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BA (Honours) History

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)


Full-time History

Expand your horizons through the study of global and modern history.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? V100
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Learn how to navigate the waters of history as a dynamic and ever-changing subject.
  • Develop your critical understanding of a wide range of historical topics.
  • Cultivate a range of real-world skills that enhance your employability when you graduate.
  • Work on projects with organisations such as museums, libraries and archives.
  • Enhance your understanding of the past and its impact on the present. 

On this course you’ll create your own pathway across the globe – studying modules from Britain and Europe to the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. Through a variety of coursework, project work and individual research you’ll think critically about the way history is presented and understood. You’ll learn how to apply a range of practical skills to the world beyond university – including research, analysis and communication.

Student View

Watch student Ben Hunter talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Matthew Roberts talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll be taught in a variety of different settings – all centred on research. All our staff are active researchers and world-leading historians in their specialist areas of expertise. They’ll introduce you to new and exciting fields of history, using a wide variety of academic texts and primary sources, facilitated by our outstanding digital and library services. You can find out more about student experiences and research projects at SHU History.

You learn through

  • large group lectures
  • small group seminars and workshops
  • group work activities
  • working with external partners on a variety of projects
  • field trips and away days
  • group projects
  • a range of assessments that focus on coursework, including essays, posters, topic reports, document analysis and presentations

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Course leaders and tutors

Laura Evans
Laura Evans
Senior Lecturer In History

My PhD research explored the social history of mass resettlement into one of South Africa's Bantustans, the Ciskei. It examined the variety of experiences that reloc … Read more

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Ben Offiler
Lecturer in History

I am a Lecturer in History with particular interests in the history of American philanthropy, development discourse, and US-Iranian relations during the Cold War.

Applied learning

Work placements

In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to take a work placement or collaborate on a research project with an external partner.

Previous work placements have included primary and secondary schools, local museums such as Kelham Island Industrial Museum, and other heritage organisations and local businesses. Students have also worked on projects with organisations such as the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, Sheffield General Cemetery, Stobs Military Camp Hawick and the National Maritime Museum.

Live projects

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of exciting historical projects – on individually commissioned briefs with external partners. Previous briefs have come from History of Parliament, Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries and a graphic artist working on radicalism and radical figures.

Field trips

You’ll also learn by going on field trips to a range of locations, such as the Manchester People's History Museum.

Networking opportunities

There are chances to study abroad at one of our partner universities and take elective language modules. We have connections with a wide variety of institutions across the world, including universities in Europe, North America and Australia. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme.

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Student work

Studying History in the city of Sheffield.

Future careers

There are many things you can do with a history degree. Our students have gone into just about every industry you can think of. Your skills will be valued across a range of exciting and rewarding careers, including

  • teaching
  • local government
  • the civil service
  • journalism
  • librarianship
  • the heritage industry
  • human resources
  • advertising/marketing
  • law
  • financial services
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Sheffield City Archive
  • Sheffield Museums
  • Barnsley Museum
  • local and national newspapers
  • primary and secondary education
  • the civil service
  • local government

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the Humanities Lounge – an open space at the heart of the city, equipped with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, individual and collaborative workspaces, and a shared kitchen
  • library services and study space at the Adsetts Learning Centre
  • a range of digital collections to enhance your learning and support your research
  • taught sessions in dedicated computer suites
  • an Online Learning Platform to support your learning

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Britain Transformed: Economic And Social Change Since 1800 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Communicating History Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Making History Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Nations, Regions And Borders In Modern Europe, C.1870-1970 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Revolutions In The Atlantic World, 1760-1848 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Empires And Encounters Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ideas Into Action Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Britain Between The Wars: Crisis, Transformation And The People, 1918-1939 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: European And American Encounters With Asia Since The 19Th Century Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Germany, 1890 - 1933: From Reich To Republic Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Race: Difference And Power In The Modern World Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Slavery And Anti-Slavery In The British Atlantic, 1763-1838 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The City Of London And The British Economy Since 1870 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Cold War Era Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: History Research Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: American Politics And Society Since 1968 Credits: 20
Module: Australia - From Penal Settlement To Nation, 1788-2000 Credits: 20
Module: Chartism: Working-Class Politics And Culture In Britain, 1838-48 Credits: 20
Module: Citizenship, Violence And Race: Germans And Africans In Colonial And Postcolonial Encounters Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: India And The British Raj, 1765-1947 Credits: 20
Module: Industrial Warfare And The Great War, 1914 To 1918 Credits: 20
Module: Modern Europe C 1860-1939:Health, Environment, And Welfare Credits: 20
Module: Northern Soul: Constructing Regional Identities In The North Of England 1800-Present Credits: 20
Module: South Africa In The Twentieth Century Credits: 20
Module: The Third Reich And Its Aftermath: Germany, 1933-1961 Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for History courses (PDF, 750.3KB)

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