Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VL12
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Politics 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

Contemporary politics and political theory, particularly in Britain and Europe, complemented by the study of social and cultural themes in history. The focus is on modern history and politics, but you can choose modules on earlier periods.

First-year modules include: Introduction to Political Analysis, Comparing Modern Polities, The Globalisation of World Politics and Paths from Antiquity to Modernity. In the second and third years you can take optional modules in areas that interest you. There's also a project module.

Throughout the three years, you'll write reports and essays, give presentations and work on projects.

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 AAB including an A in History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including A in History or Classical Civilisation or ABB including an A in History and 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 + A 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
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • 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.

You can find out more by:

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 11%
Independent study 89%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 27%
Coursework 69%
Practical 4%

Department of History

We are the 3rd best History department in the UK for world-leading research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Our research is world-class, wide-ranging and innovative. But what really sets Sheffield apart is our passion for public engagement. Finding new ways for people to access historical research is vitally important to us.

You'll work with award-winning academics on projects outside the lecture room to bring history to life. From an online history blog, New Histories - run entirely by students - to WikiAmerica, the history of America all in one place. Our students are passionate about what they do and it shows. You can also learn the craft of the historian on our History Workshop module. You'll work closely with one of our academics on real-life research, giving you an insight into what historians actually do..

Department of History website

Department of Politics

Sheffield is simply one of the best places in the UK to study politics. The Times University Guide 2016 puts us in the top five.

The high profile Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is based here. So is the Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics.

Our 43 academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research. Their research shapes nand inspires what you're taught, so what you learn is relevant today and tomorrow. You'll be taught by inspirational award-winning lecturers, who bring passion to their teaching. By studying with us you'll develop the intellectual, professional and personal skills you need to excel in your chosen career.

Our teaching style brings politics to life, bridging the gap between theory and practice. We launched an undergraduate module that's formally accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons. It was the first of its kind in the UK and has since been rolled out all over the world.

Department of Politics 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, both history-specific and more widely transferable.

Our graduates become history teachers, accountants and consultants, civil servants, lawyers, museum curators, and archivists or journalists. Many also continue to masters or doctorate level.

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


"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
History



"The most exciting thing I've learnt about so far was where we did a module which compared the political systems of the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and Brazil."

Jonathan Guy
Department of Politics

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Department of History
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Email history@sheffield.ac.uk

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