What Will You Study
The History degree at Lancaster will develop your critical abilities within a vibrant department of like-minded students, tutors and expert scholars.
Your first year core module ‘History and Historians – from Late Antiquity to the Modern World’ is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to some major historical topics and themes from the period after the Roman Empire to the present day. You will also become more familiar with the wide range of primary sources used by historians in the writing of history. You’ll gain insights into how historians conduct research and interpret the past to better understand the reasons for changing historical interpretations.
In your second and third years you can design your own History degree, focusing on the themes, periods and nations which interest you the most. You can choose from a wide range of options covering British, European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern history, from the eighth century BC to the twentieth century. For example, ‘The Origins and Rise of Islam’, ‘The “Totalitarian” City: Fascist Rome, Nazi Berlin and Soviet Moscow’ and ‘Sex and Violence in Imperial India’.
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Brave New Worlds? Modernisms and Modernities
- From Great War to Total War?
- Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800
- The Fall of Rome
- Between Two Worlds: Russian History 1825-1914
- Culture and Society in England, 1500-1750
- Elvis, Tupperware and TV: Popular Culture in Post-War America, 1945 - 1968
- From Education to Employment: History Work Placement Module
- Nature and culture 1500-1700: Themes from the Renaissance
- Restless Nation: Germany in the 20th Century
- Sex and Violence in Imperial India, 1857-1919
- The 'totalitarian' city: Fascist Rome, Nazi Berlin, and Soviet Moscow
- The Crusades II: Conquest, Colonization and Religious Enthusiasm 1187-1330
- The Greek World c. 800-404 B.C.: from Homer to the end of the Peloponnesian War
- The History of the United States, 1789-1865
- The Victorians and Before: Britain, 1783-1901
- 'The Shock of the New': Modernity and the Modernisms of American Culture, 1877-1919
- Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960
- Richard III and the Princes in the Tower : Politics and Power in the Late Fifteenth Century
- Science and Society in England, 1640-1688
- Spaces of mass violence: modernity, state power, and 'spaces of exception' in the 20th century
- Stalinism: From its Origins to its Shadows
- The Normans in Italy (1050-1194)
- The Third Reich and Film
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A Level AAA-AAB
International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our History graduates have a number of career paths open to them, including journalism and publishing, marketing, PR and retail management. Core skills including independent research, critical analysis and effective presentation have enabled recent graduates to gain roles with major employers including Marks & Spencer, Santander, BskyB and Sainsbury’s.
The interdisciplinary research methodologies, critical analysis, organisational and writing skills developed during our History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies degrees can lead to career destinations including business, marketing, the media, publishing, the Civil Service and the public sector.
Many of our graduates decide to progress to postgraduate studies with us or other institutions, often entering into research and teaching positions.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Optional field trips may be offered on this course for which students will be required to pay their travel costs.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.