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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) History with Employment Experience Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History with Employment Experience Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS47
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) History with Employment Experience Abroad programme builds on a broad foundation in the first year, to highly specialised work in the final year, including the study of a particular subject in depth. There is a huge amount of module choice covering time periods from the Roman Empire to the 1960s and topics as diverse as the Vikings, early medieval empires, British politics since 1900, women in society, the Norman conquest, magic and witchcraft in early modern Europe and reformation London.

This programme is studied over four years. The first two years and the final year are university-based, and the third year is spent gaining employment experience at a suitable location abroad.

This Employment Experience Abroad variant of the programme is a great way to incorporate graduate-level work placement or placements undertaken outside of the United Kingdom directly into your programme of study, to reflect critically upon these experiences, and for them to count towards the assessment of your degree. There is no better way to gain valuable employment experience that can be rewarded and recognised clearly by future employers. With preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities, including in foreign languages if required, you can also demonstrate adaptability and resourcefulness by organising suitable placements in areas of employment related to your interests and potential future career. This variant of the programme also provides a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness. Experiencing the differences and similarities of education and people in another culture will increase your confidence and broaden the ways in which you see and relate to the world and the world of work.

You are required to find your own placement with suitable employers and organisations with preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities. If you are taking this variant you are strongly encouraged to take HUM2000 or HUM2001 (Humanities in the Workplace) at stage 2 and must participate in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience Abroad.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to develop your competence in the subject-specific and research skills required in History, through extended engagement with primary sources and methodologies, relevant critical material, and theoretical contexts. You will acquire a thorough grounding in the core principles of History through a programme which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex sources and time periods. In History modules, you will progress through study of both broad and detailed focus, analysing particular aspects of the past across a range of time periods and geographical areas. History offers detailed subject knowledge, broad coverage and a wide range of choice.

You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring. You will also be given an opportunity to develop your independent study skills through a piece of individual research.

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in History, or related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject-specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. History, like other programmes offered within the College of Humanities, encourages you to become a global citizen, a productive, useful and questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including consultancy, market research, the Civil Service, education, teaching, new media industries, journalism and publishing, research, charities, information science, advertising and public relations.

It further aims to:

  • Offer an excellent Honours-level education in History.
  • Ensure that graduates from the programme are useful, productive and questioning members of society.
  • Produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of the discipline through a combination of both broad and detailed focuses on particular aspects of the past, study of a range of time periods, and study of different geographical areas; who understand the methods which historians use to study the past; and who can analyse the development of past societies.
  • Develop your competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills.
  • Offer you a wide range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH1400 Making History 15Yes
HIH1401 Approaches to History 15No
HIH1410 Understanding the Medieval and Early-Modern World 30No
HIH1420 Understanding the Modern World 30No
HAS1905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

In stage 1 you are strongly encouraged to use modularity, and take at least 15 credits (up to a maximum of 30 credits) of option modules from outside History.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISS S1 BA SH opt 2022-3
HIH1002 Losing an Empire, Finding a Role: Britain Since 1945 15 No
HIH1042 Murder in Early Modern England 15 No
HIH1051 Everyday Life in the Anglophone Caribbean, c.1900-1966 15 No
HIH1053 Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages 15 No
HIH1408 The Dissolution of the Monasteries 15 No
HIH1506 The First Day of the Somme 15 No
HIH1585 Ladies of the Night: Prostitution in the Victorian World 15 No
HIH1600 Images of Stalinism 15 No
HIH1607 JFK 15 No
HIH1612 Renaissance Florence 1350-1550 15 No
HIH1615 Imperial Science, Race, and Exploration in the Long 19th Century 15 No
HIH1014 The Body in Eighteenth-Century Britain 15 No
HIH1043 The Collapse of Communism in Central-Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union 15 No
HIH1138 Medieval, Manufactured? Uses and Reuses of the Middle Ages 15 No
HIH1411 From Wigan Pier to Piccadilly: Britain between the Wars 15 No
HIH1501 The Viking Phenomenon 15 No
HIH1505 The First Crusade 15 No
HIH1586 Early Modern Venice: Representations and Myths 15 No
HIH1597 Serfdom in Late Medieval England 15 No
HIH1614 Environment and Industry, 1750-1950: Global Perspectives 15 No
HIH1616 Producing Poverty: Peasants in a Global Perspective, 700-1300CE 15 No
HIH1618 Body, Border, Partition: Understanding Violence in South Asia 15 No

Stage 2

60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH2001 Doing History: Perspectives on Sources 30Yes
HIH2002 Uses of the Past 30No
HAS2905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

You must select 30 credits from term 1 modules and 30 credits from term 2 modules. 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISS S2 BA SH opt 2023-4
HIH2218A Religion, Society and Culture in Tudor England 30 No
HIH2208A Medieval Paris 30 No
HIH2111 Mediterranean Maritime Supremacy, 1500-1700 30 No
HIH2185A China in the World, 1500-1840 30 No
HIH2032A Europe 1650-1800: From Enlightenment to Romanticism 30 No
HIH2179A The American Empire 30 No
HIH2592 Science, Empire, and Natural History Museums: A Global Perspective 30 No
HIH2011A Forgetting Fascism, Remembering Communism: Memory in Modern Europe 30 No
HIH2210A The Russian Empire, 1689-1917 30 No
HIH2184A From Conquest to Communism: Central Asia under the Russian and Soviet Empires, 1730-1945 30 No
HIH2019A Science, Technology and Medicine in the Cold War 30 No
HIH2014A Decolonisation and the Collapse of the British Empire, 1919-1968 30 No
HIH2590 An Age of Iron? Europe in the Tenth Century 30 No
HIH2137A Inventing Modern Man: Constructions of Mind, Body, and the Individual, 1400-1800 30 No
HIH2186A Deviants and Dissenters in Early Modern England 30 No
HIH2036A Albion's Fatal Tree: Capital Punishment in England, 1688-1965 30 No
HIH2037 American Frontiers: The West in U.S. History and Mythology 30 No
HIH2588 Empire, Identity and Heritage in South-East Europe and the Middle East (1800-1950) 30 No
HIH2145A Spain from Absolutism to Democracy 30 No
HIH2138A History of Development: Ideologies, Politics, and Projects 30 No
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15 No
THE2224 Modern Jewish History and Thought 30 No
ARA2001 From Holy Text to Sex Manuals in the Medieval Middle East 15 No
ARA2147 Classical Islamic History 15 No
ARA2170 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 15 No
ARA2171 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 30 No
HIH2041 The First Welfare State? England's Poor Law, 1520-1835 30 No
HIH2593 'Undesirables': Migration Mobility and Empire 30 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No

Stage 3

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUM3997 Employment Experience Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4

30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 30 credits of compulsory Comparative modules, 60 Credits of Sources and Context modules

a You must select 30 credits from this list of Comparative History modules.

b You must select a 60 credit History Special Subject.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH3005 General Third-Year Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISS SF BA Comparative 2023-4 [See note a above]
HIH3632 Violence 30 No
HIH3633 Revolutions 30 No
HIH3617 News, Media and Communication 30 No
HIH3634 Race, Resistance, and Decolonisation 30 No
HIH3619 Sexualities 30 No
HIH3626 Heroes: Conceptions, Constructions and Representations 30 No
HIH3628 Civil Wars 30 No
History UG Final Year Special Subjects 2024-5 [See note b above]
HIH3415 Everyday Stalinism: Life in the Soviet Union, 1928-53 60 Yes
HIH3416 Critics of Empire 60 Yes
HIH3417 The Yes, Minister Files: Perspectives on British Government since 1914 60 Yes
HIH3422 Street Protest and Social Movements in the Modern Era 60 Yes
HIH3426 Health and its Politics in the 20th Century 60 Yes
HIH3430 From the Grand Tour to Gladiator: Modern encounters with the ancient world 60 Yes
HIH3433 Beyond Cannibalism: Indigenous Peoples and the European Colonisation of Brazil, 1500-1822 60 Yes
HIH3434 The Body in Early Modern England 60 Yes
HIH3436 Engendering Empire: Making the British Imperial World 60 Yes
HIH3437 Death to the Traitors: Rebellion and Resisting Tyranny in the Middle Ages 60 Yes
HIH3438 The Rise of Capitalism in Britain 1660-1830 60 Yes
HIH3439 Women's Experience in Britain: Race, Class and Gender since 1945 60 Yes
HIH3441 Britons Abroad: The Experience of Travel, c. 1650-1900 60 Yes
HIH3442 From Its Cradle to Its Grave? The National Health Service in Britain, 1948-Present 60 Yes
HIH3444 Them and Us: Imagining the Social "Other" in Britain since the 1880s 60 Yes
HIH3450 Decolonisation and Colonial Conflict 60 Yes
HIH3451 Borders and Mobilities in Postcolonial South Asia 60 Yes
HIH3452 Whiteness: A Global History 60 Yes
HIH3448 Britain and the Age of Revolution, 1775-1832 60 Yes
HUM HUM3000s
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
HUM3016 Book Publishing: Principles of Book Commissioning, Editing and Design 30 No
HUM3003A Hacking the Humanities: How to Plan and Run Successful Digital Projects 15 No
HUM3003 Hacking the Humanities: How to Plan and Run Successful Digital Projects 30 No
HUM3004 Transforming the Tablet: Digital Approaches to Ancient Text and Artefact 15 No
HISS SF BA Co-listed 2023-4
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
THE3224 Modern Jewish History and Thought 30 No
ARA3047 Oral History: Principles and Practice 15 No
ARA3048 Oral History: Principles and Practice 30 No
ARA3136 The History and Political Development of Iraq 15 No
ARA3140 The Kurds: History and Politics 15 No
ARA3162 Britain in the Middle East, 1798-1977 15 No
ARA3197 The Arabian Nights: Perception and Reception 15 No
ARA2161 The Historiography of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 15 No
ARAM251 Esotericism and the Magical Tradition 30 No
ARC2123 Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies 15 No
ARC3123 Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies 15 No
ARC2401 Understanding the Landscape of Medieval Britain 15 No
ARC3401 Understanding the Landscape of Medieval Britain 15 No
ARC2406 Medieval Castles in Context 15 No
ARC3406 Medieval Castles in Context 15 No
ARC2120 Things and Us: Ancient and Contemporary Material Culture 15 No
ARC3120 Things and Us: Ancient and Contemporary Material Culture 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe and discuss the philosophical problems confronting historians.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the recurring themes in History, such as class, gender, ethnicity, religion and war, and of the main themes in particular topics selected for modules; trace the key developments within a topic and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter; evaluate complex themes in History; make close specialist evaluation of key developments within particular periods/topics.
3. Identify the variety of approaches taken to historical research; ability to evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical works; evaluate the reasons for changes in historiographical approaches.
4. Define a suitable research topic in the subject area and pursue it to completion.
5. Use different types of historical source; evaluate different and complex types of historical source; use primary sources in a professional manner.
6. Present work in the format expected of historians, including footnoting and bibliographical references.
7. Demonstrate how quantitative data can be used in historical research.

ILO1s 1-3 are developed at stage 1 in compulsory modules though lectures, seminars, and written work.

ILO 1 is further developed especially in compulsory modules at stage 2.

ILOs 2-3 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity and nuance develops according to stage with the Comparative Histories modules particularly focused on these skills.

You are encouraged to use stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules as a way of addressing ILO 4, and concentrate on doing so in the Dissertation at final stage. More generally, the choice of essays that they are given in all modules develops this skill in them from the outset of their programme.

ILO 5 is a requirement of all modules, but there is particular primary source emphasis - developing in complexity as you progress through the stages of the programme - at stage 1 in Sources and Skills modules.

ILO 6 is developed in stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules, and in final stage in the Special Subject and Dissertation. You are given clear guidelines about ILO 6 in the Undergraduate Handbook, and are instructed in such matters in stage 1 compulsory modules, and are expected to demonstrate it in all modules.

ILO 7 is developed through the Sources and Skills and may be developed in other elective modules. Many modules have a requirement of some work with quantitative data.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, oral presentations, wikis, Project and Dissertation work, and examinations. The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources.
9. Describe contrasting approaches to research and judge between competing views
10. Describe and evaluate the nature of both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
11. Identify basic philosophical questions arising from academic research
12. Think and write broadly about large historical themes
13. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
14. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate evidence.
15. Collate data from a range of sources.
16. Reference sources accurately in written work.
17. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in writing.
18. Present work and answer questions orally.
19. Ask pertinent and intellectually demanding questions of other students.
20. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.
22. Demonstrate receptiveness to a foreign culture and see the relativity of one’s own cultural perspective.

These skills are all developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion). 

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, wikis, dissertations, assessed presentations, and examinations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

21. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
22. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
23. Plan the execution of work over a very long time scale.
24. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
25. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
26. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
27. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
28. Organise and undertake suitable employment placements outside the UK and critically reflect upon the experience.

ILO 21 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is particularly developed in stage 2 compulsory modules and the Dissertation.

ILO 22 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

ILO 23 is developed through stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules and, in final stage, through the Dissertation, which has a single end of year deadline.

ILO 24 is developed through seminars, which form the whole (Sources and Skills and Special Subjects) or part basis of all modules.

The skills in ILOs 25-26 are developed to some extent in all modules, through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism both collective and individual. However, there is particular emphasis on ILO 25 (and ILO 27) in stage 1 Sources and Skills and compulsory modules, where you work as part of a team to present and respond to the presentations of others, and in the compulsory modules in the second and final stages.

The skills in ILOs 21-23 are assessed in all modules.

ILO 23 is covered by the fact that you write essays of differing lengths which are summatively assessed. In addition, presentations are formally assessed in Special Subjects and Comparative Histories.

ILO 23 is covered by the Dissertation and, to a lesser extent, stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules.

Formative assessment of work in seminars (ILO 24) takes place in options, and there is assessment of presentations as stated above.

Team work skills (ILOs 25-27) are formally assessed in stage 2 compulsory modules and Comparative History modules.

ILO 30 is assessed through the Employment Experience Abroad module.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must normally achieve an average mark of at least 50% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 50% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue on the Employment Experience Abroad programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for Employment Experience Abroad, you will be transferred to the three-year programme.

HUM3997 Employment Experience Abroad counts as a single 120-credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA History with Employment Experience Abroad. If you fail the Employment Experience your degree title will be commuted to BA History.


8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

History tutors set aside two ‘tutorial’ hours a week during term-time to see personal tutees and are also available to see tutees by appointment. Personal tutors see their first year tutees at least twice a term, in the first two terms, and once in the third term, and their non-first year tutees at least once a term. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness.

Each research centre in History runs its own seminar series, which you are welcome to attend. In addition, we have close relations with a range of organisations that support student research. For example, Exeter Cathedral Library is a key centre for the study of medieval history. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, on campus, houses one of Britain’s largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema. At the heart of the Centre is the Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection, comprised of approximately 50,000 items.

Programme handbooks and other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet:

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE):, which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

The College complies with the Code of Practice on Study and Work Experience Abroad. The name of the member of staff acting as the programme’s co-ordinator for study abroad is made known to you before you leave Exeter, and this person is responsible for liaison and oversight of your progress during the year abroad. Contact will be maintained with you during your year abroad by regular email communication.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Humanities (CHUM)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History with Employment Experience Abroad

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision