Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RV71
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Russian and Slavonic Studies History

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Undergraduate Admissions Manager
Department of History
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2552

Department of History

Top 10 in the UK for History
The Times Good University Guide 2018

3rd best History department in the UK for world-leading research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Taught in partnership with the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies. Optional modules focus on the culture and history of Russia. In your third year you go overseas, spending at least one semester at a Russian university.

There's a roughly equal balance between the two subjects. In the history part of your degree, you'll cover past societies from the late Roman to the modern period. About a third of your Russian studies are devoted to working on your written and spoken Russian.

You'll take either a beginners or an advanced course in Russian, depending on your qualifications. You can also study up to three Slavonic languages.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33 including Higher Level History and typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including History and typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B including History and typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Applicants with prior knowledge of or a previous qualification in Russian are welcome to apply, the course will be tailored to meet your needs
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 30%
Coursework 47%
Practical 23%

Department of History

Study with us and you'll get a taste of hands-on history, with practical experience and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

Our courses are about opening your eyes to the world and all its possibilities. Whatever your chosen career, we can help you to develop the intellectual skills you'll need to succeed.

There's a maximum of 12 people in your seminars during the first year- so you'll get to share ideas in a close and supportive environment. When it comes to doing your dissertation, you'll have individual support from one of your tutors. You'll build a close working relationship with your personal tutor who will help you to settle in and reach your full potential.

Department of History website

Russian Studies

Jessop West building

We're a vibrant, sociable department with a strong sense of community. You'll learn in small groups and quickly get to know your tutors.

All our language modules are taught by professional language instructors, many of them native speakers.

We host lectures by visiting speakers, screen East European film classics, and have active student-run societies.

Russian Studies website

What our graduates do

History graduates are highly skilled and readily employable. Our students become history teachers, accountants and consultants, civil servants, lawyers, museum curators, archivists and journalists. Many also continue to masters or doctorate level.

Companies that have employed our graduates include Accenture, Ernst and Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DLA Piper. You'll also find our graduates in organisations ranging from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Imperial War Museum and the National Archives, to BBC online and The Guardian.

Student profile

"I came on an Open Day and fell in love with this University and Sheffield. This department is always quite good in the league tables so it's a great place to do history."

Sarah Bramham

"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion

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