History BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BA: V100
    BA with Foundation:

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 23/24:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credits)
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Full Time: £14,750
    Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750

  • Location:


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Studying BA History at UON will allow you to gain an excellent understanding of how historical events have shaped the contemporary world, as well as to develop key skills which are valued by diverse employers.

Our BA History degree is delivered by a friendly group of deeply knowledgeable staff whose expertise encompasses the history of politics, warfare, society, culture, economics, religion, class, age, race, medicine, crime, gender, emotions and sexualities. Students study the distant and recent past, local communities and global networks, learning how to compare societies across time and space, but also how to engage critically with evidence and the arguments of other historians. UON History graduates emerge from their studies as intellectually enriched individuals who pursue interesting and rewarding careers.

Updated 14/11/2022


  • Study the histories of Britain, Europe, the USA and global empires from the Middle Ages through the Early Modern period up to the 21st Century.
  • Choose from modules on political, social, cultural and economic history which focus on class, gender, race, crime, medicine and emotions.
  • Undertake a heritage-focused project with a professional client to develop skills in digital literacy and critical thinking which employers value highly.
  • Engage directly with historical texts, images and objects to produce your own piece of original research on a topic of your choosing.
  • Work with staff whose research and teaching demonstrates why knowledge of the past is vital to understanding the contemporary world.
  • Access close to hand collections in the unique Searchlight Archive, the Northampton Record Office, and the National Museum of Leathercraft.
  • Follow us on Twitter at @HistoriansUON or visit our blog site for more updates from the History team at UON.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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Studying History in Northampton

The University of Northampton is a fantastic place to study for a History degree, located near the heart of a diverse, historic market town in a county which witnessed key historical events including the trial of Thomas Becket and the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

Studying for a BA in History in Northampton involves daily physical contact with the past in the form of medieval churches, Tudor townhouses, a listed Victorian Guildhall, the National Museum of Leathercraft, and a local record office with primary sources dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The Searchlight Archive, a rich collection of materials related to twentieth-century social and political history, is housed at UON, while the civil war battle-site of Naseby and numerous country houses are within easy reach of campus. For those wishing to explore historical sites further afield, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester and London are within easy reach by public transport.

Course Content

  • All History BA modules at UON are constructed by experts in their respective fields who produce important books and peer-reviewed journal articles, appear on TV and radio shows, write for publications such as the BBC History Magazine, and act as expert advisors to government and heritage groups.

    During your degree, they will help you develop valuable skills in communication and analysis by working with online datasets, investigating historical texts, objects and images, and engaging with arguments put forward by leading historians. The History team are a small, friendly group who care about the quality of your experience, learning journey and destination in the workplace. The lecturers are there for you if you need support and will empower you to develop into independent learners who can thrive in the workplace.

    Year 1

    In the first year of your History degree, you learn about the study of history as an academic discipline and gain the key skills you need to complete assignments.  Medieval and Early Modern history are core parts of the degree, and those intrigued by the distant past can study major events and processes which occurred between the late Middle Ages and the Enlightenment. North American history is covered in depth too, enabling students to explore the rise of the USA as a global superpower. Those fascinated by Modern history can study warfare and diplomacy in nineteenth-century Europe as well as the Holocaust and its legacies, while those interested in the History of Medicine can investigate attitudes to and experiences of disease and disability from the ancient world to the early twentieth century.

    Year 2

    In your second year, you study topics which align with staff research interests, as well as gain opportunities to develop skills for use during your degree and after you graduate. Students study medieval chivalry, crime and the law in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, family relations between the Tudor and Georgian eras, the lives of the poor in eighteenth-century and nineteenth century Britain, the First World War, twentieth and twenty-first century communism, and the legacies of European imperialism. Staff provide guidance on how to prepare for final year research projects, and there are opportunities to undertake work-based learning projects.

    Year 3

    In your History BA final year, under the supervision of a lecturer, you spend up to a third of your time developing a research project on a topic of your choosing. As in the second year, students choose from various modules which focus on topics such as the Wars of the Roses, British military intelligence between the Elizabethan age and the Second World War, Georgian country houses, fascism and the far right, working lives of early modern women, the East End of London at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders, citizenship and gender in Victorian Britain, and attitudes to death and bereavement between the late Middle Ages and the First World War.

    Teaching and Assessments to build your skills for the future

    Throughout your History degree, you are encouraged to build and develop your skills for the future, and our students go on to have a wide range of interesting careers. This includes a focus on digital literacy skills, such as creating blogs, podcasts and recorded presentations, as well as working with groups, researching and writing detailed essays, working to deadlines and becoming a subject specialist in an area that interests you. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project for a library, archive or heritage organisation. By the end of your degree at UON, you will be prepared for the graduate job market or future study.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • 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: 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: HIS1028
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the history of the United States through the interaction of war and society. The student will thus gain an understanding of the interplay between conflict, ideologies, and societal development prior to, during, and after the foundation of the Republic. This will be executed in a series of segments in chronological sequence.
      • Module code: HIS1029
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the key cultural, religious, economic and political developments which occurred in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries. Students will engage with ongoing historiographical debates about the early modern period and will investigate various forms of surviving textual and visual evidence.
      • Module code: HIS1030
        Status: Designate
        This module will introduce students to the main developments of the Holocaust, and will allow them to contextualise genocide in a wider historical awareness of race and politics in Europe. It will explore the ways the Holocaust unfolded in different parts of the continent, and will critically examine how forms of genocide impacted on a range of target communities. It develops a critical understanding of important historiographical debates, and source analysis skills.
      • Module code: HIS1032
        Status: Designate
        This module will introduce students to how British politics and society developed after the end of the Second World War, and the historical debates surrounding these developments. It will explore how and why ideas and experiences of class, gender, sexuality and race altered in relation to the broader political and social changes in Britain during this period. Students will develop the ability to engage critically with important historiographical debates, and to analyse both diverse kinds of primary sources.
      • 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: 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: 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: HIS2034
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the lives, and perceptions, of poorer people during a critical period of substantial social and cultural change. Using a digital microhistory approach, this module investigates why, and how, people experienced poverty. Student will learn how to approach the subjects of poverty and socio-economic deprivation, marginalization and health inequalities.
      • Module code: HIS2035
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to help students understand the nature of global and international history and to build an awareness of the contours and contexts of imperialism and colonialism both in history and in the way they shape contemporary society and culture.
      • Module code: HIS2037
        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: HIS2038
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with opportunities to develop research and analysis skills by undertaking a problem-solving project for a specific partner. Using traditional and digital media, students will be required to communicate their findings to non-historians, demonstrating transferable skills of use in various graduate-level careers and postgraduate study.
      • 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: HIS3022
        Status: Designate
      • 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: 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: HIS3037
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to study a period of transition between the York and Tudor dynasties. Students will gain knowledge of various primary sources, engage with a sophisticated historiography, and consider how the Wars of the Roses have been portrayed since the time of Shakespeare.
      • Module code: HIS3038
        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: HIS3040
        Status: Designate
        This module draws on recent debates in the study of fascism to explore a wide variety of movements that have developed variants of `fascist culture? in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It will allow students to critically assess the ways in which political cultures can be identified and analysed as specifically `fascist? based on academic debates, introduce them to a range of taxonomic languages, and explore the topic through a series of case studies.
      • 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.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be around BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    For 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.

  • 2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
    Additional Costs

    Those studying BA History at the University of Northampton will have opportunities to join a range of fascinating study trips, which in recent years have included a Jack the Ripper tour in the East End of London, as well as 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, with costs varying depending on where you book them from.

    2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £14,000
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional Costs

    While studying for your History degree at UON, you will have opportunities to join a range of fascinating study trips, which in recent years have included a Jack the Ripper tour in the East End of London, as well as 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, with costs varying depending on where you book them from.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time History degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page.

  • 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.

    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.

  • During your second year of the History BA, you will have an opportunity to develop your analysis and communication skills by undertaking a work-focused research project connected to an archive, library or heritage organisation through a dedicated work-based learning module. This is designed to help you develop into a work-ready graduate, and will enable you to:

    • Understand the graduate job market, and the many strengths employers see in History graduates.
    • Design and manage a project to meet a specific brief.
    • Report to a line manager regularly with clear updates of progress.
    • Work as part of a team by overcoming problems and challenges.
    • Present and showcase a project to professionals.
    • Network with industry figures.

    We also have links with many local and regional employers, especially those linked to the heritage sector. In recent years, our students have undertaken projects for:

    • The Archives of the British Racing Drivers’ Club
    • Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme
    • The Historic Archives, Northampton General Hospital
    • Northamptonshire Records Office
    • Museum of Leathercraft

    We also work closely with the university’s Changemaker Hub, which have a wide range of links with local and national graduate employment opportunities and run regular events on campus for students.

  • How will I be taught throughout the History degree?

    During your studies, you will have regular opportunities to discuss theories about the past and examine historical evidence. Most modules are taught in weekly four-hour blocks which allow time to explore complex topics in significant depth, as well as to ask questions of the experts who lead classes.

    Typical debates you engage with include whether there was a Scientific Revolution in the seventeenth century, did the law discriminate against women in the eighteenth century, what were the causes of the First World War, and how should western societies respond to calls for reparations from former colonies?

    To answer these sorts of questions throughout your BA in History, you’ll examine autobiographies, diaries, letters, conduct manuals, newspapers, portraits, charters, pamphlets, legal and medical records, and objects such as eighteenth-century shoes, in the classroom and during field-trips, but also read, discuss and engage in constructive dialogue with the arguments of other historians.

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    In the first and second years (levels 4-5) a third of your time (12 hours per week) will be spent in class, allowing you regular face-to-face contact with lecturers so that you can explore ideas and ask questions.

    These contact hours are supplemented by 24 hours of independent study, and there are opportunities to meet regularly with your personal tutor if you need academic and pastoral support.  Modules last for one semester, and students take 60 credits (usually three modules) in each.

    In the third year (level 6), you spend 8 hours per week in class (two modules per semester) to allow you time to work on your research project, but there are opportunities to take one-to-one tutorials with lecturers too, and you retain the support of your personal tutor.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessments on this History degree enable students to display their knowledge of historical processes and events, and to demonstrate how they can use evidence to communicate their ideas about the past. Short essays are a key form of assessment, but students also communicate what they have learned through blogs, posters and podcasts.

    History lecturers at UON want students to treat assessments as exciting opportunities to display their knowledge and offer guidance on how to structure and what to include in assignments, as well as extensive feedback once work has been completed.

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