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History BA (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2020

Key Details

  • V100 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
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Students consistently rank our History degree at Newman as one of the best courses of its type in the UK, scoring 95% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey. This is because we offer students the chance to tailor their degree to their interests and our small-group teaching and one-to-one tutorials allow our students to flourish. The course offers a range of options that cover two thousand years of political, social, economic and religious history, taking our students from Ancient Rome to modern America.

Why study History?

  • A broad range of study: The opportunity to study modules covering four millennia of human history
  • Outstanding feedback: Consistently ranked as one of the best History degrees in the UK for student satisfaction
  • Small groups: Students are taught in small groups with opportunities for one-to-one tutorials
  • Research-led teaching: Taught by experts who have published in the field
  • Work placement module that offers real-world career experience in relevant fields


What does the course cover?

During your first year of study, we introduce you to a wide range of topics. In the first semester, you are introduced to the Ancient World as well as the United States in the 1960s. In semester two, you explore the medieval and early modern world. Alongside these modules are skills sessions that help you settle into university life (source analysis, essay writing, research skills) while also developing graduate skills in the ‘Introduction to Work Related Learning’.

In the second year, you start building your degree to suit your interests and strengths. In addition to core modules on the French Revolution and historical warfare (from the Crusades to Vietnam), we also offer options in social history (‘The Life Cycle’). You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement which will provide you with valuable experience within an area you may be considering for a career.

The final year is where you get to build the degree to your interests. All optional modules are built around staff research interests ranging from Myth and Religion in the Ancient World, the British Civil Wars to the US Civil Rights Movement. Across the whole year is the capstone of the degree: our ten-thousand word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed through coursework essays, source analysis tasks, presentations or timed tasks. The length of our assignments increase as the degree progresses. The capstone of the degree, the dissertation, is a third year module that amounts to ten thousand words.

We know that students need more than just lectures and seminars to perform best in their assignments. Students have the support of tutorials, group activities, study workshops and fieldwork (including the option to study abroad) to hone their skills. Members of the Subject Area are always happy to give individual tutorials and advice on planning, researching and writing assignments.

What careers could I consider?

History graduates go into a wide range of careers because their research skills and ability to articulate their opinion makes them stand out from other candidates in the job market.

Our graduates have gone onto a broad and impressive range of professional careers including primary and secondary teaching, law, heritage and archives, the civil service and the police force. Many have pursued their love of history at postgraduate level.

Our work placement module and our careers’ service allow students to explore career opportunities and develop the necessary skills before they graduate.

Applications are open for September entry

Thinking of starting your studies this September? We are currently accepting new applications. Applications to full-time courses must be made via UCAS, applications to part-time courses are made directly to Newman. For help with the application process please contact our friendly and helpful admission teams via or via 0121 476 1181 ext. 3662.

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers History (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £9,250 *


* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Domestic field trips are free of charge to our students. We occasionally run an optional overseas field trip that, while subsidised, does require some financial input from students. For our most recent overseas field trip students were asked to pay £420, and were also expected to cover expenses during their visit (food, drink and tickets for entry to sites).

Students are not expected to purchase any books for this course. All essential reading is available to students digitally through our Moodle portal (either in scanned format, as a link to an article or as an ebook). Other reading for the course is available through the University Library.


Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students


  1. This module will introduce the study of history at university. Students will explore the skills needed to study the past, and what skills are needed to examine what historians have written about the past. It will discuss the development of universities and the formation of student identity. Emphasis will be placed on the process of essay writing, developing independent research and analysing primary evidence.
  2. This module will introduce the study of Ancient Rome. Students will explore key events in Roman history including the fall of the Roman Republic and the early years of the Roman Empire.
  3. This module will introduce the student to the global 1960s, which is one of the transformative decades of the twentieth century – a time of liberation, activism and counter-culture. Students will look at the emergence of protest and counter-culture in the USA, before turning to less well-known places of contest and protest across the globe. Students will explore the historiography of this topic including the concepts of protest and liberation and question the Western-centric narrative of the decade. Students will also consider a range of historical evidence including oral histories and images.
  4. This module will introduce the idea of historiography. Students will explore the ways in which historians have written about the past. It will look at the development of the historical discipline over the course of introductory lectures, which outline some of the major schools of historical thought such as empiricists, structuralists and post-structuralists. Students will be able to select from a choice of topics and work in small groups and identify and engage with the historiography of a specific historical topic (selected from a list of options which may vary from year to year).
  5. This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.
  6. This module introduces the long twelfth century which is one of the most important and well-documented periods of the middle ages. Students will look at the changing role of the church, the evidence for the emergence of our modern nation states and the nature and extent of global exploration. Students will explore the historiography of this topic including the crucial concepts of renaissance, reformation and nationality. It will also consider a range of primary evidence including chronicles, hagiographies and charters.
  7. This module is designed to provide students with a general introduction to the history of the early modern era, tracing the transformation of peoples, nations and cultures from the tremendous cultural explosions of the Reformations to the wars that engulfed the territories of Britain and Ireland in the middle of the seventeenth century. The module will equip students with knowledge to understand the profound social, religious and political transformations of the period.
  1. This module will introduce the ways in which historians use evidence. It will explore some important categories of analysis such as gender, social status, ethnicity and consider how these concepts have affected the interpretation of historical evidence. It will look at the development of relevant categories over the course of some introductory lectures. Students will be able to select from a choice of topics and work in small groups as they become familiar with a specific type of historical evidence.
  2. This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting. This module provides an opportunity for students wishing to attain National Professional recognition with the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) to complete an AMTLA project. The module will also provide the opportunity for those students interested in going on to the PGCE programme to gain support and guidance with the PGCE application process.  
  3. This module will introduce the student to a formative event in world history: the French Revolution and its Napoleonic aftermath.  We will investigate the global origins and consequences of the French Revolution and analyse why it constitutes the birth of modern politics. We will explore the lively historiography of this topic as well as the individuals and social groups who played particular roles in the revolutionary experience. The student will also engage with the varied debates about why the revolution began as well as a wide range of reading primary sources in translation.
  4. In this module, students will explore the life course in Ancient Greece. Students will look at how different people’s lives unfolded from birth to death, considering various different factors (citizenship, gender, sexuality etc.) had an impact on an Ancient Greek person’s life course. During the module, students will also be introduced to some major themes in ancient Greek history, particularly (but not limited to) the history of Classical Athens and Sparta.
  5. This module provides an insight into the day-to-day lives of men and women in early-modern England. Building on the introduction to early modern history in first year, the module develops student understanding of social and cultural history in the early modern period. Students will examine different aspects of the lifecycle in the early modern parish - from birth in the first week to death and post-mortem rituals in the final session. Students will get to explore different historiographical debates on the family and emotion while analysing primary sources recording some of the most intimate details of early-modern life.
  6. In this module the student will be introduced to the History Dissertation. We will discuss methods and theories of studying the past, and hold small group discussions exploring historiography. This module will prepare students for the dissertation. Students will choose their dissertation topic and have discussions with their proposed supervisor.
  7. This module is based on a critical engagement with the historical experience and representation of warfare. Students will use the case study of the medieval crusades to explore the ways in which warfare has been presented as a central component of human history. Students will look at the significance of the crusades in the wider context of the medieval world by exploring issues such as the contested explanations for the conflicts, the varying perspectives of combatants and the contemporary and historical representation of the crusades. It will explore the historiography of this topic including crucial concepts such as holy war and chivalry. It will also consider a range of historical sources including written, archaeological and material evidence.
  8. This module offers students a critical engagement with the historical experience and representation of warfare. We will use the case study of the Vietnam War to explore the ways in which warfare has been presented as a central component of human history. Students will look at the significance of the Vietnam War in the wider context of the Cold War and the twentieth century by exploring issues such as the contested explanations for US involvement in the war, the varying perspectives of combatants and the contemporary and historical representation of the Vietnam War. We will explore the historiography of this topic including crucial concepts such as race and imperialism. Students will also consider a range of historical sources including written and visual evidence.
  1. This is a 40-credit module taken completed over both semesters. Students will work closely with a supervisor to research, plan and construct a piece of historical writing on a chosen topic or theme.
  2. This module focuses on twelfth-century England, particularly the years 1135-1154. The period known as the anarchy was a civil war which was noted by contemporaries for its violence and lawlessness. This was, and continues to be, blamed on the personalities of two rival claimants to the English throne: Matilda and Stephen. By focusing on the anarchy in England students will be able to explore and critique the grand narratives of European historiography, such as the formation of the individual during the twelfth-century renaissance and the breakdown of public order which characterised the post-Carolingian period. Students will also make close use of contemporary chronicle evidence.
  3. This module covers a fundamentally important period in the political and cultural development of Britain - the Civil Wars of 1638-1651 and the subsequent Interregnum. It will allow students to focus on an in-depth study of twenty-two years of conflict within the British Isles. Students will explore the narrative of the conflicts themselves, the manner in which the conflicts subtly altered the ways England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales related to one another as well as the radical social, political and religious ideas developed along the way.
  4. This module surveys the British and French systems of colonial slavery and the dramatic events which led to abolition. We will explore eighteenth century British and French colonial empires in the Caribbean, the Atlantic slave trade, and the various routes to liberation. The student will investigate the revolutionary independence movement on the French island of Saint Domigue as well as other slave revolts and the various metropolitan abolition campaigns. We will survey the historiography on this topic as well as the lively debate around why slavery was abolished. The student will also engage with a wide range of historical evidence including eyewitness accounts, life narratives and letters as well as online databases on the slave trade and slave ownership.
  5. This module enables you to explore the ways in which ancient ideas of virtues and values have been reasserted and recast by twentieth and twenty-first century philosophers. By engaging with ancient Greek texts you will have the opportunity to critically assess some of the ethical ideals upheld by this literature, such as Homer’s warrior-hero Achilles, Aeschylus’ tragic hero Agamemnon and Plato’s transcendent Forms. Evaluating the ways in which these accounts of virtue have been fundamental in shaping more modern perceptions of what it means to lead a good life found in, for example, Iris Murdoch’s account of the Good, Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist writings, and Martha Nussbaum’s insights about moral luck and tragic dilemmas will encourage you to critique the ideas of justice and good character promoted by our own contemporary culture.
  6. This module will introduce the student to the study of myth and religion in the ancient world. Students will examine theoretical approaches to myth and religion in ancient Greece and Rome, including theories on the nature of myth and aspects of ancient religious practice.
  7. This module explores the religious transformations that occurred around the Mediterranean in the years between 200 and 800 CE. It will draw together texts and material culture to trace the histories of Christianity, Judaism and Islam through this period, contextualising them within wider social, cultural, and religious developments. During the module you will be introduced to the different interpretations of modern readers and to the varied ways that the history of Late Antique religion is also a history of the present.
  8. We will be exploring the development of race relations and civil rights struggles in twentieth century America. During the module, students will engage with themes and concepts including race and whiteness, class, gender, the rise and fall of protest and the new conservatism. We will be making extensive use of primary source material – including music, newspapers and pamphlets, diaries and images. Students will also explore key historiographical debates relating to race and civil rights. Students will also discuss the context of the era, including life under Jim Crow and in Cold War America.
  9. In this module students will study the social and cultural impact of the First World War throughout Europe. Students will begin by exploring the ideological nature of the ‘Great War for Civilization’ and then will question how men and their families coped, both physically and psychologically, with four years of industrial warfare. They will then study the medical war and will question the extent to which ‘war is good for medicine’. This will lead on to a consideration of the ethical questions posed by a variety of pacifists. Students will conclude by looking at the long-term cultural impact of the war in literature, art and film.

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