Teaching and learning in 2021/22

If government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are required during the 2021/22 academic year, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning, in order to prioritise the safety of students and staff. For more details on changes to this course, see our planned undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

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 course offers a history internship, or an alternative work placement
  • 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

In the first year, you will learn about the key historical trends, individuals, and events that shaped the modern world in the 19th century, be introduced to the various disciplines of history, and advance your academic and employability skills. All of this has been purposely designed to prepare you for studying history from a variety of perspectives and in greater depth as you progress with your studies. 

Subjects of study include:

  • The World Remade: Global Perspectives on the Long Nineteenth Century
  • History Matters
  • History Tutorial 
  • Protests: From Bread Riots to Extinction Rebellion

Credit Level 4

In the second year, you further learn about the main themes and issues that have driven global history in the 20th century, and select optional modules on, for example, the politics of race and the struggle for civil rights in the USA, representations of Jack the Ripper, or a case study in Nationalism from around the world. Building upon what you learned in the first year, you will expand your academic and employability skills set in preparation for the third year, and work or further study following graduation. 

Subjects of study include:

  • The World Renewed: Global Perspectives on the Twentieth Century
  • History Tutorial
  • Transforming British Politics
  • Jack the Ripper: Cultural and Popular History
  • Civil War to Civil Rights
  • Age of Nationalism: A Case Study
  • A Sexual History of London

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you’ll have the option to undertake either a study or work placement at a partner institution abroad. The optional year abroad helps you develop cultural and intercultural awareness of the country you visit and gives you an opportunity to gain experience in a different setting.

In the final year, you will make practical and effective use of what you have learned in first and second year when researching and writing the History Dissertation, and when studying our ‘Special Subjects’. Consisting of 12 diverse topics, in the past these have included Darwin and Degeneracy, the Fall and Rise of Soho, the Anatomy of the English Sex Scandal, 1800-1900, and, Orientalism: Oil and Islam? The Middle East since 1876. You can also opt to take one of two work placement modules on offer.

Subjects of study include:

  • Dissertation for History and History and Politics
  • Special Subjects in History
  • The End of History?
  • Archives and Museums Internship
  • Humanities Work Placement

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.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]

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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.

Work experience

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

You'll also have the option to complete an alternative work placement through our Humanities Work Placement module.

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.

Open days

Join us at an open day either on campus or online or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to:

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take an in person virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation
  • Find out more about the courses you are interested in
  • Meet and talk to current students about their experiences

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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.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

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.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction of £4,500 per year, which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

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 - 2013

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 - 2017

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 will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment 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 lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
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How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
     
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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.

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