Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VV15
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
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 2020

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. You'll also develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour across time and place.

In history, you'll study past societies from the late Roman through to the modern period, and explore political, social and cultural themes. You'll be engaged in real research from the very beginning of your course, learning to exercise independent judgement, to be critical of accepted opinion and to present your arguments effectively. We keep our seminar groups small because we want to make sure everyone takes part in the discussion.

In philosophy, you'll study the essential cornerstones of the subject (including philosophy of language, ethics, metaphysics and logic) alongside specialist modules. Topics range from philosophy of education, law or medicine, to film and philosophy, or feminism. You'll also study the history of the subject from Plato to the French existentialists.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the Department of Philosophy and the Department of History. Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, which means you can pursue and develop your own interests. At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both departments.

You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between philosophy and history or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

Throughout your degree, you'll be studying in an environment dedicated to high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and innovative public engagement. Outside of your degree, there are many ways to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties. For example, our award-winning student-led volunteering project Philosophy in the City introduces school children to philosophical ideas they can apply to everyday life.

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
  • 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 C/4; 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

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

Work experience

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 organisation Philosophy in the City, which introduces school children to philosophical ideas they can apply to everyday life. 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, Singapore and throughout Europe.

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