History BA Honours
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
GBP 21,000 / per year *
Earliest start date
* international students; GBP 9,250 - home students
This three-year History BA Honours degree focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically analyse historical topics. You'll graduate as a confident and independent learner, ready for your future.
You'll learn to evaluate competing interpretations of history, and how to formulate, support and defend your own arguments and opinions.
You will explore themes including revolution, slavery, radicalism, medical history, and religion through a wide range of modules. These focus on a variety of time periods, geographies and cultures.
You'll study in a vibrant learning community, with scholars at the forefront of their fields. You'll also improve your research skills, by completing a range of research projects during your degree.
You can follow your interests with opportunities to take modules from other subject areas such as archaeology, classics, politics, philosophy or a modern language at every stage of your degree.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas. If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
Get career ready with work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
- Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023
- Top 135 for Arts and Humanities - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- Top 200 for History - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- Top 150 for Arts and Humanities – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- Global Top 140 University - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023
Compulsory modules help you transition from school to university. Skills training is embedded throughout, enabling you to ‘learn by doing’ as you study. You’ll examine primary sources and delve into the specialisms of your lecturers. You'll probe into the evolution of historical thinking over time.
In addition, you’ll have the choice of optional modules ranging widely across time and geographies. You'll be able to select the topics that fascinate you most. You also have the option to choose innovative cross-disciplinary modules or modules from other disciplines such as languages.
- Evidence and Argument 20
- Historical Sources and Methods 20
- What is History For? 20
- Introduction to Archaeology 20
- Prehistoric Britain 20
- The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century 20
- The Roman World from Romulus to Trajan 20
- Slavery 20
- Big History: From the Big Bang to Climate change 20
- Global Middle Ages 20
- Stuff: living in a material world 20
- Global Ancient Histories 20
- History Lab I 20
- History Lab II 20
- Public History 20
Compulsory modules prepare you for independent research. You’ll build on the skills and knowledge you developed in Stage 1 and you'll begin preparation for your dissertation in Stage 3.
Seminar discussions will help test and refine your ideas and increase your confidence.
You’ll have the choice of a very wide range of optional modules. These modules focus on a time period or geographic range or take a comparative look at a common theme or specific event from a different angle. You'll also have the option to choose modules from outside of History.
- Crafting History: The Dissertation Proposal 20
- Researching History 20
- Prehistoric Europe 20
- Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian 20
- The Medieval World: AD 400-1500 20
- Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492) 20
- Hellenistic Empires from Alexander to Cleopatra 20
- The Roman World from Hadrian to Heraclius 20
- Greek and Roman Religions 20
- Slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity 20
- Africa: History of a Continent 20
- Oral History and Memory 20
- Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past 20
- 1968: A Global Moment? 20
- Communication in the Medieval World, from Europe to Asia: Prayer, Poetry, Pictures, and Travel 20
- Contesting Reproductive Rights in the UK and Ireland 20
- War, Wounds, and Disabilities in the Soviet, American and British Worlds 20
- Famines in History 20
- Germany and Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 20
- History and Film: Representing the Past 20
- Land and Society in the USA, Ireland and Scotland, c. 1840-1922 20
- Violence in the American South: From Enslavement to Civil Rights 20
- The Aftermath of War in Europe and Asia, 1945-56 20
- Revolutions of the Mind: European Thought, 1550–1750 20
- Reformation and Revolution: Tudors to the Georgians 20
- The Supernatural: The Cultural History of Occult Forces 20
- Global Environmental History: From the Little Ice Age to Greta Thunberg 20
- Diversities of Sexuality and Gender in History 20
- Britain since the 60s 20
- HaSS Study Abroad Semester 1 60 Credits 60
- HaSS Study Abroad Semester 2 60 credits 60
- Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917) 20
- Career Development for second-year students 20
You’ll put your independent learning skills into practice as you undertake your dissertation. You’ll build on your knowledge and skills so far, with the guidance and support of your supervisor.
You’ll also take one or both of ‘Reading History’ and ‘Public History II: History and Society’. In 'Reading History' you'll critically reflect on the discipline and your own ideas through a close study of influential work. In ‘Public History II: History and Society’ you’ll broaden your horizons by considering the uses and abuses of history in public life.
Optional modules will deepen your knowledge through intensive small-group seminar discussions of primary sources.
- Writing History (40 credits)
- Reading History (20 credits)
- History and Society (20 credits)
- Early Medieval Britain 20
- The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours 20
- Historical Archaeology of Britain 1500-Present 20
- Semester One Substitute for Stage 3 HIS Capped Special Subject 20
- Semester Two Substitute for Stage 3 HIS Capped Special Subject 20
- Reading History 20
- History and Society 20
- Violence and social transformation in China and Taiwan, 1940s-1980s 20
- The Nazi New Order in Europe 20
- The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923 20
- Living Together: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Iberia 20
- British Foreign Policy since Suez 20
- Birth Control in the 19th & 20th Centuries 20
- Civil Rights and Armalites Northern Ireland since 1969 20
- Genocide and Justice in the Twentieth Century: From the Armenian Genocide to the International Criminal Court 20
- Civil Rights in America, 1948-1975 20
- Royal Portraits: Christian Kings and Kingship, c. 870-c. 930 20
- Viking-Age Scandinavia 20
- Women in Colonial South Asia: Tradition, Reform and Modernity 20
- Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1798 20
- Punishing the Criminal Dead: Crime, Culture, and Corpses in Modern Britain 20
- Russian Cities and Culture from Peter the Great to the Revolution 20
- Lunatic to Citizen? Madness and Society since 1900 20
- The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1961 - 1990 20
- The Rising Generation: Youth, Age and Protest in Cold War Britain 20
- Buddhism and Society in Medieval Japan 20
- The Renaissance World of Machiavelli, 1450-1550 20
- Unfree Nation: Enslavement in the United States from the Colonial Era to Reconstruction 20
- The Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps - Origins, Experiences and Aftermaths 20
- Radical Black Archives in the U.S. - Sound and Image 20
- Shariat meets Common Law: History of Gender Reform and Colonialism in Tunisia, Egypt, and India 20
- Nineteenth Century Aotearoa New Zealand: Maori, Pakeha & Tauiwi 20
- Career Development for final year students 20