History BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Develop your critical abilities and historical knowledge within a vibrant department of committed students and expert scholars.
Lancaster’s first-year core History module offers a fascinating survey of world history from Ancient Greece to the twentieth century. The course encompasses histories from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia and examines pivotal events, transformative processes and historical debates. Weekly 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 over thirty 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. You will be taught by leaders in the field of critical historical research.
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. Our placements partners include The National Trust, Cumbria County Council and The Duchy of Lancaster.
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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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- A History of Paris, c. 1730 to the Present
- After Vietnam: Remembering, Representing and Refighting the 'Bad War'
- Between Two Worlds: Russian History 1825-1914
- 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
- Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
- In Search of the Underclass: Politics and Poverty in Britain Since 1970
- In Search of the Underclass: Politics and Poverty in Britain, 1880-1970
- Inventing Human Rights, 1776-2001
- Mapping Terra Incognita: Travel and Exploration in The Atlantic and Pacific Worlds 1492-1642
- Nature and culture 1500-1700: Themes from the Renaissance
- New World Order 1919-1939
- Norman England, 1066- 1154: Conquest, Colonisation and Conflict
- Partisans and Collaborators: World War II in Occupied Europe
- Restless Nation: Germany in the 20th Century
- 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 and Unmaking of Heroes in German History: from Warriors and a People's Queen to Film Stars and a Football Team.
- 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.
- Three Colours, One Flag, One Empire: the French Colonial World, 1791-1962
- Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony
- 'The Shock of the New': Modernity and the Modernisms of American Culture, 1877-1919
- 'These Beastly Obscenities': Monuments, Images and Antiquities in Imperial India
- A Global History of the Cold War
- Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960
- Anarchy and society in the Caribbean, c.1620-c.1720
- Bede and his World, c.660-740
- Gender Identities in the People's War: Experiences, Representations and Memories
- La nouvelle histoire: Twentieth-Century Historiography in France and Beyond
- Private Lives and Public Policy: Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War
- Science and Society in England, 1640-1688
- Society and the Divine in Ancient Greece
- The Normans in Italy (1050-1194)
- The Politics of Memory: The Contested Past in Museums, Monuments, and Minds
- The Third Reich and Film
- 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. 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 visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
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.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
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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.
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History at Lancaster
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- English Literature and History (Placement Year) BA Hons: QV32
- French Studies and History BA Hons: RV11
- German Studies and History BA Hons: RV21
- History (Placement Year) BA Hons: V101
- History (Study Abroad) BA Hons: V102
- History and International Relations BA Hons: VL12
- History and International Relations (Placement Year) BA Hons: VL13
- History and Philosophy BA Hons: VVC5
- History and Philosophy (Placement Year) BA Hons: VVC6
- History and Politics BA Hons: LV21
- History and Politics (Placement Year) BA Hons: LV22
- History and Religious Studies BA Hons: VV16
- History and Religious Studies (Placement Year) BA Hons: VV17
- History, Philosophy and Politics BA Hons: V0L0
- History, Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) BA Hons: V0L1
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies BA Hons: V125
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Placement Year) BA Hons: V126
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