What qualifications do I need in order to apply?

Our typical conditional offer is AAA-AAB for single honours History, and either AAA or AAB for all our other History-related schemes.

If you are taking the International Baccalaureate, we normally ask for 36 points overall, with 16 points from your best three HL courses. We also welcome applicants from Scotland, usually asking for AAABB at the Highers level. We also accept other non-standard qualifications – get in touch to find out more.

We acknowledge all accredited AS and A2 levels, including General Studies when presented as one of four A2 levels, and we favour no particular combination. A qualification in History is not necessarily a requirement. We can accept two AS levels in the place of one A2 level provided they are in different subjects to the other A2s you are offering, and that one of them is taken in year 13.

We consider each UCAS application individually, and there are no hard and fast rules. We look closely at both your academic referee's report and your personal statement and take these into consideration when making our offer. We do not normally interview applicants.

Can I combine History with other subjects?

Yes. We offer programmes in History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. You can also combine History with other subjects: English Literature, Politics, Philosophy, International Relations, Religious Studies, Music, French, German or Spanish.

Even if you prefer to do a single honours History degree, the flexibility of the degree scheme means that you can do up to two of the eight units which make up Part II study in other subjects. This is a great way of maintaining an interest in a subject you've studied before, or just trying something new. It's worth remembering that there are many courses with a historical flavour in other departments, such as Politics, Philosophy and Religious StudiesGeography and the Department of Languages and Cultures who run Modern Languages, French, German, and Spanish courses. 

What will I study in my first year?

There is a core course which all of our History students take in their first year. This is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and to introduce you to some of the major historical topics and themes from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. You will also study up to two other subjects as minors in your first year, choosing from a long list of options. 

What will I study in my second and third years?

You get a wide choice of courses for your second and third years, allowing you to specialise in particular areas that interest you the most (for example, medieval history, modern British history, the history of conflict and warfare), or to choose a mix of courses ranging across many continents and periods. 

Can I study abroad as part of my degree?

Yes. When you study History with a language, you will spend your third year abroad. If you are not studying a language, you can still study abroad, and in this case, spending a year abroad does not mean that you add an extra year to your degree programme – a year abroad at one of our partner institutions is considered equivalent to a year at Lancaster. 

Can I transfer from another university?

Yes, if you have started at another university but decide that you want to move to Lancaster, you can apply to enter direct at Part II, though you will still need to meet our standard entry requirements, and you will need to complete your first year to a satisfactory standard before you can join us. And please note that you have to complete both years of Part II at Lancaster: you cannot just join us for your final year. If you are interested, please apply in the normal way via UCAS.

Are there any forms of financial assistance to help me with my studies?

If you are a UK student, you may qualify for a bursary or scholarship to help you with the cost of your studies. The University also provides other forms of financial assistance, some of which are available to non-UK students. For more information visit the University Bursaries, Scholarships and Funding pages.

How would I be taught?

Most teaching in our department is in small group tutorials or seminars, backed up by lectures, most of them held weekly. Lectures introduce key historical questions, discuss historians’ different approaches to these questions, and the ways in which they have used evidence to support their arguments. These lectures are the best way to gain an overall grasp of a course.

The small group seminars are central to our teaching, particularly in Part II where the Special Subject is taught entirely by seminar. These provide opportunities to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the detailed topics covered by each course. Discussion, group work and the joint investigation of prepared topics give you the opportunity to think and talk through an issue, and to explore your own and others' arguments.

Every course also has a dedicated website as part of the 'Lancaster University Virtual Learning Environment' (LUVLE). This is used for posting resources such as bibliographies, documents and images, but it also allows you to communicate with other students in the group, facilitating discussion and the sharing of ideas and information.

How would I be assessed?

Most units are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework in a 60:40 ratio; a small number are assessed by coursework only. The main form of coursework is the essay, but there are alternatives such as group projects, presentations, or critical reviews of the literature on particular topics. In your third year you will undertake an extended research dissertation for one of your units.

What if I am a mature applicant?

We encourage mature applicants and students who do not have the same qualifications as the school leaver to apply. While relevant work experience can be taken into account, we normally expect to see some evidence of recent academic study, for example, an Access course. The Access course is particularly useful as it gives you experience of the 'classroom environment' which is a crucial element of studying for a degree, provides a good re-introduction to academic study, and completing the course gives us a reliable measure of your academic ability. Another option is studying with the Open University.

If you require further information, please contact the Director of Admissions through our Admissions Administrator, prior to submitting your form.

Can I do a part-time History degree?

Yes. The entry requirements are the same as for full-time degrees, though please note that you should apply direct to the university rather than via UCAS. There are no special classes or evening classes for part-time students: they study in the same classes as full-time students, and take the same number of courses in total, only they take fewer courses each year. This means that it may not always be possible to concentrate your contact hours each week into the most convenient times for you, and you can expect to have classes on at least two days a week. 

What study resources are available to me?

Clearly independent reading is central to your studies, so you will get to know how to make best use of the University Library's extensive collection of books, journals and primary sources.

While you are an undergraduate you will have exclusive access to an expanding wide range of specialised digital resources to which the university subscribes. These have revolutionised both the teaching and researching of the subject. Not only are study rooms on campus networked but you can access these resources from anywhere in the world, with your own unique username and password.

Our resources include:

  • Online access to academic journals articles and bibliographies through facilities such as JSTOR (Journal Storage), Historical Abstracts and America History and Life and International Medieval Bibliography Online.
  • Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (searchable texts of books produced 1700-1800) and Early English Books Online (searchable texts of books produced 1473-1700).
  • Searchable issues of The Times and British Newspapers Online, government papers and reports since 1800, and a range of music, TV and Film Resources.