University of Portsmouth

History University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • History with Politics
  • History with Sociology


What you'll study on this BA (Hons) History degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Culture & Conflict in Europe, 1450-2000
Debating the Past: Historical Perspectives
Fragments of the Past: Understanding Sources and Bias
Going Global: Encounters & Exchanges, 1450-2000
History: Academic Enrichment Programme
Thinking Like An Historian

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

History: Academic Enrichment Programme
Introduction to Historical Research
Masses and Modernity, 1750-1914

Optional modules on this year include:

British Political Leadership
Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
Family, Career and Generation
Fear and Fun: Popular Culture and Elite Anxieties
From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
Gender and Sexuality
Ideology and Politics
Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
Introduction to Teaching
Learning from Experience
Modern Foreign Language
Race and Racism
Russian & Eurasian Politics
Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
Social Power, Elites and Dissent
Study Abroad
The Extraordinary and the Everyday: People, Places and Possessions
Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules on this year include:

Dissertation / Major Project (History)
History: Academic Enrichment Programme

Optional modules in this year include:

Autocracy and Democracy
Challenging Global Inequality
Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
Learning from Experience
Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
NGOs and Social Movements
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
Special Subject: Group Project 1
Special Subject: Group Project 2
Special Subject: Individual Research 1
Special Subject: Individual Research 2
Violence, War and Society

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

close textual analysis
group and individual presentations
a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
Year 2 students: 22% by practical exams and 78% by coursework
Year 3 students: 24% by practical exams and 76% by coursework

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code V100
Institution code P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include History.
A level 96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include History.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification.
Access to HE Diploma 112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (History based).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 48, to include a Principal Subject in History.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, to include History.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 To include Higher Level History subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include a History qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 96-112 Tariff points, to include History.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. For further fee information please see **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
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Clearing contact details

University Admissions Centre - Clearing

023 9284 8000

Course Clearing information

Additional information

​​Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,

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