History may be concerned with questions about the past, but the knowledge it reveals is relevant to how we think about ourselves and our place within society today.
The BA (Hons) History degree at Lincoln is distinctive in the breadth of topics that students can choose to study. These include British, European, Chinese, and American history, from the Roman Empire to the end of the 20th Century.
Students of history have the opportunity to acquire skills of analysis, argument, and communication which can help them to develop as individuals, as responsible contributors to organisations, and as articulate, critical members of a democratic society. There is an emphasis on the critical examination and interpretation of primary source materials, which includes newspapers, probate documents, films, caricatures, novels, works of art, architecture, and oral testimony.
Home to a 1000-year-old cathedral, a medieval castle, and an original 1215 Magna Carta, Lincoln is a great city in which to study history. The programme makes extensive use of specialist local resources including Lincoln’s historic buildings, the Lincoln Cathedral archives, the Collection, and the Media Archive for Central England.
How You Study
The History programme at Lincoln is distinctive in that it provides students with an opportunity to engage with a wide range of periods and cultures. Modules range chronologically from the period of the Roman Empire, through the medieval and early modern periods, to the twentieth century, and geographically from Britain to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
The programme offers a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history including the use of film, literature, and visual and material culture, and staff specialisms include medieval studies, political history, media history, gender studies, the history of science, museum history, the history of art, film, and popular culture.
The first year provides students with the chance to develop a solid foundation of historical knowledge and introduces the historical skills required to undertake more advanced work later in the programme. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop a broader set of skills that may prove useful beyond university.
The first year consists of eight modules that cover history from the ancient world through the medieval and early modern periods right up to the 21st Century. There are two skills modules that aim to develop the attributes necessary to tackle university-level work and that examine the historian’s craft. There are two survey modules that examine European history from the medieval period to the 20th Century. The remaining core modules focus on visual culture, gender, sexuality, and imperialism whilst students can choose one optional module in semester B. The range of options varies from year to year and may include American History, Chinese History, History of Art, Conservation, Classical Studies, or Philosophy.
The second-year contains two compulsory modules and a further six optional modules chosen from around twenty modules run by our historians based on their own research and specialisms. Please note that as a research-intensive department, subjects may occasionally be unavailable where the relevant historian is on research leave.
The third-year contains one compulsory Independent Study module that carries a double weighting and a further six optional modules chosen from around twenty modules. These optional modules are run by our historians based on their own research and specialisms, and build upon modules taught at levels one and two.
Students undertaking this course may have the option to study overseas for a term at one of the University’s partner institutions in Europe or North America, giving them the opportunity to discover new cultures and experiences. Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and general living costs during the term overseas.
Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.
Critical Thinking and Writing (Core)
Empire and After: Colonialism and its Consequences (Core)
Forging the Modern State (Core)
Introduction to Visual and Material Culture (Core)
The Historian’s Craft (Core)
The Medieval World (Core)
A World History of Art and Architecture 1: from Antiquity to the Revivals. (Option)†
A World History of Art and Architecture 2: Tradition, Change, and Modernity (Option)†
Archaic and Classical Greece (Option)†
Archaic and Republican Rome (Option)†
Chairman Mao and Twentieth-Century China (Option)†
Classical Art and Archaeology: from Knossos to Constantinople (Option)†
Classical Literature: from Troy to the Silver Age (Option)†
Conservation Science 1 (Option)†
Elementary Latin I (Option)†
Elementary Latin II (Option)†
Friends and Enemies: Conflict, Coexistence and Cultural Encounters Through History (Option)†
Great Thinkers in Philosophy from Classical to Modern Times (Option)†
Materials, Techniques, Technologies in the History of Art (Option)†
Philosophical Texts (Option)†
Representing the Past (Option)†
The United States from Colonies to Civil War (Option)†
The United States since Reconstruction (Option)†
Dissertations and Beyond (Core)
New Directions in History (Core)
100 Years of Photography: Images, History and Impact 1839-1939 (Option)†
Accessing Ordinary Lives: Interpreting and Understanding Voices from the Past, 1880 – present (Option)†
Alexander the Great and his Legacy: the Hellenistic World (Option)†
Art and Power: Projecting Authority in the Renaissance World (Option)†
Britons and Romans, 100 BC-AD 450 (Option)†
Classics in Context I (Option)†
Decolonising the Past (Option)†
Digital Heritage (Option)†
Disease, Health, and the Body in Early Modern Europe (Option)†
Early Modern Family: Households in England c.1500-1750 (Option)†
Existentialism and Phenomenology (Option)†
Experiencing and Remembering Civil War in Britain (Option)†
Fighting for Peace? Politics, Society and War in the Modern Era (Option)†
From ‘Bright Young Things’ to Brexit: British media and society since 1919 (Option)†
Gender and Sexuality in Britain 1700-1950 (Option)†
Grand Expectations? America during the Cold War (Option)†
History and Literature in the C18th and C19th (Option)†
History of Medicine from Antiquity to the Present (Option)†
Introduction to Exhibitions, Curatorship and Curatorial Practices (Option)†
Italy, a Contested Nation (Option)†
Latin Literature in the Late Republic and the Augustan Age (Option)†
Living and dying in the middle ages, 800-1400 (Option)†
Madness and the Asylum in Modern Britain (Option)†
Material Histories: Objects, Interpretation, Display (Option)†
Medicine, Sexuality and Modernity (Option)†
Neoclassicism to Cubism: Art in Transition 1750-1914 (Option)†
People on the move: migration, identity and mobility in the modern world (Option)†
Philosophy of Science (Option)†
Power and the Presidency in the United States (Option)†
Powerful Bodies: Saints and Relics during the Middle Ages (Option)†
Preventive Conservation (Option)†
Salvation and Damnation in medieval and early modern England (Option)†
Scrambling for Africa? Cultures of Empire and Resistance in East Africa, 1850-1965 (Option)†
Study Period Abroad: History (Option)†
Teaching History: designing and delivering learning in theory and practice (Option)†
The Age of Improvement: the Atlantic World in the long eighteenth century (Option)†
The Birth of the Modern Age? British Politics, 1885-1914 (Option)†
The Classical Tradition: from Medieval to Modern (Option)†
The Emperor in the Roman World (Option)†
The Forgotten Revolution? The Emergence of Feudal Europe (Option)†
The Rise of Islam: Religion, culture and war in the Middle East (Option)†
The World of Late Antiquity, 150-750 (Option)†
Themes in American Cultural History (Option)†
Understanding Exhibitions: History on Display (Option)†
Understanding Practical Making (Option)†
Urban Life and Society in the Middle Ages (Option)†
Village detectives: Unearthing new histories (Option)†
Women in Ancient Rome (Option)†
World Heritage Management (Option)†
History Independent Study (Core)
'O Bella Ciao' Fascism and Anti-fascism in Italy (Option)†
A Tale of Two Cities in Medieval Spain: From Toledo to Córdoba (Option)†
Air War and Society from Zeppelins to Drones (Option)†
Alexander the Great and his Legacy: the Hellenistic World (Third Year) (Option)†
Ancient Graffiti (Option)†
‘Anarchy is order’. Anarchism and social movements in Modern Europe (Option)†
Britons And Romans, 100 BC-AD 450 (third year) (Option)†
Chivalry in Medieval Europe (Option)†
Classics in Context II (Option)†
Clio's Children: Walking along the Path of Greek Historiography (Option)†
Consuming Societies: Western Europe 1600-1800 (Option)†
Curatorial Practice (Option)†
Early Modern Cultural and Artistic Encounters: Hybridity and Globalisation (Option)†
English Landscape Painting: A Social and Cultural History (Option)†
Eugenics, Race and Reproduction across the Atlantic, 1800-1945 (Option)†
Exhibiting the World in the Nineteenth Century (Option)†
From Revolution to the New Republic: The United States 1760-1841 (Option)†
Gender, Sexuality and the Early Modern Body (Option)†
Gothic Visions: Stained Glass in Britain c. 1220-1960 (Option)†
Heroes and Villains: The Reigns of Richard ‘the Lionheart’ (d. 1199) and ‘Bad’ King John (d. 1216) (Option)†
History at the End of the World (Option)†
History of Chinese Medicine: “Tradition” and “Modernity” (Option)†
History Work Placement (Option)†
Imperial Cities of the Early Modern World. (Option)†
Into the Workhouse: Poverty and Society in England and Wales 1780-1929 (Option)†
Latin Letter-Writing from the Republic to Late Antiquity (Option)†
Mad or Bad? Criminal Lunacy in Britain, 1800 – 1900 (Option)†
Making Militants: Teaching violence in late antiquity (Option)†
Memory, Belief, and Power in the British Landscape: Late Iron Age to Early Medieval (Option)†
Men, Sex and Work: Sexuality and Gender in 20th Century Britain (Option)†
Newton's Revolution (Option)†
Objects of Empire: the material worlds of British colonialism (Option)†
Pre-Raphaelites and Aesthetes: Progressive British Painting (1840-1898) (Option)†
Queer Film and Television (Option)†
Race, Media, and Screen Culture in 20th Century Britain (Option)†
Republicanism in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 (Option)†
Roman Lincoln (Option)†
Rome and Constantinople: Monuments and Memory, 200-1200 (Option)†
Rulers and Kings: Visualising Authority in Medieval Europe (Option)†
Sexualities and Gender in Modern Britain and Europe: From the French Revolution to the Present (Option)†
The City and the Citizen: urban space and the shaping of modern life, 1850 to present. (Option)†
The Emperor in the Roman World (Third Year) (Option)†
The European Union since 1945 (Option)†
The Philosophy and History of Colour (Option)†
The Roman City (Option)†
The Roman Countryside (Option)†
The Vikings in the North Atlantic: Living at the Fringes of Medieval Europe (Option)†
The World of Late Antiquity, 150-750 (Third Year) (Option)†
What is the Renaissance? (Option)†
How You Are Assessed
We use a variety of assessment forms from traditional essays and examinations to presentations, critical book reviews, and projects.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
Course-Specific Additional Costs
Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and general living costs during an optional work placement.
Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university but continue to pay tuition fees at their home institution.
Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and administrative fees at the host institution.
Students undertaking an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.
Students may also be able to apply to their Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.
Entry Requirements 2021-22
GCE Advanced Levels: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
The student-managed History Society organises events, visits, and visiting speakers. Students will have the opportunity to join the Society during Welcome Week.
Research in the School of History and Heritage covers more than 2,000 years of history and several continents, including Byzantium, the Suffragettes, sexuality in the 20th Century in England, Latin America, medical history, and medieval Spain.
Staff maintains a high research profile, with regular attendance at key national and international conferences, and as invited speakers at a wide variety of other institutions' research seminars. Staff also present their most recent research findings at a regular seminar series.
History students are also encouraged to undertake internships, often identified by the Global Opportunities office, which is advertised on the subject site and is often overseas. There may be additional costs depending on the nature of the placement.
There is an option to undertake a work placement during the final year. Past placements have included roles in museums, heritage sites, schools, and charities. Students are encouraged to obtain placements independently, tutors will however provide support if help is required. Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and general living costs during an optional work placement.
Students have the option of a semester abroad during the second year, in one of several institutions in the USA, Canada, and Europe, including the University of Ghent, Belgium; Palacky University, the Czech Republic; SUNY Oneonta, USA; and Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. Additional costs apply; please see the Fees tab for further information.
History graduates may find employment in a wide range of sectors. Graduates have gone on to careers in education, government, the civil service, media, journalism, heritage, and the arts. Some go on to postgraduate study.