What Will You Study
Develop your critical abilities and historical knowledge within a vibrant department of committed students and scholars.
The course encompasses histories from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia and examines pivotal events, transformative processes and historical debates. Lectures and seminars will deepen your critical historical knowledge and support you in developing your own research, essay-writing and presentational skills. The majority of our students choose from a second set of optional first-year modules. These specialised modules include ‘The Fall of Rome’ and ‘Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World’.
For second and third-year students, the Department offers an extensive range of modules that includes both short term-length modules and the third-year Special Subjects. You can choose to focus on a particular period, theme or region or to develop a breadth of chronological and geographical knowledge. These module options include British, European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern history, from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. These modules emerge from the research expertise of academic staff in the department.
In your second year you can also choose to undertake a heritage placement project. These placements allow our students to gain invaluable work experience and enhance their employability. Some previous placements partners include The National Trust, Cumbria County Council and The Duchy of Lancaster.
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies : BA Hons
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Edges of Europe: Culture, Ethnicity and Identity, c. 1800-1950
- From Great War to Total War?
- 'Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World'
- Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800
- The Fall of Rome
- 'Witches', Warriors and Slavers: Exploring the History of Lancaster
- After Vietnam: Remembering, Representing and Refighting the 'Bad War'
- Britain in the Twentieth Century
- Byzantine and Muslim Sicily (535-1072)
- Crusade and Jihad: Holy War in the Middle East, 1095-1254
- Culture and Society in England, 1500-1750
- From Education to Employment: History Work Placement Module
- From Mining to Mountaineering: Industry and Culture in the Lake District, 1500?Today
- From Truman to Reagan: US Foreign Policy and the Presidency, 1945-1989
- Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
- Inventing Human Rights, 1776-2001
- New World Order 1919-1939
- Norman England, 1066- 1154: Conquest, Colonisation and Conflict
- On the Edge of Empire: Being Roman in Britain
- Partisans and Collaborators: World War II in Occupied Europe
- Slavery & Freedom: North America, 1620-1800
- The Cold War in Europe
- The English Civil War (1640-1660)
- The History of the United States, 1789-1865
- The History of the United States, 1865-1989
- The Making of Germany, 843-1122
- The Origins and Rise of Islam (600-1250 AD)
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500-1865
- The United States and the Vietnam War
- The Victorians and Before: Britain, 1783-1901
- The Wartime Gender Contract & the Combat Taboo in 20th century Britain.
- Trying and Failing to Rule the World: Imperialism and Society in the Roman Empire
- Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony
- A Global History of the Cold War
- Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960
- Anarchy and society in the Caribbean, c.1620-c.1720
- Battles of World War II: Resistance and the Holocaust
- Bede and his World, c.660-740
- 'Dangerous Thoughts': Soviet Dissent, Human Rights, and the Cold War
- From Balfour to Brexit: Britain as a Great Power since 1914
- From Rebellion to Revolution: The War for the Throne, 1199-1265
- Gender Identities in the People's War: Experiences, Representations and Memories
- Paradise Lost- Colonization and the Jamaican Environment, 1655-1838
- Poverty in England c.1580-1780
- Private Lives and Public Policy: Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War
- The East India Company: Merchant State, 1600-1857
- The Normans in Italy (1050-1194)
- The Politics of Memory: The Contested Past in Museums, Monuments, and Minds
- 'The Shock of the New': Modernity and the Modernisms of American Culture, 1877-1919
- 'These Beastly Obscenities': Monuments, Images and Antiquities in Imperial India
- Vikings and Sea-Kings: Power and Plunder in the Irish Sea Region, 794-1079
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.
A Level AAB
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Our 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 over the course of our 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 Methods
At 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 focused 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.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
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.