(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

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.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: V101

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Course Overview


School link:
School of Humanities

Such an appreciation of the past is essential to understanding where we are today and how we’re attempting to shape the future – even societies in the very distant past can be highly relevant in this respect. 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 methods used in its pursuit. You’ll take classes with world-renowned experts who love their subjects and love to teach too. You can choose History by itself or combine it with subjects including English Literature, American Studies, Politics or Law.

What will this mean for my future?

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.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Modern History
  • Medieval Europe

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
  • The Making of Modern Germany