Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VV15
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects History Philosophy

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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

A knowledge of philosophy can make you a very effective student of history, and your history modules will help you to understand the context of some of the great works of philosophy.

Each year, roughly half your modules will be in philosophy, and the other half in history. In both subjects, you'll be encouraged to introduce discussions at regular seminars. You're also welcome at research seminars, when visiting philosophers and historians discuss issues at the forefront of research.

The philosophy part of the course is unusually flexible. There are no compulsory modules, so you can shape your own course. In history, you'll take one compulsory module each year. The rest of the time you're free to choose from a long list of topics.

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.

The Department of Philosophy offers modules in all the key areas, including ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic. We also teach courses on major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel.

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 + Extended Project Qualification ABB typically including A in History + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject typically in combination with A in A Level History
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 typically including D3 in History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A typically 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
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 16%
Independent study 84%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 52%
Coursework 43%
Practical 5%

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 Philosophy

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our modules and the high quality of our teaching. Our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

Our staff and students use philosophy to engage with real world issues. You will be able to use what you learn to make a difference in the community, through projects like Philosophy in the City, an innovative and award-winning programme that enables students to teach philosophy in schools, homeless shelters and centres for the elderly. Out students run a thriving Philosophy Society and the only UK undergraduate philosophy journal. Our Centre for Engaged Philosophy pursues research into questions of fundamental political and social importance, from criminal justice and social inclusion to climate ethics, all topics that are covered in our teaching. Philosophy changes our perspective on the world, and equips and motivates us to make a difference.

Department of Philosophy 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



"Sheffield's fantastic because the lectures are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures.""

Emma Shepherd
Philosophy

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