Undergraduate prospectus

History and English, BA Hons

Our history and English degree is aimed at anyone with a love of literature and a passion for history. It combines modern British, European and world history with English literature, past and present.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • The course is designed to explore the intersections between five hundred years of historical ideas, events and literary creativity in the place where east and west meet
  • Students in this course pursue the literary, social and cultural changes, through the libraries, theatres and spaces of Greenwich, London and beyond
  • The history pathway explores a wide range of historical topics from global events to community history and from witchcraft to the World Wars
  • The English element of this course focuses on the literature of the last two centuries including fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre.
  • Both disciplines take full advantage of our culturally and historically rich location in proximity to central London and visits to theatres, art galleries and museums are integral to many of the course modules.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

VQ13 G BA/HisEng


History, Politics & Social Sciences



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

This programme will allow you to combine the study of history and English. You will study at a World Heritage Site, itself a living legacy of British scientific, maritime and imperial history, as well as a thriving multicultural centre of contemporary Britain. The history pathway explores a wide range of historical topics, from global events to community history, and from witchcraft to the World Wars. 

You will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills and to develop practical and professional skills through a work placement.

The English element of the programme emphasises literature of the last two centuries, including fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received.

Both disciplines take full advantage of our culturally and historically rich location and proximity to central London. Visits to theatres, art galleries and museums are integral to many of our modules.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with a substantial grounding in modern British, European and world history
  • To provide a grounding in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • To nurture the development of open, creative and critical thinkers who are able to apply these qualities of mind in a variety of intellectual contexts
  • To provide a structure and an environment in which skills relevant to citizenship, employability and lifelong learning may be developed.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

Come visit us

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Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

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We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-levels.
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

We accept alternative qualifications including:

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

General studies is not normally accepted.

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

 Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

 In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

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

Further costs may include (but are not limited to)

Application: there is a fee to submit your UCAS application.

Resources: you may need to purchase books and other study equipment. You are recommended to have your own portable laptop or tablet for use, while printing on campus carries a cost.

Field trips: module and course field trips may incur further costs, although every attempt is made to keep these affordable.

Additional information


Assessment is through examinations and coursework tasks including:

  • Individual and group projects
  • Presentations
  • Critical reviews
  • Portfolios
  • Conventional analytical essays.


Graduates can pursue 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.

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