History BA(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
History at the University of Huddersfield
About the course
We offer a broad ranging History course allowing you to explore medieval and modern history and British, European and World history.
We have a friendly, hands-on approach to delivering our courses. Our staff are high achievers in their research fields 100% of their work submitted for the last Research Assessment Exercise was internationally recognised, with 66% classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
All of our modules aim to equip you with the skills needed by the world of work, such as good communication and analytical skills, independent and team working, and problem solving. In addition, we have innovative assessments which allow you to be creative and which may include activities such as creating exhibitions for local and national museums and making podcasts. We were also the first university History department to introduce a work placement module.
In the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2016, History scored 91% for overall satisfaction. The University was also ranked 13th in the country (out of 90) and top in Yorkshire for History studies by The Guardian's University Guide 2015.
What our examiners say: "I was especially impressed by the level and helpfulness of the feedback on essays." Dr Gwilym Dodd
"This is a successful set of courses taught by a dedicated group of staff who are effective in getting the most out of their students."Professor Stuart Jones
Here's what current History student Claire has to say about her course.
History at Huddersfield is wide ranging in its content, covering periods from the medieval to modern times, and ranging geographically from Britain and Western Europe to North America and Asia. You'll encounter gender perspectives as well as the history of ideas.
Early Medieval Europe: c500 - 1215
This module covers the history of, what was to become, Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire to the end of the 11th Century. It explores the religious and social history of the period, in a range of geographic locations and ethnic groups, from Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll have the opportunity to examine written sources alongside visual representations and material culture. You’ll also be advised how to find, evaluate and reference supporting material for your work; how to identify arguments and structure essays and document analyses; and how to present material orally, as well as in writing.
Twentieth Century Britain
Using a chronological and thematic approach, you'll be introduced to the major political, social, economic and cultural developments affecting British society in the 20th Century. This module falls within the ‘Communities and Welfare Research Group’ at the University and explores how Britons identified themselves with a variety of communities, relating to place, gender, class and other affiliations. It also explores the development of social policy in relation to the welfare state.
The Modern World
This module will focus on the political and social histories of a number of case studies focussing on the period from the end of the 19th Century until the eve of the Second World War. We cover countries from a range of European and World powers, including the USSR, the USA and France. In each case the focus will be on the main political themes of the era, such as democracy, fascism and communism, considering them in wider social contexts.
Britons Abroad 1500-2000
This module covers the history of the British activities in other areas of the world from the early modern era to the 20th Century. It looks at reasons why the British decided to leave their home over a 500 year period, examining religion, exile, economic factors and the development of Empire.
Work Related Project
This module will support you in developing your career plans and gaining experience that will help you to succeed in your future employment. You'll undertake either a work placement or a work-related project in your chosen area. You'll receive guidance from academic staff and the careers service as you plan your placement or project, helping you to gain the most from this valuable experience.
This module helps to equip you with the necessary tools to devise and plan your own independent research project. The module is taught through a series of workshops that support you in becoming a historical researcher in your own right. You'll have the opportunity to identify a historical research topic, locate research questions within an appropriate historiographical context and find relevant primary source material. As such, the course offers a significant underpinning for third-year dissertations and projects.
Four options from a list which may include-
Holy Wars: The Age of Crusades
This module explores the Crusades to the Holy Land from the late 11th to mid-13th Centuries in the context of contemporary political, social and religious developments in Western Europe and the Middle East. You'll be directed to different accounts of the Crusades in contemporary sources from the perspective of the crusaders themselves, as well as from the point of view of the Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine peoples who were affected by the influx of Western Europeans to the Eastern Mediterranean. You'll also have the opportunity to examine crusading activities within Europe (e.g. Spain and the Baltic).
Reformation and Revolution
This module aims to introduce students, through a study of primary and secondary sources, to the political and religious history of the Tudor and Early Stuart periods in areas under the control of the English crown. It aims to lead students to an understanding of the way these developments have been debated and still have a resonance in the 21st century. This is a survey module.
Hitler's Germany: Life and Death in the Third Reich
This module examines the history, memory and historiographical controversy surrounding the Nazi era in European History. It uses a broad range of primary and secondary source material to provide a deep historical analysis, rooted in the debates over the consent or coercion of the German population, the limits of the totalitarian model and the nature of victimhood and commemoration.
Hands on History: Voice Film and Material Culture
You'll aim to gain a practical understanding of how non-textual sources can be used to write history. You'll be encouraged to explore at least three different types of source material and look at the variety of ways the past is represented in the historical record and the contemporary world. This may involve organising an oral history project or handling the objects in a museum collection.
Modern India: from Raj to Independence C. 1860-1950
This course is designed to introduce students to the benefits, and complexities, of studying the history of another culture and continent, and the specific issues at stake in studying a colonised society. Thus, the course will incorporate both an in-depth study of the history of India, c.1860-1950, and the historiographical debates that have characterised post-colonial studies. To do so, it will utilise both the records of British colonial rule, and Indian sources (some in translation). Special attention will be paid to regional differences and to the impossibility of treating either ‘the British’ or Indian subjects as homogeneous groups. To facilitate awareness of the complexities of colonial and post-colonial society, the course will often turn to local studies and to biographies of individuals who lived through this period of Indian history – exploring both the diversity of experience, and continuities of thought, custom and practices.
This module studies the major themes of social, political and cultural development in Victorian Britain and its Empire. It explores the key landmarks in Victorian history and asks a series of historiographical questions about the period. You’ll be introduced to the major digitized primary sources of the era and will be shown how to use digital means for research, analysis and dissemination of your historical work.
After the Black Death: Late Medieval Society
This module will explore the world created by the experience of the Black Death in the 14th and 15th Centuries, focussing on England in Europe but broadening your focus to explore connections with the wider world. You'll start with the Europe of the early 14th Century – a place of high population and food shortage - and then move to investigate how that changed with the population crash of the Black Death. You'll be encouraged to use digital sources such as British History online, JISC Historic Books, and British Library Digitised Manuscripts.
Medieval and early modern warfare in England
In this module you will explore the ways in which warfare was conducted in the late medieval and early modern periods. The focus will be principally on battles fought in England, from Hastings to Sedgemoor, viewed from an archaeological and landscape rather than a purely military historical perspective. You will have the opportunity to examine the ways in which the interaction of troops, technology, tactics and terrain influence the character and outcome of the action. You will also consider how warfare can be studied using a combination of written and physical evidence.
Growing up in the past: oral histories of childhood and youth
This module deals with the theory and practice of oral history in relation to the history of childhood and youth. You will conduct at least one interview, and provide all the relevant ethical and archival documentation to accompany it. You will be introduced to the key problems in oral history of memory, ethics, intersubjectivity and narrative. Finally, in order to write about the experience of childhood and youth in the past, you will learn the analytical techniques which can be applied to oral history data.
Year 3 – optional placement year
The course also offers an optional one-year (40 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.
One option from a list which may include-
Dissertation (History in Practice)
The dissertation is a 12,000 word project where you'll be encouraged to use primary sources to research a topic of your choice. Alternatively you can opt for the History in Practice element which allows you to put the skills you've learnt in your time at Huddersfield into a creative project. This is an opportunity to present your work in a different way. Every year we work with external partners to deliver exhibitions, create learning resources and research public facing projects. Previous students have worked with organisations such as Leeds City Museums, the National Coalmining Museum for England, the Thackray Medical Museum, local schools and local history societies. Assessment is an oral presentation, and a 12,000 word dissertation or a 5,000 word essay and a Community History project.
Honours Level Project
The Honours Project is a 6,000 word tightly focused project where you'll have access to primary sources to research a topic of your choice. Assessment is an oral presentation and 6,000 word project.
Up to five options from a list which may include-
History and Myth: Writing and Re-writing the Middle Ages
This module will explore aspects of medieval history in depth, focusing on contemporary narrative sources, both historical and literary, and including some consideration of related visual and material sources. You'll also engage with the post-medieval representation of the Middle Ages in both academic and popular terms.
Community and Identity in the Later Middle Ages
This module explores the construction and negotiation of community and identity in the later middle ages, through the lenses of gender and religion. In the 21st Century ‘the religious turn’ has focused attention on the need to understand these interactions, and the module encourages you to develop and explore your own case study and consider how you would share that with a wider world.
This module will consider a key era of early modern history with a strong focus on primary materials and the way in which they relate to key historiographical debates.
The Elizabethan Age
This is a specialised module which engages students, through the study of primary and secondary sources, in examining the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). It aims to develop students’ understanding of key themes in the early modern era, such as gender, politics, foreign policy and religion. It also aims to look at perceptions of Elizabeth I’s reign in modern society by examining modern views of Elizabeth in writing, image and popular mediums of television and film.
The Great War: Culture and Society
The module examines the origins of the war, the military course of the conflict, its effect on domestic society and reactions to the war through literature, art and memorial architecture. The focus of the module is on the British experience, though it will consider continental European and imperial experiences too.
Britain on the Breadline
This module studies particular decades of the late 19th and 20th Centuries in order to determine the extent to which Britain experienced discontent in a period of generally improving living standards. You will have the opportunity to study Britain in the 1930s or the 1970s.
The Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance and Memory in Wartime France
This module examines the history and memory of the French experience of World War II, focusing on the German Occupation, the Vichy Regime, French collaboration, and the development of internal and external resistance. You'll have access to a broad range of primary and secondary source material to provide a cultural historical analysis, rooted in the debates over silence, truth and representation.
Mindsets, Institutions and Madness
This module aims to develop your understanding of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries in relation to the ‘care’ of what we would now call the mentally ill and the learning disabled. By focusing on social and political, as well as medical themes you’ll have the chance to explore both the understanding of mental ill health and learning disability, and the responses to them.
The Body and the City
This module aims to develop your understanding of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries in relation to health, medicine and the urban environment. By focusing on social and political, as well as medical, themes you’ll have the chance to explore key changes in knowledge about the regulation of the body. The primary focus is on Britain but comparative elements from other western European countries are included to put the British experience into context.
Bloodlands: Historical Geography of Interwar East Central Europe
This module will investigate East Central Europe in the period between the two World Wars. Carving states out of the remnants of the Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian Empires created much political (and, in some cases, military) turmoil over border disputes and ethnic exclaves, some of which resurfaced after the end of the Cold War. You will learn about Eastern European history in the 1920s and 1930s, theory and methods of spatial history and historical geography, maps as sources, and digital cartography for analysis and dissemination of historical geographies.
At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
The course offers a compulsory 6 week work placement in Year 2. Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre, The Royal Armouries Museum, DIG York Archaeological Trust, Leeds Mencap, Cancer Research UK, Poplars Farm Primary School, Aviva Insurance and the National Media Museum and a range of primary and secondary schools.
The course also offers an optional one-year (40 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.
Disability should not prevent you from securing a placement and we encourage all students with a disability to aim to do a placement. We can offer support and advice on overcoming any perceived challenges.
100% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. Studying history allows you to keep your career options open. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within libraries, archives, the media, industry and the voluntary sector, PR, law, politics and accountancy.
A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include English Heritage, The National Trust, The Royal Armouries, British Waterways and Eureka Museum*. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level. *Source: Linked In.
Teaching and assessment
12% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
You will experience a range of teaching and learning formats including lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, workshops and individual tuition.Some of your submissions may involve producing a podcast, contributing to an exhibition or working on an archive. The assessment of this module will be based on both written and practical work including examinations, essays, oral presentations, research analysis reports and portfolios.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Our facilities are continually being updated with cutting edge technology to support your learning. IT facilities in our West Building, where History is housed, include flexible learning rooms equipped with video conferencing equipment, interactive smart boards with all-round ceiling projection and audio-visual cabinets with the usual cd/dvd/vhs playback and pc and laptop connections.
In the University Library and Computing Centre (LCC), only 2-minutes walk from the History building you'll find collections of books, journals, newspaper articles, and electronic access to a wide range of online journals, parliamentary papers, state papers, newspapers and other resources. The University also has an extensive collection of archival material, ranging from files of the Huddersfield Labour Party to a wealth of information on Yorkshire history. The LCC contains modern IT facilities with 24-hour access and comfortable spaces for you to work alone or in small groups. History subject specialists are on hand to help you find and use source materials.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
If you decide to apply for a course that includes a work placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required to enable you to undertake that placement in settings with children (e.g. within a School). Should the organisation you are going to be working in require one to be undertaken, the School will support you to apply for a check. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.5 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.
100% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading; we more than doubled the amount of world-leading research we produced since the last REF. Our impact case studies scored particularly highly, being rated 20% world leading and 50% internationally excellent. - REF 2014
We extend our knowledge and understanding of History through the production of high quality work, with funding coming from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute, the Leverhulme Trust and other significant grant providers. As part of this process we have also invested in early career members of staff with great success.
There are currently four Research Centres in History:the Arms and Armour Research Institute, the Archaeogenetics Research Group, the Academy for British and Irish Studies, Centre for Visual and Oral History.Current individual staff research projects also include: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Heritage and Stigma, The Anne Clifford Project and Making the Tudor Viol.
For more information, see the Research section of our website.