BA (Hons) History

BA (Hons) History

Expand your knowledge of British, European and international history

Expand your knowledge of British, European and international history

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus
  • Study historical events and contexts from around the world, from the Middle Ages through to the present day
  • Build your degree around your own research interests
  • Learn from experts in their fields
  • Smaller class sizes for better learning
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University in the UK

3. Guardian University Guide 2021


Fuel your passion for history as you study a dynamic and challenging subject

Explore events and contexts from across the world

You will cover a broad range of historical areas, from the Medieval periods through Tudor England and into contemporary twenty-first century history.

You also will explore underappreciated areas and aspects of historical study. You will have the option to examine Pan-Africanism, the French Revolution, the Holy Crusades, the role of animals in Medieval Europe, the global effects of the Cold War, and much more.

Pursue your interests

The course will allow you to pursue your own area of interest, whether political, cultural or social. You will then develop your knowledge and skills to take a critical perspective on historical events and their outcomes for the modern world.

Learn from experts

You will learn from internationally recognised staff who use the latest research to underpin their teaching to ensure you engage with the current historiographical debates.

On this course you will:

  • Study key periods and events from Medieval and Tudor England through to contemporary twenty-first century history.
  • Focus on your area of interest and discover areas beyond the traditional historical narratives.
  • Learn from our team of expert staff at the forefront of their fields.
  • Build your degree around your interests.
  • Develop your critical thinking, team-working, research and digital skills, all vital for post-degree employment.

The Course

Explore and understand historical events and contexts from around the world

Our BA (Hons) History course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of historical study, before allowing you to branch out to discover your interests and follow your passions to really make your degree unique to you.

Year One

In your first year, you will be introduced to the academic standards required of history students such as the necessary research skills and the ability to evaluate primary and secondary historical sources.

You will also explore a variety of time periods and contexts to establish a strong historiographical foundation for your three years of study. You will study modules that introduce you to Medieval, Early Modern, Renaissance, and twentieth century contexts.

Year Two

In your second year, you will begin to mould your degree around your interests.

You can explore papal political influences, women and gender throughout the Medieval and Tudor periods, British post-war cultural attitudes, conflict in Russia and Eurasia, and much more.

Year Three

By your final year, you will have a strong sense of what historical area you would like to focus on for your final dissertation project.

Alongside your thesis, you will have the opportunity to explore aspects of history including: twentieth century European dictators, Tudor royal court culture, the effects of globalisation, and the culture wars of Britain.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Renaissance and Reformation Europe 1350-1600

This module evaluates the political, intellectual and religious development, popular, elite and court culture, warfare and international relations and gender issues across Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire within the Renaissance and Reformation periods. In doing so, you will gain a better understanding of Early Modern European society and the way it responded to pressure and change.

Torture to Terror: European Order and Repression 1492-1792

This module explores the brutality, atrocity and savagery of the so-called ‘Age of Reason’, with the persecution of witches and religious minorities, endemic warfare and the trade in slavery, concluding with the French Revolutionary Terror, 1792-94. You will consider recurrent themes and debates, such as the interaction between European and non-European cultures, ‘just’ welfare, colonial exploitation, religious and cultural oppression, torture, slavery and human rights.

War and Peace: Twentieth Century Europe and Global Conflict

This module provides you with an overview of European political, cultural, and military history during the 20th century through the study of its major conflicts and global forces. The central focus of the module is the international history of the major Great Powers between 1914 and 2000. You will examine of some of the common debates that often surround the origins of the First World War; the Second World War; the Cold War and debates on the ‘New World Order’.

The United States: An Introduction (1763 – The Present)

This module analyses the distinctive origins of American political thought and constitutional practice, the structures and effects of slavery, the origins of the civil war, the evolution of popular culture with special reference to jazz, the pursuit of civil rights and the emergence of the United States as a world power.

Modern and Contemporary British History

This module examines the fundamental aspects of contemporary British history in a period of rapidly changing global redefinitions and reorganisations. You will consider the introduction of the welfare state within an interventionist economic structure, the shifting power relationship between majority and minority cultures, and the notion of national identity.

Rethinking History: Theory and Practice

The module draws upon the specialist expertise of our History tutors, as you examine a different approach to history each week from a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives. These will include, amongst others, social and cultural history, the history of women, gender and sexuality, ideology and discourse analysis, postcolonial, postmodern and empiricist histories, the history of the visual image, landscape and public history, the legacy of modern war, and heritage studies.

England in Europe 1154-1400: An Introduction to the Late Medieval World

This module explores major themes and events in English History from the 12th to the 15th century. You will study events 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.

From ‘Angry Young Men’ To Cool Britannia?: A Historical Analysis Of British Cultural Activity After 1945

This module provides you with an opportunity to analyse examples of British cultural activity after 1945 within their artistic, political, and historical contexts. The module discusses a series of key movements of cultural production, for example, ‘the Angry Young Men’; ‘Cold War fictions’; or ‘Thatcherism/responses to Thatcherism’.

Popes And Politics

This module examines the nature of papal pronouncements and diplomatic interventions in the continuing evolution of the modern nation state. You will consider these ideas in the new ideological landscapes of totalitarian power, in the two world wars and the Cold War. It will involve an analysis of the ideas, culture and structures of the Roman Catholic Church as they were found at work in the contexts of national and international politics in the years 1864-2005.

Kingdom Of Heaven: Crusading And The Holy Land, 1095-1291

This module assesses the causes and consequences of crusading to the Holy Land between 1095-1291. You will examine the motives of the First Crusaders and the subsequent defence of the Holy Land, including leaders such as Richard the Lionheart, as well as the political and economic ramifications for the Latin East and the indigenous populations of the invaded territories.

Women And Gender, 1000-1600

This module explores the term ‘gender’ and its usefulness as a category of historical analysis. It will then explore major areas of research on gender and sexuality by medieval and early modern historians, examining women across all social strata, from queens and regents to prophets and peasants.

A Social History Of Early Modern England 1550-1750

This module will explore the lives of ‘ordinary’ (i.e. non elite) men, women and children living in England from c1550 to c1750. You will consider key defining factors of the society during this period including social structures; gender relations; lifecycles; urban and rural life; poverty and welfare; crime and punishment; popular culture; and the church.

Environment and State in Britain since 1945

This module explores the British state’s evolving stewardship over the environment since the end of the Second World War. You will examine the connected environmental challenges that the state has faced in this time including pollution, urban change, resource depletion, species conservation and control, epidemics, extreme weather, the threat of nuclear war, and climate change.

Stuart England, 1603-88: Rebellion, Restoration And Revolution

This module introduces you to the Stuart Age, circa 1603-88, as you explore why England went through such a period of extended turbulence and instability in the seventeenth century. You will explore the radical political, religious, economic, social, cultural and intellectual changes that took place in Britain and beyond, in era of constitutional instability.

Oral History

This module will introduce you to oral history as a methodology, as well as the evaluation of oral sources by historians. You will seek to place oral history within the wider debates around history as a discipline, and as a methodological approach to studying past events and experiences. You will also explore the ways in which oral sources have been used in different media, particularly in exhibitions, publications and museums, and to appraise these within a theoretical framework.

Enlightenment Europe, 1688-1789

The ideas of the Enlightenment provided new ways of thinking about science, religion, education, politics and society and the place of ‘mankind’ in the world, but to what extent did the ‘philosophers’ transform society and how enlightened were they? You will explore these ideas as you engage with the works of Locke, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diederot, Rousseau, Beccaria and Wollstonecraft.

Approaches To Research

This module will build on your earlier explorations of research techniques, with a focus on the development of time and project management skills as you begin to prepare for your dissertation. Questions concerning how one starts on a research project and establishes viability of subject to a range of different approaches/theoretical perspectives will be discussed in detail, in relation to how you will choose their own dissertation topic.

Fascism and Post-Fascism in Europe

By looking at a variety of case studies from across Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century, we will discuss the way in which fascism was both embraced and fought against. In addition, by using literary and cultural forms of post-fascism you will explore how many of the core messages of ideological fascism survived despite being politically discredited.

Culture And Civilisation In Late Medieval England, C.1200-1550

This module offers a thematic and contextual survey of late-medieval England. It commences by problematising ‘The Middle Ages’, focusing on historiography, myth, public perception, and the constructed nature of historical periodisation. The focus is on England, but material from elsewhere may be used, and videos and field trips are normally employed in order to enhance your understanding of late-medieval culture and its conceptualisation.

Art & Knowledge In Europe: From Early Renaissance To Baroque (1250-1650)

This module examines the development of art, knowledge, taste, fashion and beliefs in Europe from c.1250-1650 as you consider the importance of intellectual history, cultural history, science and art as key aspects of European culture. You will pay close attention to a range of textual and visual sources — from literature, diaries, correspondence, journals, painting, sculpture and architecture.

Re-Litigating The Past: State, Media And Historical Injustice In Contemporary Britain

This module focuses on how public histories have been rewritten in Britain over the past three decades, through the interventions of state, media, and voluntary sector institutions. By studying these forms of investigations, you will learn about how private traumas are integrated into or transformed public memory, the ways in which and reasons why silences are maintained or broken, and the place of ‘the past’ in judicial processes.

Ideologies, Politics And Culture

This module aims to provide you with a robust understanding of the nature of ideology, its operation within different political and cultural contexts, including Marxist, liberal, and conservative approaches. You will also explore and analyse a range of indicative political ideologies, including conservatism, socialism, fascism, feminism and ecologism, enhanced through analysis of historical and contemporary case studies, and discussion of a diverse range of texts.

Dissertation in History

The dissertation represents the culmination of your History studies as you complete an individual research project on a topic of your choosing. The 10,500-word thesis will include explicit methodological and historiographical dimensions and where appropriate, theoretical discussions integrated into the text.

Unforgettable Corpses: Literature, Cultural Memory and the First World War

This module will examine literary products of the First World War, the methods by which the authors reproduced, described and fictionalised their experiences. The second half of the module will also consider the use of First World War tropes in literature produced in the latter half of the 20th century, compare the application of those narrative devices, and critically assess the later use of those devices.

Louis XIV’s France, 1643-1715

This module assesses the extent to which an ‘absolutist’ monarchy was established in France in the seventeenth century. You will consider various historiographical perspectives of the French monarchy, with a focus on the social and cultural contexts of the period as well as the impact of the military tensions with other European nations.

Kingship, Queenship And Power In Late Medieval And Early Modern Europe

This module considers the nature of social, cultural and political power in the late medieval and early modern periods by examining a variety of different topics such as royal ritual and law-making, visual and material culture, and social exclusion and popular rebellion. You will understand how power was conceptualised and exercised in different socio-cultural contexts and chronological periods, as well as consider the role of gendered within power structures and social responses to rulers.

The Cultural History of Death

This module explores how literary representations of the historical and social treatment of the dead presents a vivid insight into the cultural behaviour, ideology and social order of different cultural and historical contexts. You will explore the beliefs and attitudes towards the dead within literature from the Middles Ages through to more contemporary examples and debates.


This module examines the ideologies, political movements and key activists concerned with the political unity and liberation of Africa and the African diaspora from the 19th century onwards. In particular, you will analyse the significance of the ideas of key ideologists and activists, including Edward Blyden, Marcus Garvey, George Padmore, W.E.B. Du Bois, Aimé Césaire, Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah, Franz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral.

Henry VIII and Court Culture, 1509-1547: Faction, Faith And Fornication

This module examines the structures and cultures of royal courts of the Tudor period. In particular, you will consider court culture through the eyes of contemporaries in order to explore the centrality of the royal court and its relationship to the localities during this period of such immense change. You will explore the royal court’s political influence, the role of faction and division and the relationship to the literary arts.

International Law

This module introduces you to international law: the body of law which governs the legal relations between or among states and nations. You will study the theories, principles and processes of international law, including its sources, legal personality, jurisdiction and realms of responsibility. In addition, you will also be introduced to debates about the regulation of international activities, including the use of force, dispute settlement processes, human rights, and the role of the UN.

British Cultural Wars

This module explores conflict within British culture from the start of the 19th century to the turn of the new millennium. You will consider the reaction to obscene publications and other literary controversies and moral panics of Victorian Britain, through to the as the liberal reforms in the 1960s and the self-censorship and the baleful influence of Hollywood on British cinema.

Commerce And Consumption In Early Modern England, C. 1600-1750

This module examines the emerging commercial cultures of Early Modern England. Using primary sources of wills, business accounts, personal letters, and diaries, you will consider the changing attitudes to business and consumption of the period and how they laid the groundwork for further economic evolutions that influence the way we live today.

Dissertation in History

The dissertation represents the culmination of your History studies as you complete an individual research project on a topic of your choosing. The 10,500-word thesis will include explicit methodological and historiographical dimensions and where appropriate, theoretical discussions integrated into the text.

Vice To Virtue? The Origins And Outcomes Of The French Revolution 1744-94

This module examines the roots and consequences of the French Revolution, as well the major historiographical debates that continue through to today. You will gain a clear understanding of the political, social and economic context of the revolution’s origins, the complexities and evolution of the Revolution itself, and the fallout and ramifications across the subsequent decades.

Dictatorship, Conformity and Resistance in Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy and Stalin’s Russia

This module explores the distinctive ideologies of Soviet Communism, Italian Fascism and German National Socialism, and to consider if and how these were in fact new forms of religion. The module will also examine the construction of these ‘totalitarian’ states in practice, and the experiences of individual and institutions caught up within these contexts, with particular reference to the churches and to cultural movements

A Global History Of The Cold War

This module introduces you to a wider view of the effects of the Cold War beyond the traditional Western-centric view. You will examine the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union in the Middle East, the decolonisation processes in Asia and Africa, the political influence on developing nations in Latin America, and the emergence of China as an additional player.

Globalization and its Malcontents

This module looks at key moments in the development of globalization focusing on moments in which the world came together, such as the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, when the terms of global trade were outlined after the rupture of the Second World War. You will use these examples to contextualise the work of theorists like Arjun Appadurai to develop your understanding of how globalization has shaped twentieth-century history and politics.

Birds, Beasts And Bestiaries: Animals And Animal Symbolism In Late Medieval And Renaissance Europe C.1100-1650

This module explores the various roles of animals within Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe, both in reality and within cultural arts. You will examine: the role of animals as diplomatic gifts; domestication and pet keeping; animals and warfare; exotic animals and mythological beasts; hunting and lordship; animals and Christianity; chivalric animals (in heraldry and romances), and animals and national identity.

Commerce And Consumption In Early Modern England, C. 1600-1750

This module examines the emerging commercial cultures of Early Modern England. Using primary sources of wills, business accounts, personal letters, and diaries, you will consider the changing attitudes to business and consumption of the period and how they laid the groundwork for further economic evolutions that influence the way we live today.


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"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."


BA (Hons) History graduate
"There is an amazing group of lecturers who are all experts in their respective fields - many have written several books on the content they teach! It's a very supportive environment as lecturers are easy to contact via email or their office and you always know the peers you're sat with in lectures. A huge range of both history and politics modules across the Department means you're always learning something new.”

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of internationally-recognised research staff


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

Our record in Student Satisfaction polls for History is second to none and we are delighted that our students find the University a supportive and positive learning environment.

Our team of experienced tutors and experts use the latest research to underlie their teaching. This ensures that you have access the latest debates within the study of History.

Much of our teaching is in small groups. Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment.

It also allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.


Our BA (Hons) History course uses a range of assessments methods, including:

  • Essays
  • Source evaluations and reviews
  • Research projects
  • Collaborative project work
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress throughout your degree.

Work Placements

Gain vital workplace experience with our local partners

In your second year, you will have the option to work with a sector-leading museums, gallery or heritage sites.

These placements will give you the opportunity to acquire a fundamental insight into the way these institutions preserve for and present history to the public, as well as gain vital workplace experience to increase your employability.

Our prestigious partners include:

  • Arundel Castle
  • Bignor Roman Villa
  • ButserAncient Farm
  • Chichester Cathedral
  • Chichester District Museum
  • D-Day Museum, Southsea
  • Emsworth Museum
  • Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Mary Rose Museum
  • Pallant House Gallery
  • Petworth House
  • Portsmouth City Museum
  • Royal Marines Museum
  • Tangmere Aviation Museum
  • University of Chichester Archive Collections
  • Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
  • West Sussex Record Office
  • Worthing Library


Open up your future career options

A degree in History provides you with the opportunity to take up a number of career roles after graduation. Our graduates are valued by employers as they possess key skills in communication, analysis and reporting.

The option to study issues of political, social, and cultural significance, as well as work placement opportunities in archives, institutes and research centres, provides you with experience suitable for a range of career paths.

Many of our graduates continue on as teachers, lawyers, accountants, as well as management roles within a variety of settings.

Career paths include:

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Local and national government
  • Journalism
  • Public service
  • Communications and PR
  • Law

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Cultural History
  • MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • PGCEs
  • MA Creative Writing
  • Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

104 - 120
tariff points.
A Levels
Access to HE Diploma
28 points
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.


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