BA History


Program Description

Study for a degree in History and gain a valuable understanding of the defining events of the past, recognize their impact upon the present, and develop an insight into the future. Explore contested narratives and develop your own interpretations by utilizing a wide range of primary evidence while cultivating a highly transferable skill set.

Our diverse range of modules includes 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.

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  • We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the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

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.

IB: 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.

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).

Learning and 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
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Over 6,500 international students from more than 135 countries choose to study at the University of Southampton each year. In addition, we have links with universities and partners around the world, m ... Read More

Over 6,500 international students from more than 135 countries choose to study at the University of Southampton each year. In addition, we have links with universities and partners around the world, making us a truly international institution. Here at Humanities, we are fascinated by people and their activities and achievements over the centuries, from prehistory to the modern day. We are well-known for ground-breaking and internationally-significant research and education across our wide-ranging disciplines, most of which are ranked in the top ten across British universities. Read less