BA History

UCAS codeV102
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32
DisciplineHistory
Location Cornwall (Penryn Campus)

Overview

Our Single Honours History programme in Cornwall offers a traditional basis in British, European and world history, with particularly strong and innovative practices in the latter. We place particular emphasis on using history to understand the challenges posed by globalisation, ethnic conflict and scientific and environmental change.

Equally exciting is our commitment to public history, which gives you the chance to carry out work experience within museums, galleries and similar organisations. You may be working on your own or as part of a team; either way, you will develop skills and gain experience which will help you to compete in today’s competitive graduate job market. Work experience may involve activities such as researching and preparing materials for a museum exhibition; documenting and researching collections of photographs, maps, costumes or military memorabilia; writing short magazine articles; or recording oral histories.

As with History at the Streatham Campus, research is integral to all our work, and members of staff are nationally and internationally recognised for their research activities. You will directly benefit from this as our research influences the teaching on our undergraduate programmes. Our expertise is concentrated in the modern period, approximately from 1600 to the present, incorporating social and cultural history, international and economic history and many geographical areas, including the Far and Middle East, Europe and Britain and the Americas. As you might expect from a programme based in Cornwall, we reflect environmental and ecological approaches to history in our teaching as well as the more traditional cultural, political, social and economic aspects.

Programme variations

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The History degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of historical theory, concepts and periods. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
HIC1000History Foundation Course 30
HIC1200Public History I 30
HIC1300World History 1: Globalization 15
HIC1301World History 2: Science, Environment and Sustainability 15
HIC1600People's History 1: Everyday Life15
HIC1601People's History 2: Politics, Place and Identity15

Year 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of History knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
HIC2001Doing History: Perspectives on Sources OR30
HIC2200Public History Project 30

Optional modules

CodeModuleCredits
History - 3 X 30 credit modules
HIC2001Doing History: Perspectives on Sources30
HIC2200Public History Project30
HIC2302Development and Underdevelopment: Less Developed Countries Since 194530
HIC2316The Occult in Victorian Britain15
HIC2321Militarism, Authoritarianism and Modernisation: Japan from 1800 to 194515
HIC2323Early Modern England 1500-1700 - A Social History15
HIC2324Organised Crime in USA15
HIC2330Past Actions, Present Woes, Future Possibilities: History in the Anthropocene30
HIC2331Birth of Modern America: The USA 1865-194115

Year 3

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
HIC3040Dissertation30

Optional modules

CodeModuleCredits
HIC3300Britain and the Telecommunications Revolution30
HIC3301The First World War: Interrogating the Myths30
HIC3303The Three Klans: Ethno-Politics in the 19th and 20th Century US30
HIC3306Thatcher and Thatcherism30
HIC3311Indigenous History, Colonialism and Identity in Western Canada30
HIC3508Celtic Politics since 1880: 4 Celtic Nations30

Entry requirements 2015

Typical offer

AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We teach via a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as self-directed learning. Students are also encouraged to use the wide range of web-based course material that we make available. In the first two years, we place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups, which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the third year there are few formal lectures and much of your learning is through seminars, in which the usual format consists of students presenting reports followed by class discussion. You will also carry out a piece of research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under the close supervision of a member of staff with similar research interests.

The ambience of the department is one of informality. Members of the teaching staff either maintain an open-door policy for student enquiries, or have a regular set of times when they can be consulted. On day one, you are allocated a personal tutor who acts as a mentor on academic work, as well as sources of advice for accessing wider Student Services.

Assessment

Assessment is via a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations, group project work and a dissertation.

Study abroad

A four year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree programme is available. A full year abroad, at one of our renowned partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of a four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four year 'with Study Abroad' programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at the University of Exeter.

Careers

Our History graduates have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Six months after graduation 90.9%* of our History graduates are employed or in further study.

Studying History at the University of Exeter provides you with skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers.

Alongside in-depth subject knowledge you’ll develop skills in researching; analysing and assessing sources; written and verbal communication; managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. In addition you will learn how to manage your time and meet tight deadlines.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including heritage and museum work, education, the media, law, government administration and business.

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2010/11.

Opportunities

Teamwork skills

During Freshers’ Week the History department offers activities to help you develop your teamwork skills.

First World War school workshops

There are opportunities to develop your employability skills through the curriculum. For example, First World War school workshops are delivered by students from our Cornwall Campus. Creativity, teamwork, independent thinking, communication and analytical skills are all enhanced through this exercise.

Work experience

There are a host of opportunities to undertake voluntary work or work placements directly related to your degree programme. Students have previously gained experience with the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall; Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter and Truro Cathedral.

Career Zone

Our Career Zone provides the support you need to prepare for your future career. You can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: hums-ugadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Email: cornwall@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the History website