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Art History and History University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate


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The joint honours programme in Art History and History brings together expertise from two subject areas to give you a wider breadth of study. Students can choose from a wide range of courses. Art History provides a grounding in European and North American art and architecture; from the Ancient Greek world to the present day, as well as subjects in Global Art History. History students, too, can choose pathways of study to suit their individual interests: from Ancient, Medieval, Modern History, Economic and Social History, to History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The emphasis is on flexibility and choice within this joint-degree, which also offers opportunities for field trips and museum and gallery visits.


Art History:

  • Provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of art and its histories

  • Develop student's understanding of the production, circulation, and interpretation of visual culture in specific historical contexts

  • Promote awareness of the role of the visual arts within different cultures and societies, including our own

  • Foster awareness of the role of museums and galleries in the production and reproduction of cultural values

  • Enable students to choose pathways of learning that reflect their own interests

  • Develop student's intellectual and academic skills so that they are able to undertake independent research

  • Produce graduates who are ready to embark on a range of career paths, or continue on to postgraduate study

  • Provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of art and its histories


  • To stimulate critical study of the past;

  • To develop and extend students' powers of critical and analytical thought and logical argument by applying them to historical interpretation of both primary and secondary sources;

  • To advance the ability of students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study;

  • To provide a broadly based and challenging curriculum, based upon the study of diverse historical periods and cultures;

  • To develop appreciation of a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies with reference to particular Historical courses and periods;

  • To produce graduates possessing the transferable skills of self-management and independence essential for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.

Special Features

The emphasis of the course is on flexibility and choice (within this joint-degree), which also offers opportunities for museum and gallery visits and a week-long field trip to a major European city.

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 VV20
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA AAA-AAB to include History. General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the offer.

Typical contextual offer: Grades AAB to include History. General Studies is welcomed but no included as part of the offer.

For further information about contextual offers, please visit:

We recognise that applicants often achieve higher than their predicted grades, so we will consider applicants who are predicted to achieve one grade below our standard offer of AAA. The standard offer will be made in all cases, unless the applicant is studying for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). These applicants will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer with the condition they must achieve a Grade A in the EPQ.

Applicants who are eligible for a contextual offer will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer applicants. Applicants who are also studying the EPQ and achieve a Grade A will receive an offer two grades below the standard entry requirements.

If your predicted grades are at the lower end of our advertised range and you are not studying the EPQ please contact the School to discuss your application as the School considers all applications holistically.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We require DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in History.
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3.  Applicants must also have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths.  We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Please read the A-level entry requirements for this programme and then look at the relevant set of Access requirements:

For programmes requiring A*AA and AAA: a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of these credits must be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

If you are applying to a programme involving History: all Access applicants will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the Admissions Tutor. Once you have applied, the Admissions Administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the Administrator.
Scottish Higher Grades AAAAA-AAAAB taken at one sitting: accepted only in conjunction with 3 Advanced Highers at Grades shown.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme.  Pre-U equivalencies will be:

AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and Grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (note that some degree programmes may require a higher grade than this - please see individual programme requirements). GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points 36 points overall, with 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in History.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D* - D Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at Grades AA, OR full Tech Ext Cert Grade D* plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, A-level Grade A is required in History.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in History plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in History.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AA; one of these A-levels must be in History.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We require D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in History, plus an EPQ or AS at Grade A.
Scottish Advanced Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAA at A-level:  Highers of AAAABB or AABB plus Advanced Higher Grade. A.

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades. AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades. AA.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question.  Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7).
TOEFL (iBT) 100.0 100+ overall with a minimum writing score of 25. If you have obtained a different qualification please check our English language requirements to ensure it is accepted and is equivalent to the above.

GCSE English Language Grade B/6. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England.

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