Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code V100
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
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 2020

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
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + typically 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 4/C; 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:

American History: From Settlements to Superpower
Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
The Making of the Twentieth Century

Second year

Core modules:

Historians and History
Writing History

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Asian Britain: Travel, Migration, Diaspora
Barcelona and the 'Tragic Week'
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain, 1850 to Present
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Holy Russia, Soviet Empire: Nation, Religion, and Identity in the 20th Century
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Jane Groom's 'Extraordinary Scheme': Disability and the body in the Transatlantic World c. 1800-1900
Life Worth Living
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Easter Rising: Living, Fighting and Dying in 1916
The Export of England: Seventeenth Century Trade and Empire
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The Gunpowder Plot
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Medieval Inquisition
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
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
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
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
Capitalism and Identity in 19th-century Britain (1)
Capitalism and Identity in 19th-century Britain (2)
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain
Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 I
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 II
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000.
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000.
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Popes, Caliphs, Emperors, 1095-1229 (1)
Popes, Caliphs, Emperors, 1095-1229 (2)
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1651 (A)
The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1651 (B)
The Family
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry I
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry II
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The World of Intoxicants in Early Modern England (1)
The World of Intoxicants in Early Modern England (2)
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

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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