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BA (Hons) History and Theology

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3 Years Full Time


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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5​


Student view

Heather-Ann Dunlop
Graduate, BA (Hons) History
My readings enabled me to form better opinions, develop new ideas and add new dimensions to these ideas. Being able to research in this environment, with the support that was offered to me was an exceptional experience that will be difficult to replicate

Course content

Your course content will be split between History and Theology content. You will have required modules from each but you will also be given the option to choose modules of greater interest to you.

As a History student at Chichester, you will study a dynamic and challenging subject, explore diverse aspects of past cultures and gain a rich perspective on current issues. Over the course of your degree, you will develop your knowledge of British, European and international history.

In addition, you will be introduced to all of the essential methodological skills that will enable you to research in your own right.

For example, course time is dedicated to research methods, including interviewing techniques for oral history. Importantly, the underlying practices of history are unpacked and debated.

Our History degree is an exciting, challenging and stimulating experience for all. It looks at wars, revolutions, social, religious and gender issues that shape our very identities.

Our facilities

Bishop Otter campus – where you will be based

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Bognor Regis campus

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. Just like Bishop Otter campus, we offer thousands of collections of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

Our brand new, award-winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

A History degree is a great point of entry into the world of work.

Many of our students turn their passion for the past into careers as history teachers. Some students choose to develop their interests by working in museums, galleries or other heritage venues.

Others apply the skills learned on the degree to the world of media and public service.

Courses on ‘History and the National Curriculum’ and ‘History and Heritage’ will help you prepare thoroughly for your next step in life.

History at Chichester is therefore a good place to start a new career path. It is also a place where you will feel part of a scholarly community in which ideas, cultures, peoples and places come to life through enquiry, discussion and debate.

Work placements

You will have the option in year two to work with a sector-leading museum, gallery or heritage site. This optional module is ideal if you want to develop a career in the heritage sector.

You will be able to benefit from our long-term associations with university-partners in Canada and the United States of America mean that History at Chichester is well placed to offer its you a further international dimension to your undergraduate experience.

In 2010, two of our students spent a fortnight at Franklin & Marshall, researching the thought of the Founding Father of the US Constitution and exploring the Watergate scandal. They were named Visiting Research Scholars and received full access to internet and library privileges. But the experience comprised far more than study. They were given a personal tour of the United States Capitol and the Watergate building, as well as experiencing a Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game.

Indicative modules

Over the course of your History degree, you will develop your knowledge of British, European, American and international history. In addition, you will be introduced to all of the essential methodological skills that will enable you to research history in your own right. The modules include:

Late Medieval England and Europe

The module begins by outlining the cultural and political landscape of Western Europe in the mid-12th century. It will then explore major themes and events in English History from the 12th to the 15th century including the Angevin Empire and its loss, Magna Carta and the role of the Papal Monarchy, the relative peace and prosperity of the mid- 13th century, Edward I’s campaigns in Wales and Scotland, the upheavals of 1307-27, the Black Death of 1348 and the Hundred Years’ War. The module will end by asking whether the Peasants’ Revolt (and similar rebellions) heralded the demise of ‘feudal’ social structures, and the end of the Middle Ages.

Research Spotlight – clothing the rural poor

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Early Modern Europe and the Wider World, 1400-1800: From the Renaissance to the French Revolution

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Twentieth-Century Britain and Europe

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War Studies

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Africa and the African Diaspora

The module is divided into four sections in order to explore four key areas in which Africa and the African Diaspora have played a major role in the making of the modern world. Section one examines the consequences of trans-Atlantic slavery for Africa and the modern world and the impact of the Haitian Revolution. Section two examines the consequences of colonialism in Africa. This section also focuses both on the ideologies of racism that accompanied slavery and colonial rule and presents an introduction to Pan-Africanism as an example of an ideological form of resistance and affirmation. Section three focuses on slavery and its consequences in the United States, including the emergence of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in the period following World War Two. The final section focuses on post-war Britain and in particular the impact of mass migration from the Caribbean. It aims to introduce students not only to the demographic and political consequences of post-war migration but also and to the varied strategies of affirmation and resistance employed by Britain’s new Caribbean population.

Victorian Britain

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The United States of America: Politics, Identity and Culture

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Theories and Methods in History

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Heritage and Public History

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Women’s and Gender History

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Possible Theology and Religious Studies modules:

Religion and Contemporary Culture (I)

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The Many Faces of Jesus

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The New Atheists

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Exploring Religious Identities

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Living the Good Life

The module will introduce you to classical and contemporary ideas about the nature of happiness and its implications for living well. It will begin with an introduction to Aristotle’s idea of virtue ethics discussed in the Nicomachean Ethics. This will then be compared with contemporary ideas such as Layard’s study of happiness, religious discussions of the same topic, and significant alternate ideas such emotional intelligence, and self-actualisation.

Religion and Contemporary Culture (II)

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Religions and Conflict

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Living Theology

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Paul and the Early Church

Paul’s letters in the New Testament have had a major influence on the formation of Christianity as well as on political, ethical and philosophical questions more generally. This module varies between close readings of key Pauline letters and discussion of key problems – such as gender, social change, and freedom – raised by the Pauline texts throughout history. Through an attention to Paul’s historical, religious and political context, the module involves theological, exegetical work, but also analysis of the far-reaching legacies of Paul beyond Christianity.


The module will explore different ethical and methodological approaches in current debates relating to bio-ethics. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the variety of approaches to bio-ethical questions. The student will become acquainted with the major problems in bio-ethics, especially those relating to the beginning and ending of life. There will be opportunity for the substantial discussion of particular topics and issues.

Philosophy of Religion: Its Issues and Methods

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Islam and the Modern World

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Prophecy and Fulfilment

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Great Christian Thinkers

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Major Ethical Thinkers

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A History of Ideas: Greeks to the Modern DayHistory and the Postmodern

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Living Judaism

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Contextual Theologies

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The Teachings of the Buddha

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The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil

There are three related elements in the content for this module. Although they are distinguished here for the sake of clarity, they will be integrated in the teaching of the module.  Discussion of the distinctive disciplines that form a part of the degree, their inter-relationship, and the ways in which they can be complementary. This discussion will be integrated throughout the module and will revisit material covered earlier in the degree but at a greater level of sophistication.  Examination of a range of responses to the Holocaust within philosophy (e.g. Adorno, Arendt and Fackenheim), Christian and Jewish theology (e.g. Wiesel, Rubenstein, Moltmann, and Cohn-Sherbok), religious studies (e.g. the significance of the Holocaust in the shaping of religious identities, the Holocaust and memory, conflicts over the memorialization of the Holocaust) and ethics (e.g. Levinas, Sophie’s Choice).  Consideration of different ways in which experiences and understandings of the Holocaust can be communicated, such as through art, film, literature, music and journalism (including films such as God on Trial, Schindler’s List, and Life is Beautiful, artists such as Marc Chagall, the writings of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel, Hannah Arendt’s writing for The New Yorker, Steve Reich’s Different Trains and Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw).

Religion and Gender

The module will begin by examining the development of feminist theologies, thealogies and feminist studies of religion in the Jewish and Christian traditions. This will lead to an exploration of a range of the further developments which have emerged as result of these early developments such as womanist, mujerista, body and queer theologies as well as diverse feminist spiritualties across a range of traditions. This survey will be undertaken within the context of an examination of the methodological issues presented by attempts to use gender as a critical category in Theology and Religious Studies.

Dialogue & Diversity

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Freedom and Free Will

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Public Theology

The module will equip you to engage and reflect theologically on social, political and pastoral issues and questions which arise locally, nationally and globally. You will examine critically public and practical theological methodologies and perspectives utilised by British and international theologians. You will explore the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies primarily by employing them to analyse and reflect on specific issues and questions which emerge from your context. On successful completion of the module you will be able to reflect theologically on a variety of important questions emerging from within your context.

Religion and Film

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History and the Postmodern

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New Testament Texts

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International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning.

During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge.

Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

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