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History BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    V100

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


From medieval knights and early modern witches, highway robbers and French revolutionaries, to the trenches of the First World War. From the slums of Victorian London, the far corners of Empire, into the gilded homes of the aristocracy, and on to the rise of fascism – History BA (Hons) at the University of Northampton will take you on a journey through time and help you prepare for your future.

Study history with internationally recognized experts who take teaching as seriously as they take their research. We offer a supportive environment for learning where you can develop your love of history and learn vital life skills for your future career.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 15/10/2020

Highlights


  • Study British, European and Global History from the Medieval to the Modern period
  • Work with staff dedicated to providing excellent research-led teaching
  • Take the opportunity to develop your skills in a heritage-focused work project
  • Access the unique Searchlight archives of anti-fascist resistance material
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

Course Content


  • This course offers innovative, research-driven topics on British, European, and Global history from the 13th century to the 21st century. You can study a range of themes, such as gender and emotions, social and cultural history, political and military, and the history of crime, medicine and the body. Throughout you will work with academics who regularly publish as experts in their fields.

    The team of lecturers is big enough to offer a variety of modules, but small enough to provide you with a close-knit learning environment. You will know your tutors personally and see them regularly and there will always be someone to help you with your academic study, and to provide pastoral support hand–in-hand with Northampton’s excellent student support services.

    Career Prospects

    History graduates from the University of Northampton go on to work in all parts of the economy from teaching to business, to law, the civil service, research and libraries, the heritage and tourist industries, TV, film and publishing. Studying history provides you will the transferable skills of analytical thinking, research, and presentation that will make you in demand in the 21st-century workplace.

      • Module code: HIS1003
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the main social cultural religious and political developments in sixteenth- seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Students will engage with key historiographical debates about the early modern period and will investigate various forms of surviving textual and visual evidence.
      • Module code: HIS1008
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to introduce the main historical narrative and key thematic approaches to studying the history of the Holocaust as a Europe-wide phenomenon. It will also promote document analysis skills introduce students to important areas of historiography and explain the value of interdisciplinary approaches to history.
      • Module code: HIS1015
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the Origins of the First World War and their Nineteenth-Century roots. It examines the Great Powers and their conflicts both internal and external. Using a mixture of chronological and thematic studies the module provides the student with an understanding of why this seminal war occurred.
      • Module code: HIS1020
        Status: Designate
        This module traces a broad sweep of French history from the legacy of Enlightenment thought and its impact on the French Revolution through the various upheavals and regime changes which occurred in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The module addresses key political stages of this history: revolutions restored monarchies republics wars and occupation; and key socio-cultural changes affected by the latter such as education social mobility secularism and demography. The module assesses the impact of France?s tumultuous nineteenth and twentieth centuries on both contemporary France and its influence on the nation?s global partners.
      • Module code: HIS1021
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce History students to their discipline and to the nature of university study. It therefore gives them the knowledge skills and experiences that will enable them to succeed in their degree. Rather than focusing on subject knowledge the module develops understanding about the nature of the subject.
      • Module code: HIS1023
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore and contextualise the history of the body health and healing prior to the development of modern bacteriological and laboratory based medicine. The module will investigate how ideas about body and healing interacted with and were embedded within historical understandings of gender society and culture.
      • Module code: HIS1024
        Status: Designate
        This module focuses on the high and late Middle Ages in global context. Taking a thematic approach students study politics society culture and religion to gain an understanding of the events and cultural mindset of the period. Using historiography primary documents and material culture students examine medieval institutions and systems but also learn about women and men at all social levels including marginalised groups such as queer people and immigrants who are excluded from some historical narratives.
      • Module code: HIS2001
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the development of British society from the Glorious Revolution to the Napoleonic Wars. The module aims to explore the key changes experienced in British society over this period and explores themes such as urbanisation the rise of consumerism sex and sexuality and the impact of the French Revolution.
      • Module code: HIS2009
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to understand the nature of global and international history and to build an awareness of the contours and contexts of imperialism and colonialism.
      • Module code: HIS2010
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is explore the fundamental changes that occurred in attitudes to and policies towards crime policing and punishment in Britain during a period of fundamental economic and social change.
      • Module code: HIS2013
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the ideas of Karl Marx and examine how these influenced Communist states in Europe and Asia in the twentieth century. It will include scrutiny of Marxist ideologies communist regimes their political social and cultural history and promote a comparative approach to history.
      • Module code: HIS2014
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the First World War through the conceptual framework of Total War. It examines the military operations as well as the diplomatic political social and economic dimensions of the conflict. Using a mixture of chronological and thematic studies the module provides the student with an understanding of this seminal war.
      • Module code: HIS2025
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore how intimate relationships forged by ties of blood and marriage shaped the lives of women and men rich and poor from infancy to old age in England between the end of the middle ages and the start of the Industrial Revolution.
      • Module code: HIS2026
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the history of the landed upper classes through both historiographical and primary source material.
      • Module code: HIS2028
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to faciliate and promote students? on-going development of their professional research skills through undertaking personal development plans and skills reflections.
      • Module code: HIS2029
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to faciliate and promote students? on-going development of their professional research and employability skills through hands-on group practical research projects and reflection. Students work in groups on a variety of projects as well as undertaking personal development plans and skills reflections.
      • Module code: HIS2030
        Status: Designate
        Chivalry: more than just knights in shining armour jousting for the love of fair ladies. Chivalry was in fact the overarching cultural ethos of the medieval world. From the twelfth to fifteenth centuries chivalric values profoundly shaped medieval political literary and artistic cultures while also influencing how people framed wider social values.
      • Module code: HIS3018
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore what it meant to be a citizen in a context where this question was commonly negotiated in terms of what it meant to be a man or a woman. How did Georgians Victorians and Edwardians conceptualise the duties and attributes of the citizen and who did they seek to exclude?
      • Module code: HIS3019
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the nature of late Victorian urban society through a number of social and cultural historical themes.
      • Module code: HIS3021
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the wide-ranging history of fascist movements throughout the twentieth centuty as well as the better known history of fascist states in Italy and Germany. It uses theoretical debates on defining fascism and other key concepts to structure this comparative survey of the phenomenon.
      • Module code: HIS3022
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine why from the late Middle Ages the crime of demonic witchcraft became a widely held belief that led to the death of more than 50 000 individuals. During this period witches were believed to be in league with the Devil to undermine the Christian world. Students will explore why this belief came about how it was rationalised and ultimately how witches were prosecuted. The module will explore these themes from the perspective of both learned and common people. The ideas that informed the theory of demonic witchcraft and magic will be analysed alongside questions that explore how magic was experienced who performed it and how it could be countered. Students will explore a historiography informed by various ideological sociological and methodological perspectives alongside primary sources such as demonological texts; trial accounts; legal records; accounts of magic and possession; and the writings of sceptics.
      • Module code: HIS3027
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore intelligence history specifically the contribution of the intelligence services to Britain?s security from the early modern period through to the mid-Twentieth Century. It examines foreign intelligence military intelligence and security intelligence in both peace and war. Using mostly chronological case studies the module provides the student with an understanding of how and why intelligence has affected British history.
      • Module code: HIS3028
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop a high level of understanding of the English Country House during the long eighteenth century through hsitoriography and primary sources.
      • Module code: HIS3029
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the working lives of women and men in England between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Students will explore a historiography informed by various ideological and methodological perspectives alongside primary sources such as conduct manuals; cheap print; legal records; pauper petitions; and life-writings.
      • Module code: HIS3031
        Status: Designate
        This module uses one of the most painful and controversial relationships in recent history France and Algeria to examine the nature of colonial rule and colonial relationships the rise and features of indigenous nationalisms the evolution of military history and the development of insurgency and counter-insurgency including state-sponsored torture. The module uses a variety of source materials ? testimony visual and textual propaganda radical philosophy and political tracts ? to analyse the responses of the state the army intellectuals civilians conscripts and the wider international community to this bloody and protracted conflict. (N.B. No knowledge of other languages is required.)
      • Module code: HIS3032
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore key themes in British cultural and social history through the analysis of the changing historical experience of death and dying. Themes include population change religious belief gender popular culture and folk belief and health disease and medical knowledge.
      • Module code: HIS4001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to select and develop a historical research question and to complete an independently researched project culminating in a 10 000 word dissertation.
  • How will I be taught on History BA (Hons)?

    History BA (Hons)We aim to bring out the best in all our undergraduates and we recognise that employers are increasingly demanding that graduates are well equipped with a range of transferable skills. You will be assessed in all sorts of ways from traditional essays and exams, through individual presentations and group projects, to poster presentations, audio and visual podcasts, and role play. Throughout your degree we will offer you the best support available to allow you to get the most from your independent and team-based learning. You will be taught through a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums and field-trips.

    In your first and second years of study you will spend 12 hours per week engaged in guided learning (lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, online forums), supplemented by 24 hours of independent study. At third year level, you will have six to eight hours of guided learning per week, plus individual tutorials, to give you time to work on your research dissertation.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be around BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    Candidates are normally expected to have achieved a grade C or higher in History at A-Level, or to have studied History modules as part of their Access course with 12 credits at Level 3.  However, candidates with other qualifications and from other backgrounds will be given consideration on a case-by-case basis.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750

    Additional Costs

    During the programme you will have the opportunity to join study trips. Previously, these have included a Jack the Ripper tour along with visits to the Imperial War Museum and Bletchley Park.  These trips are optional and typically you will only be asked to pay for your travel; c. £20 for off-peak return fare to London for the Ripper trip and travel for IWM and Bletchley Park will vary depending on where you book them from.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900

    Additional Costs

    During the programme you will have the opportunity to join study trips. Previously, these have included a Jack the Ripper tour along with visits to the Imperial War Museum and Bletchley Park.  These trips are optional and typically you will only be asked to pay for your travel; c. £20 for off-peak return fare to London for the Ripper trip and travel for IWM and Bletchley Park will vary depending on where you book them from.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

  • Placements are available during the second year at various archives and heritage organisations to consolidate your learning and put it into a real-world context. You can find out further information by emailing Dr Drew Gray drew.gray@northampton.ac.uk

  • Jessica Lambert - History student

    Here is what Jessica says about her time here:

    “After visiting on an open day, I fell in love with the University in all aspects: the lecturers, the location, the campus, and course content, I truly could not have found a better place to study.

    “Studying at the University of Northampton has had a great influence on my personal development in terms of building my confidence and allowing me to explore the areas of history I am most passionate about.”

  • Gemma - History student

    “While other universities have just modern history modules, Northampton offered a choice of modules not solely related to England.

    “My studies have taught me organisational, analytical, speaking and written skills that will help me in my future jobs and I’ve also learnt how to prioritise and manage my work efficiently. The lecturers are knowledgeable and friendly and the modules are intellectually stimulating. It has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

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