Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Placement Year) BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Drawing on modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, particularly the Department of History, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies degree will develop your critical abilities within a vibrant department of like-minded students and expert scholars.
On this course the 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 will gain insights into how historians conduct research and interpret the past and develop your own research, essay-writing and presentational skills.
Many History students choose to take additional, specialised modules on topics ranging from the fall of the Roman Empire to histories of violence and empire in the modern world.
The second part of the degree is mostly taught in collaboration with the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Drawing on expert advice, you will select modules that allow you to study the history of the period between 300 and 1700 as well as the culture, languages, literature and politics of the time, ranging from Celtic Britain to seventeenth-century Europe.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will 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. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
The Department of History is a thriving centre of historical teaching and research. The work of our Regional Heritage Centre puts us at the heart of the local historical community and enables us to offer a pioneering range of placements, with partners such as The National Trust, Cumbria County Council and The Duchy of Lancaster.
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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.
- Byzantine and Muslim Sicily (535-1072)
- Crusade and Jihad: Holy War in the Middle East, 1095-1254
- Culture and Society in England, 1500-1750
- Mapping Terra Incognita: Travel and Exploration in The Atlantic and Pacific Worlds 1492-1642
- Nature and culture 1500-1700: Themes from the Renaissance
- Norman England, 1066- 1154: Conquest, Colonisation and Conflict
- The English Civil War (1640-1660)
- The Making of Germany, 843-1122
- The Origins and Rise of Islam (600-1250 AD)
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500-1865
- Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony
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:
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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
- English Literature and History BA Hons: QV31
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) BA Hons: QV32
- French Studies and History BA Hons: RV11
- German Studies and History BA Hons: RV21
- History BA Hons: V100
- 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
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