History BA Honours

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UCAS code: V100 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Our 2016 undergraduate courses feature some exciting new changes based on student feedback, which include providing more opportunities for you to broaden your knowledge and skills while here. See full details about the changes to our undergraduate courses.

Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 3 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Regent

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

History remains among the most fascinating and best loved of the arts and social science disciplines, and this is an exceptional degree which makes the most of our unique West End location. The course is modern and UK focused, but as the UK was shaped by its relationship with Europe, the empire and the wider world, there are many opportunities to study European, American and imperial history as well. A distinctive element of the degree is its focus on the extraordinary history of London.

You’ll learn inside and outside the classroom, on stimulating modules in political, diplomatic, military and social history, many of which are unique to Westminster. You’ll explore the streets of the capital, learn how to conduct your own research in London’s unique archives, and graduate as a well- trained and experienced historian, ready to launch yourself into the world of work – in careers such as the media, education and the Civil Service – or prepared for research or further study. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Course content

Research underpins much of our teaching, and we encourage you into a community of scholars, through teaching which will enthuse and inspire you. A wide range of assessments includes essays and exams, document and artefact analysis, presentations, book reviews, portfolio preparation and mini-projects. Through these you will learn essential skills that will enhance your employability. You can study an elective module from across the university in each year, and also take a credit-bearing internship in an archive, library or museum. Previous interns have had placements in the Imperial War Museum, the House of Lords Record Office and many other London institutions.

Subjects of study

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • Conflict and Commemoration: War and Memory in Twentieth-century Europe
  • Cosmopolis: London since 1960
  • Imperial Capital, World City: London 1750-1914. Sources and Methodology
  • Metropolis: London and Modernity, 1830-1939
  • The Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy 1940-1951

Year 2 (Credit Levels 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: USA 1850-1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship. The Making of the Modern World Part Two: 1914-1990
  • Fenians to Free State: the Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • History Internship
  • Jack the Ripper: Myth, Reality, Culture and Popular History
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • Research Skills and Dissertation Preparation
  • The Past in the Present: History in London's Museums

Year 3 (Credit Levels 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Divided Society: a Social History of Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • "Don't Mention the War!" Britain and Germany since 1945
  • History Dissertation
  • New World Order: International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
  • Suspicious Neighbours: Anglo-French Relations since 1914
  • The Cinema as a Source for Historians
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • The Weary Titan: Suez and British Decolonisation
  • Vichy: War, Occupation and the Holocaust in France 1940-1944
  • Transatlantic Feminisms: the Women's Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965

This list is indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over five years.

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As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.

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Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don't meet our Bachelor's degree entry requirements.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

Erasmus offering

Why not consider going on exchange as part of this degree? You could spend semester one or two of your second year at one of our partner institutions and gain international experience and global skills to further enhance your employability. As part of its exchange offerings Westminster is also an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme which is supported by the European Commission. This degree has Erasmus+ exchange partners and you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards living expenses whilst on exchange. For further details visit the Student exchange section.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Students and staff introduce the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology.

Students from the BA (Hons) History and BA (Hons) English Literature and History talk about their experiences studying history in the heart of London.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

DateTitleLocation
08 October 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Social Sciences and Humanities

We offer an exciting breadth of activity across the Social Sciences, Law and the Arts and Humanities. We are one of the country's biggest providers of Modern and Applied Language tuition.

Find out more in our welcome from the Dean of the faculty

What our students say

"Stick with it, don’t give up, get involved and enjoy yourself, it’s really so incredibly worthwhile..." Dolly Wright, BA Honours History with French.

The Regent Campus Experience

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