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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Department of History
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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

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
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
  • 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

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
Land of Liberty? Rights in the USA, 1776-2016
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
The Making of the Twentieth Century
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Globalisation and World Cultures
Introducing Criminology
Introduction to Media and Communication in Society
Living with Science and Technology
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
Asian Britain: Travel, Migration, Diaspora
Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
Digital Media and Social Change
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
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
Global Perspectives on Family Change and Continuity
Holy Russia, Soviet Empire: Nation, Religion, and Identity in the 20th Century
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Life Worth Living
Men, Feminism and Gender relations
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Sociology of Media and Consumer Culture
Sociology of Work
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
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Trumpism: An American Biography
Understanding 'Race' and Migration
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats and Revolutionaries 1830-1886
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Capitalism and Identity in 19th-century Britain
Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74
Popes, Caliphs, Emperors, 1095-1229
Slavery in the American South, 1789-
The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1651
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The World of Intoxicants in Early Modern England
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
A Comparative History of Revolution
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Digital Health
Digital Identities
Extended Essay in Sociology
Extended Essay in Sociology
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Organised Crime & Illicit Markets
Perspectives on inequalities
Protest, Movements and Social Change
Queer Theory and the Media
Short Dissertation
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
The Family
The Sociology of Surveillance
The Uses of History
The Value of Sociology
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

As a History student at Sheffield, you'll develop your understanding of the past in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our internationally renowned tutors offer modules spanning four thousand years and criss-crossing continents - allowing you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the ancient period to the modern day and across the globe.

You can tailor your course to suit you, discovering the areas of History that most inspire you most while preparing for the future you want with opportunities like studying abroad, work placements and volunteering.

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

Our History graduates are highly skilled in research, critical reasoning and communication. You'll be able to think and write coherently, to put specific matters in a broader context, and to summarise complex ideas in a discerning and creative way.

Our graduates have gone on to become successful lawyers, marketing executives, civil servants, accountants, management consultants, university lecturers, archivists, librarians and workers in museums, tourism and the heritage industry.

So, however you choose to use your degree, the combination of academic excellence and personal skills developed and demonstrated on your course will make you stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate world.

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

There are lots of opportunities to get work experience, with hands-on projects integrated into several of our academic modules.

Alternatively, you can undertake a placement with a heritage or culture organisation, or join our student-led volunteering organisations History in the City and take part in activities that bring history to new audiences within the local. All of these experiences will help you build a compelling CV.

You can also study our 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.

Study abroad
There are opportunities to study abroad for a semester or a year, as part of a three or four-year degree programme. We have exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore and throughout Europe.

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