Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code V100
Duration 3 years
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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

Top 5 in the UK for History
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

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

Course description

We cover past societies, from the late Roman through to the modern period, addressing political, social and cultural themes in history. You'll learn to exercise independent judgement, to be critical of accepted opinion and to present your arguments effectively.

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, typically including an A in History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, typically including an A in History + B in a relevant EPQ.
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DD in a relevant subject, typically in combination with grade A in A Level History
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2, typically including D3 in History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + typically an A in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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 Early Modern Europe
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of the United Kingdom, 1800 to the Present

Second year

Core modules:

Historians and History
Writing History

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Appeasement, the Munich Crisis and the British People
Culture in Early Modern Europe
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
Empire, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Europe
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
From the Pharaohs to Alexander the Great: The Battle for the Ancient World
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Revolution, Reform and Crusade in 11th-c. Europe
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Social Crisis and Political Change in England, 1550-1640
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Irish Republican Brotherhood, 1858-85
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Medieval Inquisition
The Myth of Venice
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
Trumpism: An American Biography
Two Germanys, `One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990

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
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Ending the Cold War
Ending the Cold War
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Money, Power and Society
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 I
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 II
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry I
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry II
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity I
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity II

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

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 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

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


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."

You can study courses with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you’ll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

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Email history@sheffield.ac.uk

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