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History BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): V100
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four – seven years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

  • 100% of NTU’s research in History was assessed to be world-leading or excellent in terms of its impact - REF 2021.
  • Study in a city steeped in history and home to an array of museums and archives.
  • Work on company projects for museums, heritage sites, charities, trusts, local organisations and private businesses.
  • Study a course our students love - 97% of BA (Hons) History students would recommend studying at NTU to others.

History is being made right now. It is a living, breathing subject that is constantly renewing, evolving and revealing new information that teaches us about the past, anchors us to the present and informs our future. Historians are passionate, focused, curious, intellectual and open to new experiences and information. If this sounds like you, then read on.

History at NTU offers exciting opportunities to discover and understand the past through a range of skills and approaches. Our expert staff have strong links to the modern heritage industry and historical research groups, giving you opportunities to work on real-life projects and take work placements with some of the most prestigious heritage sites in the country. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international exchange partner universities.

What you’ll study

This course will help to develop your knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures, nations and ideas from medieval and early modern right through to modern and contemporary history across the globe.

We offer you a wide range of options so you can study what you are passionate about, or discover a new and exciting area you never even considered before.

Year One builds the key historical skills and practices you'll need in your future, alongside introductory modules that focus on international perspectives.

Year Two is all about you. You can choose a pathway which suits your needs and interests with the opportunity to travel, work or specialise your study with optional modules.

Year Three is your chance to really explore what fascinates you, with a further range of options and a project on a specialist research topic of your choice. You'll be guided along with expert supervision from your teaching team.

Core modules

Europe since 1789: Revolution to Referendum

Explore the ideas, ideologies, political , social, and economic changes associated with the development of Western Europe and the European States from the late 18th Century to the late 20th Century. From revolutions to unifications, empire and colonisation, war and state, the rise of communism and fascism, intellectual, economic, cultural and social developments, the module will act as a foundation for future study of history at University.

History Matters: Self and Society

Explore the ways in which historical processes shape the lives of individuals and communities, how communications shape our histories, and how your own histories can be explored in relation to world events.

Rewriting the Conquest of Mexico: Burying the White Gods

Examine the history of the Aztecs, and the legacy of the so-called 'Conquest' of Mexico. How was the history written? And why does the traditional, colonial narrative remain problematic to this day?

Sustainability in Culture and Society (includes a work-like experience)

Engage with community-led enterprises and charities as you explore the concepts of sustainability, and how it has featured  in a historical context.

America, 1607-2020: form Colony to Superpower

Examine the themes of race, colonisation, slavery in American history and examine the connections between the past and the present – for example, with the civil rights struggles of the sixties and the Black Lives Matter Movement today.

The Islamic World of the Near East

This module offers you a broad and globalised history of the Islamic World of the Near East between the years c.1000-c.1323.  This was a time of tremendous change across the entire region with major developments in: culture, trade, art, architecture, religion, technology and demography.

Core module

The Historian's Craft

This module introduces you to a range of historical source collections and guides you through best practice of critically examining source evidence.

History in Action

You will evaluate your skill set and identify gaps to work on through a minimum of 80 hours of relevant work-like experience, to include placement, volunteering and charity work, community-engaged learning, consultancy or collaborations.

Money Matters: Finance Past and Present

See how historical processes affect share prices and economics by play the London Stock Exchange as a team, and research the individual companies and sectors you invest in.

In the second half of the year you will choose from:

Pathway 1: Extended work-like experience

Get the experience you need for after you graduate, and really understand how the things you study translate into the world of work with a 16 to 18 week work placement. Your highly experienced Employability Team will help you find a placement to suit your career goals from our huge network of companies, historical and heritage organisations, charities, institutions, and beyond.

Pathway 2: An international exchange

Travel the world, meet new friends, and have experiences you will remember for the rest of your life.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to allow some amazing opportunities for you. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters, giving you the opportunity to take part in an international exchange. You could study with one of international exchange partners in Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, Thailand and many, many more.

Our dedicated team will support you in finding and arranging a suitable exchange. And don't worry about the cost, they will help you apply for any grants or loans you may need, as no one should miss out on the chance to broaden their horizons.

Pathway 3: Taught pathway choosing three optional modules from:

Fascism, Past and Present

Examine and contextualise fascism and fascist regimes both in the past as well as the present - specifically recent neo-fascist movements and illiberal right-wing governments.

Global Environmentalism

Develop an understanding of the human impact on the environment from the 15th Century to the present and how such slow-moving change can interact with social justice.

Global Middle Ages

Consider traditional boundaries of ‘periodisation’ and take a broad geographic perspective on the Medieval period to explore trans-cultural connections.

Tudors and Stuarts: Rulers and representations

Understand the relevance of themes in Tudor and Stuart history to contemporary Britain.

History Online: Researching and Presenting the Past

Create a 'magazine' project to contribute to the History blog.

Year-long University Language Programme language module.

Core module

History Research Project

Produce your final year research project which will include a  product pitch , literature review and finally a showcase where you present in an exhibition-style  environment.

Optional modules

Choose two modules from:

Representing History

Apply your historical knowledge and skills to deliver a real world project working for an external client brief.

Women and Gender in the Pre-Modern World

Explore the changes in lived experience and gender roles from biblical to renaissance periods.

Understanding Emotions

Understand the theoretical frameworks used by contemporary historians to analyse emotional experience.

Legacies and Memory of Conflict

The module examines the issue of conflict, its legacies and memorialisation. It will focus on a series of historical struggles from around the world and use them to interrogate what happened and why before analysing their traces and consequences in their respective post-conflict eras.

The Global Struggle for Civil and Human Rights

Examine the long struggle for civil and human rights within different national and transnational contexts

History on Trial

Examine and contextualise the issues and controversies that faced various societies in the United States, Great Britain and the Middle East at critical moments in history

History Online: the Value and Values of History

Explore a diverse range of historical subjects based on the latest research and your personal interests.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Edward Hammond

History

Bringing history to life is incredibly important, and part of the course revolves around presenting its students with opportunities to hone their skills as historians in more interactive and inclusive ways.

Alex Stainsby

History

I gained a lot of new skills whilst working for The Student Wordsmith. I feel I have learnt a great deal about the field of marketing and publishing.

Leah Drew

History

.The diversity of topics and sources that you engage with are fantastic. There is something for everyone – military history, history and religion, gender history, life and death in history, history across the globe, just everything!

Emma Allsop

The work placement modules and the range of topics available were the main reasons I chose my course. The second year module called History At Work and the third year module, Real Life Work Project both allowed me to gain experiences that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Harriet Bird

I gained work experience at Creswell Crags through my second year module, and the Real Life Work Project module. I also have a volunteer position at Newstead Abbey. I used the FutureHub employability service at NTU to get this placement.

Simon Brown

I learned a lot at NTU about how museums have developed over time, and how they can contribute to public life. I am always applying that learning in my work.

Joseph Lane

History

“I would absolutely recommend the course to anyone interested in studying history at university. The variety of modules on offer is impressive and caters for a wide range of styles and approaches to history, from medieval gender history and The Crusades, to moral panic

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How you’re taught

Our students love their course, and you will too

94% of BA (Hons) History students are satisfied with teaching on their course (National Student Survey 2022)

How will I learn?

As well as traditional lectures and seminars, your learning is designed to help you hone your skills of research, critical analysis and intellectual discussion. You will be involved in group work, live projects, tutorials, presentations, visits and workshops that will help you to develop your teamwork and communication skills, as well as your ability to present complex arguments.

You will also carry out independent project work where you’ll have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment, as well as face-to-face support from your teaching team.

How will I be assessed?

We use a varied and diverse range of coursework assessments to develop your skills and support your progress. These include digital projects, reviews, case-studies, essays, presentations and reports.

Our innovative approach to assessment means that in Year One you will develop and enhance a complementary set of key skills for success in second and third year, and throughout the degree the varied assessment pattern will enable you to engage with the past and prepare for your future through an exciting array of projects

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the ULP.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%)

All Arts and Humanities students will complete a minimum of 240 hours of work like experience over the three years of the course

Staff Profiles

Kevin Gould

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Kevin Gould is a Principal Lecturer in Late Medieval/Early Modern History (European), and Programme Leader for Single Honours History.

Andrew Gritt

Head of Department

School of Arts & Humanities

Dr Andy Gritt is Head of History, Heritage and Global Cultures.

Katharina Massing

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Dr Massing is the module leader for the MA Museum and Heritage Development Research Project, Materiality and Memory and Museum and Heritage Futures.

John McCallum

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Dr McCallum is a senior lecturer in History, and Course Leader for the BA History degree.

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (93%), practical (7%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

Knowledge and understanding of the past is of incalculable value both to the individual and to society, and as one of our History students you will gain a wide range of academic and transferable skills to achieve this.

…at university

As well as through study, the combination of skills gained from work experience and extracurricular activities can help boost your job prospects and develop a well-rounded CV. Undertaking volunteering or work experience with organisations and businesses that you are interested in working for will help you develop some skills that are relevant to your career interests. For example, experience working with museum collections if you want to pursue a career in curatorship.

… on graduation

History graduates find employers respect and desire the skills they acquire. Popular career routes you may follow include research or teaching, politics, law, business, social care, arts and museum curatorship, journalism, librarianship and archiving.

Or you may wish to follow in the footsteps of other graduates and choose to progress to further study, either by continuing your research within History, or gaining more direct vocational qualifications such as museum and heritage management, teaching, or tourism.

Our History course also has established links with its former students, through which we receive employment opportunities for graduating students. Our graduates have gone on to forge successful careers both within large, well-known organisations and the small to medium-sized companies that constitute much of the UK economy.

Employability

Our friendly and experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal and practical support. Find out more about our Careers Service.

Campus and facilities

Here are some of the free services, student discount and benefits you'll get studying at NTU

We've carefully considered what benefits and services you need for your studies, so when you join NTU you'll get free printing and materials credits, access to our free WiFi, a copy of Microsoft Office, and can even borrow a laptop if yours is out of commission.

For life outside your lectures, you'll enjoy access to over 60 sports clubs and 130 student societies, discounted travel and bike hire, free language learning, award-winning student support and an entertainment programme which is second to none.

See all the benefits and free services you will enjoy as an NTU student.

Books and library resources

In our library you’ll have access to an extensive and diverse range of books including those on your reading list.

The library's online resources and NTU Online Workspace (NOW) also provides digital access to the core resources for your modules and a wide range of specialist collections, texts, and databases

Nottingham Trent University has its own Blackwell’s Bookshop which stocks relevant academic texts plus a wide range of bestselling novels.

IT Resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the campus, with PCs providing access to: Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Societies

Current students run societies in a range of Humanities and Arts subjects including History, Medieval, Film, Filmmaking, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, and the Book society.

There are also a number of media channels which our students get involved in such as the NTU radio station FlyLive, our student magazine Platform, and TV station TrentTV.

Find out more about student societies at the Student Union website.

Entry requirements

  • 112 - 120 UCAS tariff points from four A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.


Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

You will need the equivalent to:

  • 120 UCAS tariff points from four A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before. This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Please see our fees page for more information.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the full-time route just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Need help with your application?

For admissions related enquiries please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Email or Ask us a question

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.