Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code V100
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects History

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Undergraduate Admissions Manager
Department of History
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2552
Email history@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/history/study/ba

Department of History

94% student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

Top 3 in the Russell Group for small group teaching
National Student Survey 2016

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

Course description

Studying history at Sheffield gives you the opportunity to investigate the past across wide stretches of time and space, from the ancient world right through to contemporary society.

Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, so you can pursue and develop your own interests. At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from, taught by our world-leading experts.

Our coherent programme is designed to equip you with the analytical and practical skills and methods needed for historical research and a successful future. We keep our seminar groups small, to ensure everyone can get involved.

Research is central to the student experience here in Sheffield. All our teaching is informed by the latest findings, and all our history students have the chance to carry out their own research project as part of their degree.

We help all our students to excel. Everyone is assigned a personal tutor for guidance and support.

Modules: what you study and when

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 AAB including an A in History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including an A in History + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject. An additional History qualification may be required
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including D3 in History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including History or Classical Civilisation
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of History website

First year

Core modules:

History Workshop
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
The Disenchantment of the European World
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of Britain, 1800 to the Present

Second year

Core modules:

Course Assignment
Historians and History

Optional modules:

The History of Terrorism
1066 and all that - the Norman Conquest of England
A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Appeasement, the Munich Crisis and the British People
Becoming America, 1690-1763
Building Borders, Creating Conflicts: Asia after 1945
Coercion and Consent in the Third Reich
Decolonisation
Empires and revolutions in continental Europe, 1905-1923
European Fascism
France 1814-1889 Nation Building and Social Transformation
Gender and Sexuality on Modern Britain, 1850 to the Present
Gender, Culture and Society in Britain 1650-1850
Global South Asians: Travel, Migration and Diaspora, 1850-1950
Holy Russia, Soviet Empire: Nation, Religion, and Identity in the 20th Century
Media and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century Britain
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Power and Protest in Late Medieval England, 1348-1509
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
The Age of the Vikings
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Digital Lives of London Criminals, 1750-1850
The Export of England: Seventeenth Century Trade and Empire
The Fall of the Roman Empire in the West
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Medieval Inquisition
The Myth of Venice
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
The Roman Republic and the making of Roman Italy (c.500-90 BCE)
The Salem Witchcraft Trials
The Ten Commandments
The Welfare State in Britain, 1900-2015.
Tolerance and Dissent in Europe (12th - 16th Centuries)
Trumpism: An American Biography
Two Germanys, `One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990
Understanding the Aztecs: Life and Death in Early Sixteenth-Century Mexico
Warriors, Saints and Heroes in Early Medieval Britain

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation
The Uses of History

Optional modules:

A Comparative History of Revolution
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence I
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence II
Assembling consent: ritual and making the medieval world, 1050-1250
Assembling consent: ritual and making the medieval world, 1050-1250
Berlin in the Twentieth Century
Berlin in the Twentieth Century
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cities
Cultural Encounters
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Fugitive culture: Artists, scholars, and political activists in exile, 1917-1945
Fugitive culture: Artists, scholars, and political activists in exile, 1917-1945
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000.
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000.
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Money, Power and Society
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Protest and Democracy in Postwar Europe
Protest and Democracy in Postwar Europe
Radical Kingdom? Radicalism in the UK, 1832-1886
Radical Kingdom? Radicalism in the UK, 1832-1886
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The Paris Commune I
The Paris Commune II
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 I
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 II
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity I
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity II
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950

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 course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 32%
Coursework 58%
Practical 9%

Department of History

The Department of History in Sheffield is one of the UK's best for the quality of its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

But what really sets Sheffield apart is our commitment to the student learning experience. Our external assessors commend our degree programmes as coherent, flexible and satisfying, and we support our students to excel in historical argument and research.

Whatever your degree, you'll meet our award-winning historians from day one, and have an exciting range of opportunities to research, discuss and debate history.

Department of History website

What our graduates do

History graduates are highly skilled and readily employable. Through our degrees, you will develop and refine a wide range of skills that are in high demand outside the classroom as well as invaluable within it.

Our graduates have become lawyers, teachers, accountants, civil servants, heritage consultants, archivists, entrepreneurs and journalists. Many also continue to masters or doctoral degrees.

Companies that have employed our graduates include Accenture, EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DLA Piper. You'll 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


Brittany Hanlon discusses the Special Subject module in the final year: "What I liked best about the Special Subject is the fact that it gives you an opportunity to explore a fascinating area of history in far more depth and detail. You'll develop your confidence as a historian and your ability to think critically."

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