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History

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

104-120

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

History

Our undergraduate BA History degree offers you a huge range of history modules, stretching around the world and across thousands of years. The degree combines this wide choice with a carefully structured framework which will help you to build your skills as a historian year on year.

Our expertise underpins our teaching. We are one of the very few history departments in the UK to include archaeologists, classicists and historians working on every period from prehistoric humans to Ancient Greece to medieval, early modern and modern societies. Our expertise encompasses much of the globe, with over 40 specialists in, for example, Ancient Rome, medieval Byzantium, colonial India and modern China, as well as Tudor London, Nazi Germany, and much more. You will be able to pursue interests in British, European and global history, and explore themes within histories of ‘race’, migration, gender and sexuality.

The BA History gives you the opportunity to acquire analytical skills and critical approaches that will enable you to assess historical evidence for yourself and question accepted wisdom about the past. You will enhance your career prospects by developing the ability to formulate and communicate your own ideas effectively. We help you to develop these skills systematically through three 'How to' modules which form the backbone of the degree. For these modules you will join other students and experienced historians to explore the study of the past together.

‘The historian's task is not simply to discover the past but to explain it, and in doing so to provide a link with the present.’ (Professor Eric Hobsbawm, former Birkbeck historian)

**Highlights**

- We are an international centre of excellence. Since 2001 we have consistently been in the top ten departments evaluated by the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

- Situated in historic Bloomsbury, we are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. Situated very close by are: the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Classical Studies, with their specialist libraries, training facilities and seminars; the British Museum and other world-class galleries and museums; and the British Library, the largest national library in the world.

- The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

- Get a flavour of the Department through the wide range of free online and in-person seminars, workshops and tasters; check out our Discover the Past and Taster programmes as well as events at the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a leading centre for public history which the Department co-directs.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Examinations taken at the end of each academic year (May and June), coursework (submitted in autumn and spring terms), and a dissertation written in the final year (submitted in spring term).

Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

History, Classics and Archaeology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
med
History

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

History and archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

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£24k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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