Let the historical setting of our Greenwich Campus inspire your studies of British, European and world history.

This history degree is shaped by our research passions and expertise. You'll explore a diverse range of topics, including gender, violence, migration, national identities and the environment, across the 17th to the 20th centuries. The historic site of our Greenwich Campus provides easy access to important archives and museums in central London.

You can also undertake a placement in the creative, cultural, education or heritage sectors, and explore other subjects such as politics, English, or a foreign language. Our history graduates emerge with valuable communication, digital and project management skills for a wide range of careers, including teaching, journalism, publishing and heritage management.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

V100 G BA/Hist

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • The course traces over 500 years of British and global histories.
  • The course explores the origins of globalisation where east and west meet. It follows women and men – including sailors, slaves, merchants, criminals who passed through Greenwich - en route to making the modern world.
  • It introduces you to a range of historical methods and historiography, and aims to help you develop as a critical, analytical thinker and communicator.
  • You will work with creative and inspiring teachers and researchers whose work shapes the modules you'll follow.
  • Our 'History in practice' and work placement modules provide an opportunity to apply your historical knowledge and skills to a range of organisations and employers.

What you will study

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About the course team

The History team are all experts in their fields, leading the design and delivery of the modules they teach. They actively research and publish in their fields, as well as holding postgraduate teaching qualifications, or are fellows of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Come and visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

For entry, you will require:

  • 104 UCAS points, including 3 A-levels at grades BCC or above.
  • GCSEs in English Language or Literature and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

General Studies is not usually accepted.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Highers.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students and those taking non-traditional routes into Higher Education.

You may be invited for an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with non-traditional qualifications or other professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year on single honours History is around 20 students. 

Core modules involve students on both single and combined honours History courses (35-45 students on average). Optional modules usually have smaller class sizes of around 20-30 students. This can vary if modules are available for more than one degree.

Lectures and workshops are usually attended by everyone registered on the module, while seminars usually involve smaller groups to enable discussion and debate.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled teaching sessions, you are also expected to dedicate time to independent study. Each module involves further reading, research and reflection, as well as time spent preparing for classwork, assessed coursework and examinations. This is around 8-10 hours per module per week, some of which may take place outside of teaching terms.

You can use Stockwell Street library and online resources to support further reading and research.

In addition, during the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules
  • Attend guest lectures from subject, business and industry experts
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops
  • Join student societies.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will consist of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc.), independent learning, assessments, and field trips.

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job (approx. 40 hours per week). For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 50 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 250 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Trips: The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some may be free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement module in your final year, alongside your other modules.

You can also opt to register on 'sandwich mode', which allows you to do a one-year, full-time paid placement between your second and final years. While on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as usual.

Students are responsible for finding their own placement though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain a minimum of 150 hours of work experience.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are usually paid full-time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. However, in the past, graduates of this course have gone on to careers in research, teaching, administration and government, librarianship and information services, museums and heritage management, journalism, publishing or the arts. Some career options may require further study.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships, and can be paid or unpaid. Students are responsible for finding their own internships though we will support you through the application process.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible.

The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in the industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the work-place and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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