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Undergraduate Degrees

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From the Ancient World to the Contemporary World

We have redesigned core elements of our undergraduate teaching with both full-time and part-time students in mind. From October 2017 our new set of survey courses will introduce the key themes that are at the heart of the study of the past. In keeping with our tradition of teaching an unrivalled chronological breadth within one department these new courses will take you from prehistory to the present across continents and cultures.

From Approaching the Past to Writing the Past

In parallel to these cutting-edge surveys you will take our new series of core courses dedicated to the theory and practice of studying the past. Here, students come together with staff to explore the study of the past together and develop the skills needed to research and write history. You will take one of these core courses each year, as you progress through your degree, helping you to develop your own unique perspective on the past. They will guide you from your first short comparisons of historical writing to the completion of your own unique, article-length study: your dissertation.

Because our new survey courses and core practice courses run annually, it doesn't matter whether you study part-time or full-time with us - in either case you will be able to make the most of them. You can learn more about our new courses here:

Degrees we offer:

Degrees we offer with other Departments:

How our degrees are structured:

All of our BA programmes are modular (course-unit) degrees.

They offer a wide choice of subjects and approaches within a structured framework. You will make use of specialised historical literature and sources, and be trained in historical argument and techniques. To complete your degree, you will research and write a dissertation.

Teaching is primarily through lectures (Years 1 and 2) and group tutorials (Years 1-4).

Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.

Assessment will usually take the form of examinations taken at the end of each academic year (May and June), coursework (submitted in autumn and spring terms) and a dissertation written in the final year (submitted in spring term).

Not all option modules are offered every year, so for full details of which modules will be running in the 2017/18 academic year, please see our current undergraduate timetable.