History University of Portsmouth


If you’re fascinated by history, there’s no better place to study it than Portsmouth, a city that's played a key role in the past of Britain.

On this BA (Hons) History degree course, you’ll explore the past and bring it to life, through practical study. You’ll pick the periods of time that interest you most, both in British and global history, and develop your skills in research and analysis.

After the course, you'll have sought-after qualities you can transfer easily to the workplace in roles that involve analysis, research, communication and teamwork.

95% Graduates in work or further study (Unistats data on DLHE 2017); 96% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience
On this History degree course you’ll:

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and the periods of history that excite you most

  • Have access to primary and secondary historical sources through local organisations and archive subscriptions

  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

  • Enhance your studies by taking advantage of our close links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Records Service and the D-Day Museum

  • Explore current debates about the past and how it's interpreted, with expert scholars in the field

  • Study in a city that has played a major role in the history of Britain

Optional pathways
You can follow optional sociology or politics pathways through this degree, or include it as a pathway in our English Literature, American Studies or International Relations courses. It'll lead to one of these awards at the end of the course:

  • BA (Hons) History with Politics

  • BA (Hons) History with Sociology

  • BA (Hons) American Studies with History

  • BA (Hons) English Literature with History

  • BA (Hons) International Relations with History

"The history degree at Portsmouth has been very enjoyable and the city itself boasts a wealth of material that has been beneficial to my learning." – Connor Jones, BA Hons History student

Careers and opportunities
Employers from every area of industry value history graduates. When you complete the course, you'll have the ability to analyse and manage large amounts of information, communicate effectively, research in groups or independently, and write in a concise and informative way.

What can you do with a History degree?
Previous graduates have gone on to pursue roles in areas such as:

  • journalism

  • law

  • teaching

  • administration

  • the heritage sector

  • publishing

  • research for media production companies

What jobs can you do with a History degree?
Roles they've taken on include:

  • archivist

  • recruitment consultant

  • museum curator

  • public relations officer

  • information analyst

You could also continue your studies at Master's or PhD level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements

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