA History2018Part-time£4,625£8,268£4,625
BA History2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
View the full list of course fees

Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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 https://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.
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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.

Amy Hayward, BSc (Hons) History

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 stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study14%10%8%
Independent study86%90%92%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment20%38%38%
Practical exam assessment10%5%0%
Coursework assessment70%57%62%

Study Locations

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