History (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years/ 4 years with international year, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Develop a lifelong appreciation of the historical past as well as its influence on the societies of today and tomorrow.

At Keele, you’ll study the way humans have always tried to organise their lives – physically and conceptually, individually and together. Such an appreciation of the past is essential to understanding where we are today and how we’re attempting to shape the future, and even societies in the very distant past can be highly relevant. You’ll learn the skills of the historian as you deepen your understanding of eras, continents and cultures from political, social and religious perspectives. You’ll develop an understanding of different approaches to history and the range of skills and methods used in its pursuit.

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Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours History. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Historical Research and Writing 
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday 

Optional core modules: 

  • Modern History 
  • Anglo-Saxon England
  • History Media and Memory 
  • Medieval Europe 
  • Princes and Peoples: European History, c.1490-c.1700 

Elective modules: 

  • Modern Local History, from c.1750  
  • Places and Peoples: Local History c.1750-c.2000
  • The American Past 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Sources and Debates 

Optional core modules: 

  • State and Empire in Britain, c.1530-c.1720 
  • Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c.900-c.1250 
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe 
  • Victorian Society 
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe, 1918-1938 
  • Imperialism and Empire 
  • English Radicals and Writers 
  • Power in the Modern World 
  • Anglo-Gascon Aquitaine 

Elective modules: 

  • Work Experience for Historians 
  • History of the US in C20 
  • History of the American West 
  • Discovering America from Empires to Revolutions 
  • New World in Chains 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • History Dissertation 

Optional core modules: 

  • The English Civil War, c.1640-c.1646
  • Health, Illness and Medicine, 1628-1808 
  • After Hitler: the West German Transition to Democracy 
  • Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century 
  • Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1890-1914 
  • The World Turned Upside Down: English Revolution, c.1646-c.1653
  • Doctors and Medicine, 1808-1886 
  • The Making of Contemporary Africa 
  • Negotiating Nationalisms 
  • Kingship of Edward II 
  • Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain 

Elective modules: 

  • Unmissable Histories 
  • History and Biography 
  • Constructing Nations 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours History. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Historical Research and Writing 

Optional core modules: 

  • Modern History 
  • Medieval Europe 
  • Princes and Peoples: European History, c.1490-c.1700 

Elective modules:

  • Anglo-Saxon England 
  • History Media and Memory 
  • Modern Local History, from c.1750 
  • Places and Peoples: Local History, c.1750-c.2000
  • The American Past 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Sources and Debates 

Optional core modules: 

  • State and Empire in Britain, c.1530-c.1720 
  • Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c.900-c.1250
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe 
  • Victorian Society
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe 
  • Imperialism and Empire 
  • English Radicals and Writers
  • The Holocaust 
  • Power in the Modern World 
  • Anglo-Gascon Aquitaine 

Elective modules: 

  • Work Experience for Historians 
  • History of the US in C20 
  • History of the American West 
  • Discovering America from Empires to Revolutions 
  • New World in Chains 

Third year

Optional core modules: 

  • History Dissertation 
  • The English Civil War, c.1640-c.1646
  • Health, Illness and Medicine, 1628-1808 
  • After Hitler: The West German Transition to Democracy 
  • Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century
  • Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1890-1914 
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj 
  • Kingship of Edward II 
  • Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Georgian Britain 
  • The World Turned Upside Down: English Revolution c.1646-c.1653 
  • Doctors and Medicine, 1808-1886 
  • The Making of Contemporary Africa 
  • Negotiating Nationalisms 
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain 

Elective modules:

  • The Art of Dying 
  • Unmissable Histories 
  • History and Biography 
  • Constructing Nations 

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours History.

First year

Core modules:

  • Historical Research and Writing

Optional core modules: 

  • Modern History
  • Medieval Europe
  • Princes and Peoples: European History, c.1490-c.1700

 Elective modules: 

  • Anglo-Saxon England
  • History Media and Memory
  • Modern Local History, from c.1750
  • Places and Peoples: Local History, c.1750-c.2000
  • The American Past 

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Sources and Debates 

Optional core modules: 

  • State and Empire in Britain, c.1530-c.1720
  • Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c.900-c.1250
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • Victorian Society
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire
  • English Radicals and Writers
  • The Holocaust
  • Power in the Modern World
  • Anglo-Gascon Aquitaine 

Elective modules: 

  • Work Experience for Historians
  • History of the US in C20
  • History of the American West
  • Discovering America from Empires to Revolutions
  • New World in Chains 

Third year

Optional core modules: 

  • History Dissertation
  • The English Civil War, c.1640-c.1646
  • Health, Illness and Medicine, 1628-1808
  • After Hitler: The West German Transition to Democracy
  • Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century
  • Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1890-1914
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • Kingship of Edward II
  • Crisis, Conflict and Commerce
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Georgian Britain
  • The World Turned Upside Down: English Revolution c.1646-c.1653
  • Doctors and Medicine, 1808-1886
  • The Making of Contemporary Africa
  • Negotiating Nationalisms
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain 

Elective modules: 

  • The Art of Dying
  • Unmissable Histories
  • History and Biography
  • Constructing Nations

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 18%
Guided independent study – 82%

Second year

Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 16%
Guided independent study – 84%

Third year

Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 15%
Guided independent study – 85%

Skills and Careers

Studying History at Keele will provide you with important skills to carry through the rest of your life. You’ll develop the sort of enquiring, open-minded and creative attitude which employers are looking for. Some career options may require further study, but you could go on to work as a teacher, librarian, archivist, museum conservator, heritage manager, barrister, solicitor, civil service administrator, journalist, or a politician’s assistant or researcher.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

History with Foundation Year: VV10 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

For those taking a dual honours course it may be possible to choose an International Year as part of your degree resulting in a 4 year course.

On the History Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad. 

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Modern History
  • History Media and Memory

Second year

  • Sources and Debates
  • State and Empire in Britain, 1530-1720
  • Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, 900-1250
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire

Third year

  • History Dissertation
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • Kingship of Edward II
  • The Making of Contemporary Africa
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.