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History BA (Hons)

UCAS code: V101

Interested in modern history? Want to find out more about African-American civil rights? Or the origins of the Israel Palestine conflict? You’ve come to the right place: we offer a fascinating history degree.


Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): History
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: History, Geography and Social Sciences
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Our BA (Hons) History degree focuses on world history from the late 18th Century to the early 21st Century, mainly in Britain, Europe, the USA and Asia. You’ll be able to explore key developments in European society from 1789 to 1919, contemporary French history and the evolution of the Zionist/Palestinian conflict.

With lots of modules to choose from in years two and three, you’ll delve into topics like the history of communism in Eastern Europe, or contemporary European politics, on this thought provoking history degree.

You’ll develop a deep subject knowledge and importantly, be able to connect it with the world we live in today. You’ll get the opportunity to take part in a community project, undertake field trips, and write and produce a video documentary.

Your tutors’ research has been judged to be ‘internationally important’ in a research excellence framework and this feeds straight into their teaching. You’ll learn to conduct research, craft a message and analyse complex information, making you an independent, confident and employable graduate.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

Ben White

The lecturers are fantastic, genuinely lovely. They’re really open and helpful and always happy to talk to you or answer questions after lectures.

Ben White

BA (Hons) History

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BA (Hons) History alumni student, Libby Riley

Many of the topics in each module go beyond large-scale events to include social and cultural history, or what was happening amongst the ordinary people at the time.

Libby Riley

BA (Hons) History

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What you'll study

In Year 1 you’ll learn the foundations of history. You’ll look at key developments that transformed Europe between 1789 and 1919. You’ll study how history is applied in non-academic contexts, such as politics, popular culture and journalism. You’ll also get the chance to become a Digital Detective, where you develop advanced digital research and archive skills.

Compulsory modules:

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Europe Re-made
Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation
The Dawn of Modernity
The Medieval Outlook

Two of:

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History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact
Time Detectives
Language 1

In your second year, you have a wide range of modules to choose from. You might study an introduction to contemporary French history, the world of the crusades, US foreign policy or postcolonial world order. Perhaps you’re interested to look at communism in Eastern and central Europe after 1945, or migration and mobility in contemporary European history.

Compulsory modules:

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Making History

Five of:

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Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945
Digital Detectives
Global Revolution: The Postcolonial World Order, 1896-1957
History on Screen
Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present
Islamisms: Religion, Politics and Colonialism from World War I to ISIS
Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History
Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939
Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939
The World of the Crusades
Urbanisation, Immigration and Economic Crisis: The United States 1880-1941
Language 2

Enjoy the freedom to shape your studies in Year 3. You’ll have the opportunity to do an independent research project on a topic of your choice. This could be in the form of a video documentary, or extended research. With a wide choice of modules, you could study the special relationship between Britain and the US, black life and black protest in the US , or the origins and development of British rule in Palestine.

120 credits from:

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A Century of Crime and Its Contexts: Circa 1840-1940
Advanced Parliamentary Studies
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945
British Rule in Palestine
History: Interpretations and Context
Independent Research Project
Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923
Special Subject
The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA
Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply. In addition to the optional module choices listed, it may also be possible to apply to study an alternative 20-credit module in Year 2 and/or Year 3, chosen from outside the course curriculum. Some restrictions on this elective module choice may apply.

How you'll study

The programme has been carefully designed to ensure that you develop your confidence, knowledge and skills in a gradual way and in a highly supportive environment. In the first year, you will have invaluable in-depth sessions each week with your Personal Tutor. We also have an open door policy, so that you can have easy access to academic staff outside the classroom. We see our relationship with you as one in which we work together to help you succeed.

You will have access to the latest History resources that will support your learning. You will be able to read newspapers and journals online from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, consult the latest journals, and use websites that are created to support each topic. You will also be taught to use sophisticated digital research techniques.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The focus in all assignments is on analysis and argumentation. These skills will be assessed using a variety of different exercises including essays, book reviews, primary source analysis, presentations and contributions to online discussions.

Some modules also have exams, however in the first year these never account for more than 30% of a module mark, with this rising to 40% in the second and third year.

In the final year of your degree a great deal of emphasis is placed on individual research-based modules.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by a team of highly experienced and enthusiastic teachers, who research and write History. They actively participate in debates in the media, as well as act as consultants in a wide range of areas, including contributing to the development of online archives at the British Library.

They are at the cutting edge of the subject and will share with you their ideas and new interpretations in a wide range of topics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), more that 50% of their published research was judged to be either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Geosciences buildingThe Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences is based in the Geosciences building. The contemporary facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There is also a large social area which encourages a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Where you'll study



Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits



a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

One of the great things about our BA (Hons) History degree is that it doesn’t restrict graduates to a single, specific career path. Your knowledge and skills can be applied to a wide choice of different careers. Some of our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • teaching
  • academic research
  • museums
  • journalism
  • business management
  • civil service
  • politics

Careers support is built into our history course, from allocating you a Personal Tutor, to providing you with the opportunity to our placement-based Making History module.

Many of our students go on to further study after their degree. You could study a Masters degree or opt for an MRes focused on a specific research project. We support graduates who want to go into teaching with their PGCE applications. Some of our students have continued right through to PhD level.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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