University of Gloucestershire History Department

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University of Gloucestershire History Department

University of Gloucestershire History Department

History (BA Hons)

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Study the making of the modern world, with the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and America

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Studying history is not just learning facts, dates and names. It’s about investigating and interpreting evidence to understand the make-up of our own identities as individuals, cultures and nations. Become an independent researcher and critical thinker. Work closely with subject experts to develop investigative and analytical skills, while gaining hands-on experience with historical documentation and artifacts. Experience unique opportunities on study abroad placements, previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, Ireland and Spain.

You will gain the necessary analytical skills in your first year, sampling all our specialist strands in British, European, American and Soviet history. Develop your own focus in the second year by specializing in two or more of these areas. You’ll also benefit from our wide range of guest lecturers including holocaust survivor, John Dobai, lead writer of the Daily Telegraph, Tim Stanley, Bonnie Greer OBE and world-renowned anthropologist, Tim Ingold.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience too. In addition to various field trips within the UK, students can take part in international research trips to locations such as Spain, as well as studying abroad in Europe and North America.  You will use a range of investigative approaches when handling historical sources. Official documents, manuscripts, art, literature, film, photography, music and many more, are all accessed through our local and international partnerships with museums, archives and historical sites.

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Study style

This degree focuses on the political, social, economic and cultural history of the modern world, from the European discovery of the Americas in 1492, onwards. Teaching is primarily through interactive seminars and small classes. Discussion and debate are used to develop your critical skills and confidence. Partnerships with local archives and museums, offer students the opportunity to interact with historical sources and put their analytical skills to the test.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don’t meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours – 3 years full-time V100


  • Museum and heritage professionals
  • Professional research
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Heritage manager
  • Teaching/academia

Masters by Research or PhD History (Postgraduate)

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Make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of research.

Extend your knowledge in a selected area at MA (MRes) level. In the case of a PhD, make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of research. Make the most of History research strengths in British History, including: early modern, 18th century (social protest), local history, and Victorian and 20th century. There are also specialisms in American history, Russian/Soviet history as well as gender and women’s history, early modern spirituality and religious history, intellectual history and the history of ideas, heritage and historical geography.

Join a lively research environment including access to open lecture programmes and seminars across the university. Attend relevant conferences, with the giving of papers towards the later stages of your study.

There are opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university. Our system of using a supervisory team as opposed to an individual supervisor makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.Applications for interdisciplinary research degrees in British studies, women’s studies, aspects of American studies, and other areas, are welcome.

Study style

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not completed a recent and relevant Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).
  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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