STUDY

Undergraduate

BA (Hons) History

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Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: V100
Start date: September 2024
Duration: Three years full time.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level)
Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: V100
Start date: September 2024
Duration: Three years full time.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level)
Course information table
Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: V100
Start date: September 2025
Duration: Three years full-time.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level).
Course information table
Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: V100
Start date: September 2025
Course information table
Duration: Three years full-time.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level).

Overview

The legacies of the past are all around us. From the structure of institutions to the shape of economies; from the ways we think to the course of social movements; and from the problems of our day to the relationships that give our lives meaning, history’s influences are complex and subtle. Historians explore a wide range of evidence to construct interpretations of human behaviour and thinking in the past, communicating them to a variety of audiences to better make sense of the world around us. 

Undertaking a history degree with us allows you to study what you’re passionate about while gaining the tools, skills, and experience to stand out in the workplace or further study as a critical thinker with deep understandings of context, continuity, and change, and ready to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow with confidence, resilience, and creativity. 

Our BA (Hons) History spans a wide chronology from the early medieval period to the modern day. The course leads students on an exploration of experiences and themes in both Global and British History, developing an awareness of national, regional, and local experiences and perspectives and their interrelationships. Classroom learning is augmented with regular trips, social events and external lectures to help you have fun, make new friends and widen your horizons, and there are opportunities to undertake study abroad, work placements, and work with external organisations on community-based projects to help equip you with the skills and confidence necessary to launch a successful career or business. Progressing through the course, students will continually build their knowledge, skills, experience, portfolio, and historical practice and, by the end, will produce a specialist dissertation project on a topic of their choosing.  

Joining our community of scholars means you will study in one of England’s richest historical landscapes, benefit from exciting opportunities to work directly with our community and heritage partners on a variety of projects, be taught and mentored by expert and supportive staff, and enjoy our modern facilities, including unrivalled access to The Hold, the flagship branch of the Suffolk Archives located right on our campus which puts over 900 years of historical documents at your fingertips. 

The University of Suffolk is world-class and committed to our region. We are proudly modern and innovative and we believe in transformative education. We are on the rise with a focus on student satisfaction, graduate prospects, spending on academic services and student facilities.

100%

student satisfaction for History

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2022

6th

in the UK for History

The Guardian University Guide

95%

in the UK for graduates in a career 15 months after graduation

Graduate Outcomes Survey

Course Modules

Our undergraduate programmes are delivered as 'block and blend' - more information can be found on Why Suffolk? You can also watch our Block and Blend video.

Your first year with us will introduce you to the study of history at university level, providing you with the chance to hone your research and communication skills and attune your awareness of foundational approaches and periods of history. Your second year will give you the opportunity to increase your familiarity with the practice of history, exploring themes and processes and working with your peers and our partners on public history projects. Your final year will see you dive deep into specialist subjects and approaches. You will also work directly under the mentorship of a member of our course team on a research project of your own topic and design. This 8,000 word dissertation will be the capstone of your time with us and is an opportunity to showcase all your talent, creativity, and skill. 

Downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

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5th place in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards for Career Prospects 2023

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14th place in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards for Student Support 2023

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

A history degree prepares you for a very wide variety of career paths and we’re excited to help you on that journey. Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube from 2014-2023), President of the United States Joe Biden, and Sacha Baron Cohen, as just three examples, have all graduated from history programmes. Many of the skills we focus on appear in the World Economic Forum’s list of top 10 skills of 2050, including analytical and critical thinking, active learning, analysis, creativity, flexibility, problem-solving, and comfort tackling complexity. It’s no surprise that The Telegraph ranks History as one of the Top Ten subjects for employability.

Graduates of our programme go on to careers in a broad range of sectors, including:

  • Education
  • Archive and library services
  • Museum and heritage industries
  • The civil service
  • Local and national government
  • Media and advertising
  • Publishing and journalism
     

We also have a high rate of success for our alumni going on to further study as they pursue their goals. Whatever you want to achieve, we look forward to working with you along the way. 

Your Course Team

Dr Harvey Osborne

Harvey is Course Leader for History at the University of Suffolk and a historian of modern Britain.

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Dr Keith Ruiter

Keith is Senior Lecturer in History.

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Dr Michael Sauter

Michael is Associate Professor of History and an historian of early modern Europe, with specialisations in intellectual history and the history of science.

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Professor Brian McCook

Brian is Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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Vivienne Aldous

History lecturer Vivienne Aldous spent more than 20 years as a professional archivist and brings practical archival research experience to the University.

Dr Louise Carter

Louise is a Lecturer in History, whose interests include gender in Georgian society, early-modern witch hunts and the impact of war on childhood.

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Dr Maximilian Drephal

Maximilian Drephal is a historian of empire. He has particular interests in the international history of modern Afghanistan and colonial South Asia.

Dr John Greenacre

John is a military historian with a particular interest in 20th Century conflict.

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Fees and Funding

UK Full-time Tuition Fee

£9,250

per year
UK Part-time Tuition Fee

£1,454*

per 20 credit module
International Full-time Tuition Fee

£14,610

per year

*Please contact the Student Centre for further details

The decision to study a degree is an investment into your future, there are various means of support available to you in order to help fund your tuition fees and living costs. You can apply for funding from the Spring before your course starts.

UK Fees and Finance UK Bursaries and Scholarships International Fees and Scholarships

Fees and Funding

UK Full-time Tuition Fee*

£9,250

per year
UK Part-time Tuition Fee*

£1,454*

per 20 credit module
International Full-time Tuition Fee**

£13,992

per year

* Maximum tuition fees chargeable to Home-fee students are set by the UK Government normally in the autumn or early winter in the year prior to the year of entry (e.g. autumn 2024 for entry in 2025/26). The University of Suffolk reserves the right to increase tuition fees for 2025/26 if the UK Government increases the maximum annual fee. **International tuition fees for 2025/26 will be confirmed and updated here in April 2024.

The decision to study a degree is an investment into your future, there are various means of support available to you in order to help fund your tuition fees and living costs. You can apply for funding from the Spring before your course starts.

UK Fees and Finance UK Bursaries and Scholarships International Fees and Scholarships

Ipswich Award

The University of Suffolk is offering a £1,000 Award for students joining the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich campus. The Award is based on specific eligibility criteria based on your year of entry.

More information
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How to Apply

To study this course on a full-time basis, you can apply through UCAS. As well as providing your academic qualifications, you’ll be able to showcase your skills, qualities and passion for the subject.

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Jack Shaw, BA (Hons) History

"The History Department is brilliant. It has long been recognised as one of the best in the country and continues to outperform its counterparts. Don’t just take my word for it – History at Suffolk is ranked second on the Guardian’s 2020 league table, one above Oxford."

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