Why study History at Warwick?
- The disciplinary range and geographical scope of our teaching in the Department of History is extensive. Our expertise covers Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America, Britain, continental Europe, and Asia.
- We are consistently ranked by national league tables as one of the best History departments in the UK. We have a strong international reputation and were ranked 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.
- History students specialising in Early Modern and Renaissance will spend a term in Venice, taught by Warwick tutors at the University’s permanent base there, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, a 15th-century building close to the Grand Canal.
Dr Sarah Hodges
Department of History
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I study?
This course builds a sound knowledge of modern world history through a wide range of topics, sources and study skills. You will learn to understand the motivations and backgrounds behind modern world events and identities. When you arrive at Warwick, you will choose either the Renaissance and Modern, or the Modern stream.
Within these there is flexibility to choose from a variety of study options, spanning geography and time, so your course can change as your interests evolve. These cover British, European, American, Asian and African history, enabling you to specialise in areas of pre-existing academic interest or explore new and constantly evolving global histories. You can also choose outside options from a compatible academic field, including a foreign language.
You will learn to assess and analyse large quantities of information taken from historical sources including texts, images and film, and to present well-structured conclusions. We encourage you to develop your own thoughts and arguments, and to critically analyse others before presenting your own case.
Your first year comprises core modules covering key subject knowledge and research skills. All Renaissance and Modern stream students also study Italian in preparation for the third-year ‘Venice term’. Second and third-year options examine topics including British imperialism, slavery, and the significance of gender, crime, religious conflict or health in history. Students in the Renaissance and Modern stream study in Venice for the first term of their final year at Warwick’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, learning about the cultural, economic, political, religious and social history of Venice and Florence.
How will I be taught?
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, web forums, podcasts, workshops, presentations, film analysis, group work and field trips. For core modules there are usually two lectures and one hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars. Seminar groups are small, providing a valuable opportunity for you to work closely with your lecturers. Many modules focus on well-established themes in political, religious, cultural or social history while others explore topics far removed from the usual A level syllabus. Third-year study is heavily weighted towards seminar teaching and includes an individually supervised 9,000-word dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
You will receive regular feedback throughout your course on developmental assignments and assessed essays, and will sit end-of-year exams.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
History students choosing the Renaissance and Early Modern stream on arrival at Warwick spend the autumn term of their final year studying with Warwick tutors in Venice. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAA, to include History.
International Baccalaureate 38 points, with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access to HE Diploma QAA recognised diploma including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
All candidates (including those taking vocational qualifications) are generally required to achieve A in A level History (or equivalent). Applicants must have three A levels; the Department cannot accept two AS levels in place of a third A level.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All offers are accompanied by an invitation to attend a Departmental Open Day in February, March or April. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules can I study?
The Single Honours History degree programme offers a well-structured history degree, built around core modules in each of the three years, while allowing a wide range of options to suit individual interests. You will choose between two broad pathways: Modern History, which includes some early modern history but allows the maximum choice of options, or Renaissance and Modern History which places greater emphasis on the early modern period including one term of the final year spent studying the Italian renaissance in Venice. The choice of pathway is made when students arrive at Warwick.
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in History lead to?
The range of transferable skills gained studying History make graduates very competitive in the job market, particularly in areas such as law, finance, journalism/media, marketing, public relations, government, teaching, and the heritage industry. Many graduates choose to continue their academic studies at MA and PhD level.
Career destinations of our most recent graduates include: Researcher (politics), Aequitas; Risk Consultant, KPMG; Global Investment Banking Analyst, UBS; Broadcast Assistant, BBC; Communications Intern, Teach Africa.
* NB. Applicants for Single Honours History do not need to indicate a preference for one of the two streams on offer. The choice of stream is made when students arrive at Warwick.
A level: AAA including History
IB: 38 points with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of History
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.