Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
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, 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.

Our 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 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, law and the Civil Service – or into further study or research.

You’ll 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.

Top reasons to study with us

  • We provide a solid foundation of academic study and transferable skills enabling students to succeed in their degree subjects
  • A broad study programme is delivered by experts in their field, both in the chosen degree subject and neighbouring disciplines
  • Our flexible and modern course spans the globe, enabling students to understand the social, political, economic, and cultural processes that have shaped today’s world
  • Our Regent Campus means exceptional resources are within walking distance, and London’s museums and archives offer first-class research opportunities and unparalleled options on work placement modules
  • Our small group tutorials develop students academically and enhance employment potential

Course structure

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.

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’ll have the chance to take a credit-bearing work-placement module in one of London’s hundreds of archives, museums, galleries, libraries and other repositories. Previous interns have had placements in the Imperial War Museum, the House of Lords Record Office and many other London institutions.

You can also study an optional module from a range of topics across the University in each year.

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

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • 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
  • Rule Britannia. Researching Britain and the Empire 1750- 1914 
  • Swinging London: Revolution and Legacy
  • 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 Tutorial
  • Jack the Ripper: Myth, Reality, Culture and Popular History
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • The Cinema as a Source for Historians

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Archives and Museums Internship
  • 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
  • Transatlantic Feminisms: The Women’s Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965
  • Vichy: War, Occupation and the Holocaust in France 1940- 1944
  • Work Placement for Humanities

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Get ahead before graduating

Our internship module gives you the opportunity to gain valuable and practical experience in impressive institutions.

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The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to succeed in a many careers such as teaching, public relations, marketing, museums and galleries, higher education administration and the Civil Service.

Career development

As a University of Westminster History graduate, you'll be well placed to take advantage of employment opportunities in the ‘knowledge economy’. Many of our graduates are currently pursuing successful careers in teaching, the Civil Service, museums and galleries, public relations and marketing, higher education administration and in all sectors of industry.

Many of our graduates go on to further study and a number are now pursuing successful academic careers of their own.

Internships

In the past, students on our internship module have been placed with exceptional institutions including:

  • Bishopsgate Institute
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Kew Botanical Gardens Archive.
  • National Gallery 
  • National Theatre Archive
  • Royal College of Physicians Archive

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Financial consultancy adviser
  • Marketing officer
  • Museum curator
  • School teacher
  • Security analyst
  • PR and publicity roles

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • British Chambers of Commerce
  • Citi Bank
  • General Electric
  • Science Museum
  • The Wolfson Foundation

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

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Dr Katja Seidel is a historian of 20th century European history whose research focuses particularly on the history of European integration since 1945.

 

Dr Katja Seidel

Senior Lecturer

 

Dr Katja Seidel is a historian of 20th century European history whose research focuses particularly on the history of European integration since 1945. She has published research on the formation of European elites and the origins of supranational institutions as well as on the origins and evolution of European policies such as competition policy and the common agricultural policy. She teaches a wide range of modules on British, European and international history.

 

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Dr Patrick Smylie

Senior Lecturer

Graduating with a First Class degree in Modern History at the University of Westminster in 2006, Dr Patrick Smylie was awarded a Master’s degree in Irish History from Queen's University in 2007 and gained his doctorate in 2010.

His research has examined Irish communism and more broadly the Left in Ireland from the late 19th century until the end of the Cold War.

Recently his research has focused on urban history with an interest on the impact of ‘the Troubles’ on everyday life in Northern Ireland.  He's particularly interested in housing policies aimed at maintaining the peace, but which increased segregation by religion in ‘sectarian suburbs’.

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Why study this course?

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Regent Campus in central London, you'll enjoy the benefits of being close to museums, archives and other exceptional resources.

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Study visits

We organise study visits to archives and repositories around the city so you can experience London as a resource for historians.

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Support through tutorials

Our small group tutorials provide tailored advice to support your studies and enhance your employment potential.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DEE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP 
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

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

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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

  • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

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

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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.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK 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: £14,400 (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.

What our students say

Felix Diury

Felix Diury

History BA

Dynamic, enjoyable and diverse best describe 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.

Chelsea Mordue

Chelsey Mordue

History BA

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. After leaving Westminster I pursued a teaching career and taught History to A-Level students. My time at Westminster provided a thorough and detailed knowledge of the subject which allowed me to pass that on. After several years of teaching I decided to embark on a PhD. Choosing where to do this was not a difficult decision. I decided that Westminster was the best place for me as I was confident in the academic and pastoral support I would receive, and I've been given numerous opportunities throughout my studies.

Michael Trull

Michael Trull

History BA

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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Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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