BA Hons

  • UCAS code V100
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • UK Top 20 for History Complete University Guide 2024

  • Deepen your knowledge with a wide choice of optional modules

  • Specialist placements in heritage organisations

Why Lancaster?

  • Design your own study experience, choosing from many fascinating modules throughout your degree
  • Benefit from a focus on employability at every stage of your degree, including an optional heritage placement
  • Be inspired by our world-class academics whose research expertise informs specialist modules
  • Study with a History Department that prioritises student contact – we keep class sizes small so we can offer personal support and feedback
  • Enrich your learning with history right on your doorstep, including Lancaster Castle
  • Keep your careers options open by developing a wide range of professional skills

Journey through time at Lancaster – a city rich in history. Gain knowledge about different periods and cultures while developing skills employers want. In your second year, you can boost your employability with a specialist placement.

Freedom of choice

Our specialised modules allow students to develop a breadth of chronological and geographical knowledge – from Inventing Human Rights (1776-2001) and The Transatlantic Slave Trade (1500-1865) to The Origins and Rise of Islam (600-1250).

You’ll study diverse periods from ancient Rome to the 21st century, as well as specific regions in global, national and regional history. How about discovering more about Lancaster itself with our module ‘Witches’, Warriors and Slavers?

There is an extensive choice of modules throughout your degree, so that you can personalise your studies to suit your own interests and passions. For example, in your second year, you can apply to take part in our heritage placement module and gain invaluable work experience. Past students have worked with The National Trust, Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives and the Duchy of Lancaster.

You may wish to take a History degree with us and include either a study abroad or a placement year.

Our History graduates are highly sought after by leading companies and organisations. Employers know that our graduates possess skills in problem solving and analysis combined with the intellectual rigour they bring to decision-making and strategy.

You’re more than a number

We are a closely knit department with a strong sense of community. You’ll get to know your lecturers and benefit from quality contact time each week.

Our academics are leaders in their fields and provide teaching of the highest quality – via lectures, seminars and small tutorial groups. Your academic tutor will provide individual academic support.

Your module options

We aim to give you the widest possible choice of modules in both your second year and your final year. Almost all of the optional modules for year 2 can also be taken as optional modules in your final year. These are in addition to the modules listed for the final year in the course structure section below. This means you have a choice of over 40 modules in both your second and your final years.


A history degree from Lancaster will stand you in good stead when applying both to well-known UK and international companies, as well as smaller, local and regional organisations.

The subject provides key transferrable skills as well as excellent training in developing evidence-based arguments – a skill which unlocks a myriad of career opportunities.

Some of our recent graduates are developing successful careers at Marks & Spencer, Santander, Sainsbury’s and HSBC, in areas ranging from business planning to investment analysis, retail to general management.

Previously graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in:

  • Heritage organisations and museums
  • The Armed Forces
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

You’ll find our graduates working at:

  • English Heritage
  • Army Flying Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Lancashire Archives
  • Victoria Gallery & Museum

Many of our students take their exploration of history to the next level by continuing with postgraduate studies.

Whatever option you choose, our Careers and Employability Service will be on hand to offer specialist advice and guidance throughout your journey.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you 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 activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

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.

Other Qualifications

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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.







Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.

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