History BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
At Leicester, you will be able to explore a wider range of periods, themes and approaches to history than you are likely to have encountered before. A high degree of flexibility and choice is built into the course from the first year onwards – our range of expertise will allow you to build your degree around your own areas of interest, and narrow your focus to the eras, events and figures that truly fascinate you
  • We offer a large choice of subjects from the fifth century to the contemporary world, and from all parts of the world: Britain, Ireland and Europe; Eastern Europe and Russia; China, Japan and India; North America, Latin America and the Caribbean; parts of Africa and the Middle East; and Australia.
  • You will have access to library collections that date back to the 12th Century. And if you want to feel the history of another city beneath your feet, you have the option to spend a year studying overseas.
  • Political, cultural, intellectual, social, economic and international perspectives will all come into play as you explore the web of factors that contributes to our understanding of history.
  • The first year combines a strong foundation in the study of core skills and time periods with the choice of focusing optional modules on different parts of the world. As your degree progresses, you will specialise increasingly in topics that inspire you as well as learning the essential elements of the historian’s craft. With experts in a plethora of topics, you will always be able to find modules that pique your curiosity and quench your thirst for knowledge – from the medieval natural world to the history of alcohol in America.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB at A-Level. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB at A-Level EPQ at grade B. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including 6 in one Higher Level subject
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with D*DD
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of History.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • The core modules introduce important skills and key developments in medieval, early modern and modern history. You will also choose optional modules on either British, European, American or global history, and your People and Places option, an in-depth study of one historical person or place.

Core modules

  • Making History (double module)
  • Barbarism and Civilisation: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • The Shock of the Modern
  • People and Places (double module)

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the present
  • Great Britain: The State We're In
  • Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation
  • US History since 1877

Year 2

  • In the second year you will start transforming from a student of history into a practising historian, through core modules which enhance your critical thinking, independent research skills and intellectual creativity. You'll explore even more new areas of history with a wide range of options to choose from.

Core modules

  • Perceiving the Past (double module)
  • Becoming the Historical Researcher (double module)

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Religious History
  • Histories of Violence

Then choose one option module from:

  • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
  • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
  • Jack-the-Ripper: Crime, Popular Culture and Policing in Victorian Times
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

Then choose one option module from:

  • Gender History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History

Finally choose one option module from:

  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
  • From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society, and Culture in North America
  • History in the Classroom
  • Living with Dictatorship: European Societies, 1918-1941
  • Heritage Field Project

Final Year

  • Your final year is shaped entirely by your preferred areas of interest and specialisation. You will research and write an original dissertation - an independent research project of your own design - with the support of an expert supervisor. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules that reflect the cutting-edge research expertise of your tutors.

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • The USA and the Vietnam War
  • Crime and Punishment in African American History
  • The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
  • Disasporas and Migrations in the Modern World
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947
  • Gender, Crime and Deviance in Eighteenth Century Britain

Then choose one option module from:

  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World
  • Abolitionists: Antislavery Activism in Britain and America, 1787-1865

Then choose one option module from:

  • Ideals of Womanhood in 19th Century America
  • The Holocaust: Genocide in Europe
  • After Hitler: Society, Culture and The Politics of The Nazi Past in The Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • A Sea of Conflict? Christian Muslim Encounters c.1100-c.1300
  • The Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Plus your History dissertation

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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