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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
V100
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

 
  • 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2018 and seven out of the last eight years.
  • 5th in UK for History in The Guardian University Guide 2019 subject rankings. 
  • Ranked Top 5 for History on student satisfaction by The Complete University Guide.
  • 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!

 

Introduction

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 asssessments 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 opportunites 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.

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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 twelve-week modules per year, three in the autumn semester and three in the spring semester.  Part-time students can take one or two modules per semester.  A few modules will be manadatory but most will be optional according to interests.

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 2018-19 will include:

History Skills I

This module introduces students to the skills and methods required for successful historical research, analysis and writing at BA level. More on History Skills I

The British Story 1500-1780

Explore the dramatic changes within society, culture, politics, national identity, the economy, population size and structure, global reach and influence that marked the British Story 1500-1780. More on The British Story 1500-1780

The Rise of the West? 1500-1905

This module explores why a handful of nation–states concentrated in north-western Europe came to hold such seemingly total and globe-spanning power by 1905, yet hardly existed in 1500.  More on The Rise of The West?

History Skills II

How and why has the study of the past evolved?  This module introduces students to the development of history as an academic discipline and the key theoretical and methodological concepts that underpin the practice of history. More on History Skills II

The British Story 1780-2001

The British Story continues into the modern era, exploring the sesismic changes, challenges and opportunities in society, culture, economy, politics and international status that occured from 1780 onwards. More on The British Story 1780-2001

The Decline of the West? 1905-2001

Has ‘the West’ declined compared to ‘the Rest’ since the start of the twentieth century? Explore conflicting sources and perspectives as the story of the West plays out across the twentieth century. More on The Decline of the West?

The British Empire 1607-1997

How did the British empire shape the history of the coloniser and the colonised between the founding of Jamestown in 1607 and the return of Hong Kong in 1997? More on The British Empire 1607-1997

Europe in the Age of Total War 1914-45

Should we examine the period 1914-1945 as an ongoing ‘great civil war’ between competing ideologies, rather than as a period of two world wars separated by an uneasy peace? More on Europe in the Age of Total War

Sex and Gender in British Society since 1500

How and why have ideas about what it means to be be male or female changed over the past 500 years and how has this shaped the experiences of both men and women? More on Sex and Gender

Suffolk Lives 1500-1988

What role have Suffolk men and women such as Cardinal Wolsey, John Winthrop and Margaret Catchpole played in national and international events over the last 500 years? What does this reveal about our locality, individual agency and the value of micro-history? More on Suffolk Lives

The Cold War

This module explores the international origins, course and consequences of the Cold War, from the end of the Second World War to 1991 (and beyond). More on The Cold War.

Country Life: British Rural Society, 1750-1925

Country life was the norm for most Britons until the late nineteenth century, but rural society underwent enormous transformation between 1750 to 1925.  What consequences did this have for the inhabitants each of the four nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and what do these changes reveal? More on Country Life

Researching History

This module is designed to give students a thorough grounding in research skills in preparation for the dissertation. It is taught in close collaboartion with Suffolk Record Office. More on Researching History

Group Project: Work-Related Learning in History

This option gives students the opportunity to work with local organisations such as schools, museums or local organisations to research and produce a real-world, public-history orientated outcome such as a film, historical guide, revision guide, lesson plan or guided-walk app. More on Group Project

History Dissertation

The highlight and culmination of your time as a history student! The chance to put all your skills into practice to design, research and write up a 10,000 word piece of original research on a topic of your choosing. More on History Dissertation

A History of Genocide

Explore the causes and course of various episodes of genocide throughout world history, including particular case studies focusing on the Native Americans, Armenia, the Jewish Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda. More on A History of Genocide

The Unquiet Countryside, 1750-1920

What motivated popular protest in the British countryside between 1750 and 1920 and what does it tell us about modernity, politics, community, class, land, 'social crime' and continuity and change? More on The Unquiet Countryside

Career Planning: Work-Related Learning in History

This module is all about preparing history students for a successful launch into graduate employment. It offers the opportunity for a work placement, plus workshops on available careers, CV preparation and mock interviews. More on Career Planning

Gender, War and Empire in British Society 1750-1930

How did the ideas Britons held about gender shape their experiences of war and empire and vice versa? We'll explore themes such as: heroism, propaganda, slavery, consumption, race and sexuality, suffrage and emigration. More on Gender, War and Empire

The Witch-Hunt in East Anglia and Beyond

East Anglia was the location of the largest witch-hunt in English history. Why? And how did this local hunt compare to those in other regions of the British Isles, Europe and the New World? More on The Witch-Hunt

Suffolk at War, 1914-1993

How did twentieth-century experiences of war impact on Suffolk and its inhabitants, from the deployment of local armed forces in the World Wars and Cold War, to the establishment of American bases and the consequences for civilians? More on Suffolk at War.

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

After a very successful final year at Suffolk, securing first class honours and becoming joint winner of the History dissertation prize, Jack went travelling in Asia and returned to the UK to become an intern at the Houses of Parliament. He is currently working for Margot James, M...

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • 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 your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Including A-Level History at grade C or above.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.      

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Associate Professor in History

Lecturer in History

Lecturer in History

Lecturer in History

Lecturer in History

Visiting Lecturer in History

Course Administrator

Lecturer in 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 already work closely with Suffolk Record Office but their relocation to a purpose-built centre at the University of Suffolk will bring even more opportunities for History students. 'The Hold' is due to open in 2019 and will bring all of the treasures and expertise of Suffolk Record Office to our campus, creating additional opportunities for research, collaboration and joint ventures.