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BA History and Geography - 2025 entry

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code V124
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2025
Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline History
Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Typical offer

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A-Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 34/665-32/655
BTEC: DDD-DDM

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBB-BBC
IB: 30/555-28/554
BTEC: DDM-DMM

Overview

  • Discover how studying history and geography can bring critical insights and multiple perspectives to the contemporary challenges facing our world
  • Gain practical experience and a well-rounded perspective with opportunities for field-based training both locally and nationally
  • Develop a portfolio of practical and creative work to showcase to future employers including analytical projects and campaign strategy documents
  • You’ll join an intentionally small community of students allowing you to actively discuss and debate your ideas and work closely with academic staff
  • Gain a range of valuable employability skills including multi-media competency, analysis and presentation preparing you for a range of careers in fields such as government, sustainability and international aid

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Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 100 in world subject rankings for History

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

Top 10 in UK subject rankings for History

8th in the Complete University Guide 2025

Top 50 in the world for Geography

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

Spend a year studying abroad or on a professional placement

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAB-ABB n/a
IB 34/665-32/655 n/a
BTEC DDD-DDM n/a
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Access to HE 30 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade - 24 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade N/A
T-Level Distinction N/A
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB-BBC
IB: 30/555-28/554
BTEC: DDM-DMM

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Course content

Your first-year core modules introduce you to broader themes such as new approaches to history, the crafts of research and writing and the geography of Cornwall. You can also choose from a range of optional modules enabling to start shaping your degree to your interests from year 1.

Your second and final years build on these skills with opportunities for independent study projects and your dissertation where you can develop your research skills in an area of personal interest. Alongside this you will continue to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge in areas such as the politics of climate change, early modern history, the public history project, Humanities in the workplace and many more.

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.

Stage 1: 60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
HIC1602 Crafts of Research and Writing 15
HIC1604 New Approaches to History 15
GEO1401B Approaches to Geographical Knowledge 15
GEO1413 The Geography of Cornwall 15

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
HISP S1 BA CH His&Geo opt 2023-4
HIC1603 Public History 15
HIC1007 People's History: Sources and Skills 15
HIC1306 World History: Globalisation 15
HIC1305 World History: Science, Environment and Sustainability 15
HUM1005 Climate Emergency - An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 15
HIC1605 European History: Politics and Society 15
GEO1408B Global Issues in Environmental Science 15
GEO1410 Introduction to Human Sciences 15
GEO1418 Granite Landscapes and Society 15
GEO1414 Geography Tutorials 15
GEO1419 Introduction to data science 15
GEO1405B Earth System Science 15

Stage 2: 30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

You must take either HUC2002 OR HIC2200.

CodeModule Credits
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities 30
HIC2200 Public History Project 30

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
HISP S2 BA CH His&Geo opt 2023-4
HIC2028 Art and Archaeology in Post-Colonial Nations 15
HIC2029 Histories of Everyday Life in Modern Cornwall 15
HIC2200 Public History Project 30
HIC2316 The Occult in Victorian Britain 15
HIC2323 Early Modern History 1500-1700: A Social History 15
HIC2324 Organised Crime in USA 15
HUC2001 Humanities in the Workplace (Penryn) 15
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities 30
HUC2012 The Age of Unreason? Modernity and its Discontents 15
HUC2013 Enlightenment and the Age of Reason: Philosophy, Politics, Society 15
HUC2014 Mapping and the Environmental Imaginary: History, Literature and Politics 15
HUC2015 Revolution and Abolition: History and Legacies of the Atlantic Slave Trade 15
GEO2442 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy 15
GEO2445 Rural Social Issues 15
GEO2449 Green Consultants 15
GEO2453 Social Innovation Consultants 15
GEO2454 Waste and Society 15
GEO2458 People and Nature 15

Find out more about study abroad or employment experience under Course variants.

With Study Abroad

120 credits of compulsory modules

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the College Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/where/ and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
HUM3999 Year Abroad 120

Optional modules


With Employment Experience

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
HUM3998 Employment Experience UK 120

With Employment Experience Abroad

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
HUM3997 Employment Experience Abroad 120

Stage 3: 30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
HIC3041 Interdisciplinary Final-Year Dissertation - Geography 30

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
HISP SF BA CH His&Geo opt 2023-4
HIC3300 Britain and the Telecommunications Revolution 30
HIC3303 The Three Klans: Ethno-Politics in the 19th and 20th Century US 30
HIC3310 Regionalism, Localism, and Ideas of Home in Modern European History 30
HIC3311 Indigenous History, Colonialism and Identity in Western Canada 30
HIC3313 Gender, Power and Identity in Early Modern England 30
HUC3016 Irish Stories: History, Politics, Literature and Heritage 30
HUC3045 Myth in the Modern World: From the Classics to Conspiracies 30
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15
GEO3457 Geographies of Democracy 15
GEO3467 Human-Animal Interactions 15

Course variants

UCAS code: V125

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. 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 key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your Study Abroad year.

UCAS code: V126

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements within the UK as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience?

Undertaking graduate-level work during your degree unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. A work placement will dramatically boost your confidence, enhance your CV and develop graduate level skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support during your first and second years which will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fees and funding?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Find out more

Visit our website to learn more about employment experience opportunities. 

UCAS code: V127

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience Abroad?

Spending up to a year living and working in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. By carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements abroad you can demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness and, depending on where you stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector and country you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support during your first and second years which will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Is the placement paid?

You will be paid in accordance with the rules of the country you work in and there may be visa restrictions or requirements which you need to consider when applying.

Find out more

Visit our website to learn more about employment experience opportunities. 

Fees

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year

Scholarships

The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

Where will I study?

At the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, you will be welcomed into an intimate and supportive learning environment that encourages enthusiasm and passion for both History and Geography. You will benefit from a welcoming atmosphere, excellent student-to-staff ratios, small group tutorials and friendly, accessible staff.

Research undertaken at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) – which leads research into various aspects of the relationship between people and the environment – inspires much of the teaching in Geography.

How will I learn?

As well as lectures, seminars and tutorials led by internationally respected academics at the forefront of research, you engage in group tasks and independent study: reading or viewing module material, writing essays or preparing for seminars and presentations. We encourage presentation work and coursework. This involves you actively in the teaching and learning process and develops important transferable skills, such as good verbal and visual communication, as well as effective interaction with other people. You will also develop a range of professional skills, such as time management and team working, plus valuable critical and analytical skills.

Modules

Modules encourage you to think about long-term developments and processes of historical change, and to make comparisons between countries and cultures. We emphasise historical questions that require you to identify patterns across time or between countries, and to isolate common or competing trends, instead of concentrating on short-term or single explanations.

Teaching hours

You’ll have on average 1-3 teaching hours per module and will need to allow for up to nine additional hours of private study. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time. As well as attending lectures and writing essays and assignments, you’ll be expected to make presentations in seminars or tutorials. We encourage your presentation work, because it involves you actively in the teaching and learning process and develops important life skills such as good verbal and visual communication and effective interaction with other people.

Personal tutor

You'll have a personal tutor as well as tutors in individual subjects and they will work with you to monitor your progress, as well as offering pastoral support and other help. You will have a chance to make your mark on the programmes through regular student evaluations and participation in the Student-Staff Liaison Committees and the student History Societies on both campuses.

How will I be assessed?

All the degrees in History have assessments and examinations each year. Although formal examinations are important tests of skill, up to 50 per cent of your marks will come from other forms of assessment, including coursework essays, projects, dissertations and measures of your skill in presentation and oral work. The exact balance will depend on the modules you choose, and you’ll be informed of the methods of assessment before making your choices.

Alongside traditional exams for some modules you may also complete creative analytical projects and campaign strategy documents providing you with a portfolio of practical and creative work to showcase your skills to prospective employers.

Progression

You must pass your first-year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.

Taking modules outside of your programme

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 widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a foreign language

You can boost your employability by using up to 30 credits each year to study a foreign language. If you study the language for more than one year you may be entitled to have ‘with proficiency in’ added to your degree certificate. The Language Centre will be offering modules in French and Spanish language from complete beginners up to advanced levels, plus German and Mandarin Chinese from beginner’s level.

If you achieve at least 60 credits in a language via our Language Centre you may be able to have the words ‘with proficiency in’ and the language added to your degree title.

Further details can be found on the Language Centre web pages.

Proficiency in Law

Students on this course are now able to add ‘with proficiency in Law’ to their degree title, by gaining a strand of additional legal knowledge and skills that adds value to their degree.

The ‘With proficiency in Law’ modules being offered to non-law students provide a theoretical and technical basis for understanding the regulatory and legal frameworks that you might encounter within your main field of study. These modules lend themselves strongly to students wishing to develop their skillset to work across the environment and sustainability sector and in wider business.

If you accrue at least 60 credits in elective law modules you will have ‘with proficiency in Law’ added to your degree title.

Facilities

We have a large variety of equipment that can be used on student research projects. These include a wide range of devices to assess soil, water and air conditions and a cutting edge handheld XRF analyser to directly measure heavy metal concentrations in soil and river sediment. Digital media such as iPads, cameras and voice recorders are also available.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

Employer-valued skills this course develops

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Alongside in-depth subject knowledge, you’ll develop a range of highly transferable skills such as:

  • Multi-media competency
  • Organisational strategic assessments
  • Archival analysis
  • Analysis and presentation
  • General planning and problem solving

Employer visits

We have a dedicated Careers Service, with offices at our Exeter and Penryn campuses, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates. For further information please visit our Careers Service.

Career paths

You will be equipped with skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers across the public, private and NGO sectors. This programme is excellent preparation for careers in town and council government, local/regional/urban planning, sustainability, international aid/development, climate transitions, and heritage studies.

Example careers

  • Management Consultant
  • Parliamentary Caseworker and Researcher
  • Civil Servant
  • Officer Cadet
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Heritage Officer

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