History BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V100
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA-AAB / IB : 36-35, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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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.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

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 and cultural history, drawing on perspectives inspired by disciplines such as Sociology and Anthropology. 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, the environment or the Cold War. The degree programme is designed to move from breadth to depth, from directed to more independent learning and to 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 history. You will be introduced to independent learning and begin to develop a range of skills necessary to succeed at university. In Year Two, the choice of modules includes a variety of African, American, Asian, British and European options. In Year Three, the emphasis is increasingly on independent study and the refinement of advanced research skills, particularly in your Special Subject module, a three-hour weekly seminar centred on analysing primary sources, and the dissertation.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

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

In Year Two, the choice of modules includes a variety of African, American, Asian, British and European options. In Year Three, the emphasis is increasingly on independent study and the refinement of advanced research skills, particularly in your Special Subject module, a three-hour weekly seminar centred on analysing primary sources, and the dissertation.

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

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 complements your interests. History combines very well with many other subjects. Examples of popular Joint Honours combinations are History and Politics (LV21) and English and History (QV31).

In Year One you take History matters and Exploring history; either Religion, politics and society c.800 to c.1700 or Politics, economy and society in Europe, 1870-1939; and either Britain since 1851: democracy, war and modernity or Global history. In Year Two, you take four modules from the same list of options available to Single Honours students. In Year Three you take research-focused modules in Semester One and a research project in Semester Two.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

History combines very well with many other subjects, such as politics, english, modern languages, ancient history and economics. The Minor (25%) in History gives you the flexibility to explore those topics that best complement your Major subject.

In Year One you choose either Religion, politics and society c.800 to c.1700 or Politics, economy and society in europe, 1870-1939; and either Britain since 1851: democracy, war and modernity or Global history. In Year Two, you take two 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 a research project in Semester Two.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

260 Year One undergraduates in 2015

UK league tables

Ranked 19th for History in the The Guardian University Guide 2015

National Student Survey

90% of our students were satisfied overall with their programme in the National Student Survey 2015

Why this subject?

Engage with internationally renowned lecturers

You’ll learn from lecturers that are internationally recognised leaders in their fields, and their vast knowledge and excellence runs through into their teaching with unrivalled passion. 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. You will work alongside staff to develop the skills to present your ideas to the wider community, for example through blogging, short films, theatre productions and museum exhibitions.

Benefit from innovative and flexible study options

Through your degree you’ll be taught and 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

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. The rapid growth of online archives has transformed the possibilities for research in modern cultural and social history; we can now gather sets of primary sources in weeks that would previously have taken years to collect.

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 benefit while you are studying here and be well-equipped for future employment.

Study in a city where history is brought to life

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