|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 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and the Complete University Guide 2020. 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.
The BA History degree at our Penryn campus is progressive, allowing you to build a programme that’s right for you. You can choose to study abroad by working with our international partner universities, studying a different language and specialising in new areas. Our students are currently in Australia, the Netherlands, Japan and the US amongst other places. You can also choose to spend a year working in the industry to learn valuable experience and skills that will help you secure a job straight after you graduate.
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.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions from previous years, please visit our Humanities student website.
Entry requirements 2020
AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
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.
International students should check details of our English language requirements
If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
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 is via a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations, group project work and a dissertation.
History graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market.
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.
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BA History at our Penryn Campus
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