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History Open University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender – learning the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.

Key features of the course

  • Explore a wide range of historical topics, periods and places

  • Find out what it means to be a historian

  • Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study

  • Study using custom-made teaching materials

  • Develop skills in research, analysis and communication that are beneficial to a wide range of careers

  • Registration is expected to open in March 2020 for courses starting from October 2020.

We also offer a Diploma of Higher Education in History (W66) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree.

Course details


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities followed by up to two modules chosen from a variety of subjects.
Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study two compulsory modules covering the history of the British Isles and Europe across different time periods.
Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree by choosing two modules from a range of options including the history of empire and twentieth-century Europe.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £18,072 Whole course

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