BA History with Study Abroad
|Typical offer||AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM|
|Location||Cornwall (Penryn Campus)|
Choosing to study history at our state-of-the-art eco campus in Cornwall is the first step on a journey through the human race in historic times: our activities, ideas, creations, institutions and impact. We want students who are fascinated by the past because we don’t just teach history, we train historians. We believe the best way to understand the present society we live in is to examine the past to uncover the changes in societies, conflict, culture, religion, politics and science that led us to where we are today.
Set in 100 acres of countryside and located close to the coastal town of Falmouth, this flexible course introduces you to centuries of history from the early Medieval period to the 21st century. Our modern department also has specific expertise in Cornish history, culture, memory and heritage, oral history, party politics, environmentalism and environmental politics, modern conflict, imperialism and 19th and 20th century North American History. Students can experience cutting-edge research through current work our expert faculty are undertaking in areas such as the history of Britain, continental Europe and on world and public history. With support from your tutors, you will learn essential skills like source evaluation and interpretation and historical writing to hone your talents as a historian. In the first year, you will cover modules such as The Craft of Writing, Introduction to Human Sciences and World History. In year two, expose the complex history of slavery, organised crime and inter-imperial rivalry in the Middle East. You also have the opportunity to customise the course to suit your needs, by selecting optional modules that you’re passionate about.
The University of Exeter is ranked in the Top 4 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018. In history specifically, we are in the Top 100 worldwide for History and are 8th in the UK for world leading research. You benefit from having the weight of a Russel Group university behind you whilst enjoying an intimate teaching environment that offers close contact between staff and students.
Looking beyond the South West of England, the Study Abroad programme will help to broaden your studies. You will spend your third year at one of our partner institutions based in Canada, the USA, Japan, Australia, France, Spain and the Netherlands to name a few. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities valued by employers.
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.
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.
In the second year you will choose between an independent history research project and a public history project, along with a range of optional modules that will deepen your knowledge of historical debates, giving you greater confidence in handling source materials and broadening the range of your studies. Optional modules cover topics as wide-ranging as the Middle East, the occult, imperialism, radical politics, gender and crime.
In your final year you will carry out a research project in the form of a dissertation and choose from an exciting and diverse range of optional modules. These cover an extensive range of topics including the First World War, 19th and 20th century North American history, indigenous history, Celtic politics, telecommunications and environmental politics.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the History website.
Entry requirements 2019
AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
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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 is via a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations, group project work and a dissertation.
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Study Abroad is the opportunity to study at one of our renowned partner universities around the world. Last year over 300 College of Humanities students from all disciplines took advantage of a year abroad in countries across the globe.
All students in Humanities can choose to study abroad as part of their degree. The year abroad takes place 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 Exeter.
Why study abroad?
There are many good reasons why students choose a programme with a Study Abroad placement. First and foremost, living and studying in a different country offers exciting new experiences and the chance to broaden one’s horizons, academically and culturally. What’s more, it encourages you to become more self-confident and independent, as well as allowing the chance to specialise in areas that are possibly not available at Exeter. The willingness to adapt to new environments and to face new challenges are just two of the factors that make students with a Study Abroad degree so invaluable to future employers. For these reasons, amongst many others, Study Abroad is an opportunity that should be considered by all Humanities students.
Where can I study abroad?
Students in the College of Humanities are currently able to study abroad at universities in locations such as Canada, the USA, Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Netherlands to name a few. For a full list of the destinations available, please see our 'where can I study abroad' pages.
Find out more
If you have any questions about studying abroad as part of your degree, you can contact our Study Abroad team via: firstname.lastname@example.org
History graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market. Six months after graduation 96.3%* 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. Our recent graduates have since secured positions in the Heritage and Arts sector, with organisations such as the National Trust and TVF Media.
Studying in History will also equip you with valuable skills for graduate-level work in other sectors. A degree in History provides good opportunities to develop skills that are attractive to many employers, such team work; problem solving and organisational skills. Our recent History graduates have pursued careers in:
- Retail Management
- Finance and Accounting
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
- MA Conflict, Security and Development
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MA English Literary Studies
- MA History
- MSC International Management
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where 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.
*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.
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Studying History at Penryn
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