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BA (Hons) History

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Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2022-23 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) 




  • 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2021 and ten out of the past eleven years.
  • Ranked 4th in the country for History in The Guardian University Guide 2022. 
  • Choice of modules focused on British and International History 1500 to the present.
  • Opportunities for work placements, with great links to local schools, archives, museums and other employers.
  • An innovative and challenging course with a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere!



Our BA (Hons) History course offers an exciting programme focused on the events of the past, shaped by the questions of the present and designed to prepare you for the future.

A few of the distinctive features of History at the University of Suffolk:

  • Smaller class sizes and higher teaching hours than many comparable institutions, providing students with more time to explore and debate topics in depth and to forge a close-knit and supportive community. 

  • All of our teaching is delivered by our highly qualified, enthusiastic and supportive staff.

  • Our varied and innovative teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, group projects, trips, online support and one-to-one discussions.

  • A broad range of assessments including essays, exams, document analysis, oral presentations, book reviews, group work and a dissertation, to develop and test a wide variety of skills and abilities.

  • Options to undertake a work placement and work with external organisations on community-based projects to help equip our students with the skills and confidence necessary to launch a successful career or business.

  • Career opportunities in a wide range of sectors including teaching and academia, archive and library services, museum and heritage industries, the civil service, local and national government, media and advertising, publishing and journalism.

  • Regular trips, social events and external lectures to help you have fun, make new friends and widen your horizons.


Course modules

Our BA (Hons) History spans three years (or levels) and focuses on British and International History from 1500 to the present, plus employability skills.  Full-time students take six modules per year. Part-time students typically take between two and four modules per year.

Full downloadable information on all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record but typical modules for the academic year 2020-21 will include:

Tudors and Stuarts: People, Power and Projects 1509-1714 
Encounters, exchange and the making of colonial worlds, 1492-1779 
The Georgians in Focus, 1714-1830: From Hogarth to Bridgerton
The Great Powers and the world, 1648-1848 
Making Modern Britain 1830-1985 
Revolution, Nationalism, Empire and War: International History since 1848 
Empire: From 1600 to the Present 
Sex and Gender in British Society Since 1500 
Group Project: Work-based learning in History 
Dictators and Democracy in the era of Total War, 1900-1948 
Clearance and Famine: British Rural Society 1760-1850 
The Global Cold War: from Berlin to Beijing 
Researching History
Genocide in History and Memory 
Popular protest in Britain 1780-1850 
The Witch Hunt 
Heritage in Practice 
Britain at War in the Twentieth Century 
Independent Research Project

Career opportunities

  • A degree in History opens the door to many careers and closes off very few. Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and History graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations.

    The Telegraph ranks History as one of the Top Ten subjects for employability.

  • History students go on to careers in teaching and academia, archive and library services, the museum and heritage industries, the civil service, local and national government, media and advertising, publishing and journalism, human resources and management, finance and industry and many more.

  • History students have a valuable reputation amongst employers for being ideas orientated and good at problem solving, possessing good analytical and research skills, being able to marshal, synthesise and prioritise large quantities of data effectively, being able to communicate clearly, being able to work independently or as part of a team, and above all for being flexible, confident and inventive.

  • 'Employability' is taken very seriously at the University of Suffolk and innovations such as our work-placement module Career Planning in the final year help to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prosper in the jobs marketplace.

  • A number of our graduates also go on to pursue further qualifications at masters and doctoral levels.  

Student profiles

Hello, I’m Jack. Let’s get straight to it: here’s why the University of Suffolk is the right place for you.   I had never been to Ipswich prior to earning a place at Suffolk. I graduated with a First-Class degree in History in 2014, and I haven’t looked back.  As an 18-yea...

I chose to study History at the University of Suffolk for several reasons. The content, for one thing, is excellent. It begins by providing a fundamental foundation of skills and content before presenting more specific choices that allow you to specialise or to remain quite broad. T...

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee:  £12,996 p.a

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements


Associate Professor in History

Lecturer in History

Lecturer in History

Lecturer in History

Lecturer in History

Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities

Visiting Senior Fellow in History

Academic Administrator

Associate Professor of History

Facilities and Resources

The majority of History teaching and learning takes place in our superbly equipped, modern Waterfront or Atrium buildings.  You'll also find plenty of areas for quiet study or a bite to eat throughout the campus.

Students at Suffolk also benefit from a fantastic range of research opportunities from the local archives to our close proximity to national collections in London, such as the National Archives at Kew. 

In addition to our physical library, we also have access to a superb range of online resources from e-books and journals to primary source collections such as newspapers, Parliamentary Papers, Early English Books Online and Queen Victoria's diaries.

We work closely with Suffolk Record Office and their recent relocation to a purpose-built centre at the University of Suffolk creates even more opportunities for History students. 'The Hold' is opened in 2020 and brings all of the treasures and expertise of Suffolk Record Office to our campus, creating additional opportunities for research, collaboration and joint ventures.