Take a journey into the past and explore what it means for our present and future. Discover epoch-making developments from histories around the world on our BA (Hons) History degree in Cambridge. Join a course that's ranked third in the country for The Teaching on my Course, and fourth in the country for Academic Support (Source: subject ranking for History, National Student Survey 2022). On our BA (Hons) History degree we’ll take you on a journey into the past, looking at the histories of Britain, Europe, the United States and other parts of the world from 1500 onwards. You’ll encounter major historical figures from Henry VIII to Martin Luther King, and explore epoch-making transitions in human experience such as the development of empires, industrialisation and new technology. Together, we’ll explore major themes such as the impact of revolutions, imperialism and democracy at the same timeexploring the history of everyday life, including changes in the home, consumerism and popular culture. You won’t just study Hitler and Stalin, but also topics such as James Bond and popular literature too. You’ll get the opportunity to study different kinds of history, looking at the past both through chronological surveys but also in thematic terms. Your modules will include subjects like the history of crime (from the early modern period up to the present), the treatment of poverty and the media. We’ll explore the history of social structure too, looking at economic change but also gender and race. Together we’ll discover stories in the past that are sometimes inspiring but also challenging, looking at contemporary figures such as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as well as major issues such as climate change, and learning how to place them in a historical perspective. At the end of your degree, you’ll have an impressive story to tell employers. Our History degree is structured to build up skills that can take you into the world of work. We’ll give you training in research and data analysis, exploring how to gain the most from sources. We’ll also show you how to communicate your research, using formats from the printed page through to podcasts, webpages and exhibitions. You’ll also gain access to museums and archives where you will meet professionals working in the field. You can choose to take a work placement as well as a sandwich year, where you can gain important experience of employment, helping to propel you into jobs that are fulfilling and rewarding. Our past students have gone on to a variety of careers from business, administration, the media and the Civil Service through to teaching at all levels. Some have also gone on to work in museums and archives. You’ll have access to award-winning learning facilities, including our on-campus library and a huge range of digital resources to sustain your research. Studying in the ancient university city of Cambridge will also give you access to many more resources, libraries and institutions both in the city and beyond. At level 5 and 6 you can also choose to learn, or continue learning, French, Japanese or Spanish as part of your course on our Anglia Language Programme modules. Our teaching team is made up of trained historians with an international reputation for the work they publish. You’ll also have the chance to attend talks by leading historians and other experts. Join us and share in our passion for the past. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) History students have the opportunity to:
- carry out research in Cambridge’s museums and archives
- take part in live group briefs
- go on European field trips
- study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
- choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest
Year 1 core modules: The Growth of the USA: Race, Politics and Conflict, 1776-1900; Faiths and Fury: The Early Modern Age in Britain and the Western World; A History of Now; Creating the Past: From the Archive to the Web. Year 2 core modules: Britain in the 19th century; Welfare State to European State: Britain 1906-1975; From World War to Cold War; Ruskin Module (15 credits). Year 2 optional modules: The British Empire 1783-1919; The United States in the 20th Century; Hanging, Prisons and ASBOs: Crime and Punishment in Britain throughout the Ages; Professional Placement; Battles Barricades and Ideas - Historians and Europe's Age of Revolution; Leisure and Popular Culture in Britain, 1800 to the Present. Year 3 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project - History; Gender and Sexuality in Britain: 1880-2000; Research Communication. Year 3 optional modules: The Era of Thatcher and Blair; From Communism to Consumerism: Russia since 1917; From Workhouses to Universal Credit: The Past, Present and Future of the British Welfare State; Hitler to the Hashtag: Political Communication in Peace and War; A Global History of Government and Society, 1945-1999; The Making of Modern Media. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Our History degree has a strong focus on employability and your future career, and that’s mirrored in our approach to assessment. You’ll get hands-on with historical research and develop your professional skills so, as well as exams and essays, we’ll be looking at your field trip reports, internet search reports, document analyses, case studies, book reviews and geography tests. Assessment is ongoing so you can be sure you’re receiving structured, insightful feedback throughout your degree course.
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2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.
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|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
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