What Will You Study
Develop your critical abilities within two vibrant departments of like-minded students and expert scholars and gain a strong understanding of how History and Philosophy intersect and influence one another.
History's core first year module is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to major historical topics and themes from the ancient world to the present day. You have the opportunity to gain insight into how historians conduct research and interpret the past and develop your own research, essay-writing and presentational skills.
The first year Philosophy module is an introduction to several key areas of philosophy, focusing on the nature of philosophy, the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, critical thinking and ethics. The emphasis is on developing skills in careful reading, critical reflection and rigorous interpretation and argument. You don't need to have studied philosophy before.
In year 2 and 4 there is a wide range of optional modules on topics ranging from aesthetics and ethics, the history of philosophy, to philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. Your History options may include British, European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern history, from the eighth century BC to the twentieth century.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on a placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience should boost your employment prospects and help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings.
Applying for a placement is a competitive process and our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement. The preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in both your placement applications and the placement itself.
One of the aims of the placement year is to enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice which could benefit your final year of study. Placements provide an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers, which can place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills.
If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. The University offers a range of shorter placement and internship opportunities for which you would be welcome to apply.