History BA (Hons)

Key information


Studying history changes the way you view the world around you and how you understand your place in it. If you have a genuine curiosity about history and a desire to develop a set of advanced skills in a challenging but supportive environment, History at Liverpool is the place for you.

You will start by exploring a broad range of historical periods, some of which may be less familiar, giving you a good basis for making choices later in the degree.

You will also experience a wide variety of approaches to history and are free to study aspects of the past that interest you the most. For instance, some modules focus on political history or the history of warfare. Others place the emphasis on social, cultural and gender history. You can also take modules on global history or ones that focus on national histories, whilst others will allow you to explore particular themes, such as slavery, human rights, medicine, religion, the environment or the Cold War.

The degree programme is designed to move from breadth to depth; from directed to more independent learning; and foster the development of advanced research techniques over the three years.

Programme in detail

In Year One, modules cover global history, modern British and European history, and medieval and early modern European history. You will be introduced to independent learning and begin to develop a range of skills necessary to succeed at university.

Please note: In Year One students are required to take 30 credits of optional modules outside History. These may include Ancient History, Archaeology, Egyptology, or modules focusing on the histories of Ireland or Latin America. You may also choose modules from other subjects.

In Year Two, the choice of modules includes a variety of African, American, Asian, British and pre-modern and modern European options.

In Year Three, the emphasis is increasingly on independent study and the refinement of advanced research skills: namely, a three-hour weekly special subject module (centred on analysing primary sources) and preparing for the dissertation.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a combined degree

The Joint (50%) in History covers the skills you need as a historian and offers a lot of flexibility to choose the combination of topics that best develops your interests. History complements many other subjects.

In Year One you will take History matters and Presenting the past; either Power, belief and identity: medieval and early modern worlds, C. 500-1600 CE or Politics, economy and society in modern Europe and either The global history of the present or Modern Britain: democracy, war and modernity. In Year Two, you will take four modules from the same list of options available to Single Honours students. In Year Three you take a research-focused module in Semester One and write a dissertation in Semester Two.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

233 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

98% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Facts and figures

50+ different modules to choose from in Year Two, with topics spanning diverse time periods and locations throughout the world.

Why this subject?

Engage with internationally renowned lecturers

Not only will you be taught the fundamentals of your subject, but our research-led ethos means you can work closely with your lecturers to unlock the debates and problems that lie at the heart of current historical research.

Benefit from innovative and flexible study options

You will be supported to use fascinating and unusual sets of primary source material focusing on a mixture of topics from high politics and international relations, to social and cultural history.

Develop academically and professionally

Develop academically and professionally We have innovative teaching and learning methods to help you gain and develop the key skills you need to analyse, document and present information effectively, both individually and as part of a team. We provide you with access to a suite of digital resources, allowing you to become an active researcher by gathering and analysing new sources. For you, this opens up tremendous possibilities, as you can undertake new forms of research, developing skills of analysis and interpretation, as well as data collection. In establishing these skills you will be well-equipped for future employment.

Study in a city where history is brought to life

You will be studying and living in a city connected to some of the great stories and dramas of the past: war, civil war and empire, the migration of millions of Britons and Irish to the Americas, the enslavement and shipping of millions of Africans to the New World, and the growth of new forms of industry and commerce with Asia that transformed the Old World.

When you walk around the campus and Liverpool city, the echoes of the past are everywhere, from the wonderful Georgian surroundings of Abercromby Square to the musical, intellectual, artistic, sporting, commercial and maritime legacies that have shaped this city. This unique setting on our doorstep shapes your degree, puts the city of Liverpool at the centre of some of our modules and offers you the chance to work with local curators and activists.

Be supported in small teaching groups

You will be taught in small teaching groups and be fully supported throughout your studies by your academic tutors to achieve the highest level of independent work.