History (2017 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

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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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Course content

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)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

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: 

  • The American Past 
  • Local History Before 1750

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Sources and Debates 
  • Company and Crown in India 1818-1928: The Cultural History of The Raj
  • Medieval Islam
  • Natural Cultures: Humans and their Environments since 1700

Optional core modules: 

  • State and Empire in Britain, c.1530-c.1720
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe 
  • Victorian Society 
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe, 1918-1938 
  • Imperialism and Empire 
  • Power in the Modern World 

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
  • 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  
  • Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain 
  • Middle Ages on Film
  • The Making of Middle Britain: A N
  • The Making of Middle Britain: The Mercian Moment
  • Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German 'Modernity' 1900-1933
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj: The Partition of India

Elective modules: 

  • 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 
  • The American Past 
  • Local History Before 1750

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Sources and Debates 
  • Company and Crown in India 1818-1928: The Cultural History of The Raj
  • Medieval Islam
  • Natural Cultures: Humans and their Environments since 1700

Optional core modules: 

  • State and Empire in Britain, c.1530-c.1720 
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe 
  • Victorian Society
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe 
  • Imperialism and Empire 
  • The Holocaust 
  • Power in the Modern World 

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
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain 
  • Middle Ages on Film
  • The Making of Middle Britain: A N
  • The Making of Middle Britain: The Mercian Moment
  • Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German 'Modernity' 1900-1933
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj: The Partition of India

Elective modules:

  • The Art of Dying 
  • 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
  • The American Past 
  • Local History Before 1750

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Sources and Debates 
  • Company and Crown in India 1818-1928: The Cultural History of The Raj
  • Medieval Islam
  • Natural Cultures: Humans and their Environments since 1700

Optional core modules: 

  • State and Empire in Britain, c.1530-c.1720
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • Victorian Society
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire
  • The Holocaust
  • Power in the Modern World

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain 
  • Middles Ages on Film
  • The Making of Middle Britain: A N
  • The Making of Middle Britain: The Mercian Moment
  • Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German 'Modernity' 1900-1933
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj: The Partition of India

Elective modules: 

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

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

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

History with Foundation Year: VV10 View Unistats for this course

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).

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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.