Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VL13
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Sociology 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

By studying both history and sociology, you'll develop an understanding of past societies and patterns of social change.

History modules 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.

Sociology modules cover the fundamentals of sociological analysis. Subjects include crime and deviance, religion and belief, migration, surveillance, race and racism and new genetics. You will also learn research and information retrieval techniques.

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 typically including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, typically including History + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 5 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 B 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
  • 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
  • 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

Department of Sociological Studies website

First year

Core modules:

History Workshop
Classical Sociological Theory
Exploring Classical Social Thought Seminars
Introduction to Social Research
The Sociological Imagination Seminar
The Sociology of Everyday Life

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The Disenchantment of Early Modern Europe
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of the United Kingdom, 1800 to the Present
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Globalisation and World Cultures
Introducing Criminology
Social Divisions Seminar
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

Second year

Core modules:

Historians and History
Sociological Theory and Analysis

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Appeasement, the Munich Crisis and the British People
Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Culture in Early Modern Europe
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
Digital Media and Social Change
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
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
Men, Feminism and Gender relations
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Race, Immigration & Multiculturalism
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
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Sociology of Work
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of the Media
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)
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Trumpism: An American Biography
Two Germanys, `One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation
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
Digital Health
Digital Identities
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
Extended Essay in Sociology
Extended Essay in Sociology
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
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
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
Organised Crime & Illicit Markets
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Perspectives on inequalities
Protest, Movements and Social Change
Queer Theory and the Media
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Short Dissertation
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Southern Childhoods: Rights, Policies and Practices
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 Sociology of Surveillance
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The Uses of History
The Value of Sociology
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity I
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity II
What it means to be human
Whiteness, Power and Privilege

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.

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

Department of Sociological Studies

You'll learn about key concepts like community, identity and welfare. Our degrees explore important sociological issues including crime, migration, gender and poverty.

Our world-leading research shapes our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our interdisciplinary approach brings sociologists, social policy analysts and social workers together under one roof.

Our staff are experts in their field and work with organisations in the UK and worldwide, bringing fresh perspectives to your studies. They'll give you the advice and support you need to excel in your subject. There are around 130 places available on our courses.

Department staff also play key roles in the Faculty of Social Science's Digital Society Network (DSN), an active group of researchers working on all aspects of digital-society relations. The DSN hosts events and activities to stimulate and support research in this area.

Our courses develop students who are socially aware, with strong analytical skills and a flair for approaching problems in new ways. You'll become skilled at research and bring your own insights to key issues that affect our lives. In your third year, specialist modules allow you to investigate current thinking on a wide range of topics. You'll learn about the latest research from subject experts and explore your ideas in workshop-style sessions.

Department of Sociological 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
History

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