Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the History BA Honours degree.

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, with a focus on British and European history, but there are many opportunities to study American, imperial and global 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, social, cultural and military 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, the Civil Service and the Law – or prepared for research or further study.

You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

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.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Law, Power and Authority
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • History, Memory and Belonging

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • History Matters 
  • History Tutorial 
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Swinging London: Revolution and Legacy
  • Rule Britannia. Researching Britain and the Empire 1750-1914
  • The Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy 1940-1951

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Society and Politics in the 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
  • Writing History: Approaches and Methods for History Dissertation
  • The Past in the Present: History in London's Museums
  • The Cinema as a Source for Historians

Credit Level 5

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
  • Sex, Race and the Making of Modern Britain, 1800-1912
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • 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

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – DDE
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points or more
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma - 64 UCAS tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) 

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points or more

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

More information

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Find out more

Studying History at Westminster

The Regent Campus experience

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

What our students say

Felix Diury

Felix Diury

Dynamic, enjoyable and diverse best describes my three years studying for a BA in History at the University of Westminster. The History department boasts an array of passionate and wonderful lecturers who seek to provide students with a range of skills in order to maximise their potential during, and after, their undergraduate degree.

Chelsey Mordue

I started my History BA degree at the University of Westminster in 2010 and graduated in 2013. I could not have asked for a better experience. The degree structure allowed me to study the topics I was most interested in whilst also providing a secure foundation in the subject. The lectures and seminars always felt relevant and were fun, interactive and interesting.

There were often field walks and trips organised: I went on a Jack the Ripper walk and a field trip to Dublin as part of two of the modules I studied. The lecturers were approachable and friendly with a genuine willingness to support us all academically.

Michael Trull

Michael Trull

Studying History at the University of Westminster has profoundly changed what I thought I could achieve and what I now think is possible for me in the future. The modules provided and the lecturers who run them cover everything you can think of from 1750 onwards, including major wars, political revolutions, social change and even individual personalities like George Orwell.

Studying Modern History has been the highlight of my three years at University, and having such an enjoyable and interesting degree was the icing on the cake for my life in London. Thanks to the expertise and support at the University I was able to be quite flexible with my studies and enjoy London to its fullest. All of these advantages allowed me to graduate with a First Class Honours Degree, setting myself up for both higher education and the world of work.

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