BA single honours or in combination with another subject History 2016/17

History at Canterbury Christ Church is a thriving programme which combines innovative high-quality teaching with internationally-acclaimed research in a friendly and supportive learning environment. You can study History as a single honours degree or as a combined honours degree in tandem with a second subject. Some Archaeology modules are also open to History students or you can opt to take an honours degree in History with Archaeology.

The student learning experience is at the heart of our work. All of our undergraduate modules are highly-rated by external examiners and other quality auditors, and we get very high satisfaction rates in the National Student Survey. Our philosophy of teaching emphasizes active and shared learning: our students not only learn from their tutors and from their own individual research and reflection, but also from each other. We work to foster a culture of collaboration, both between students and between tutors and students, in both virtual learning environments and in the classroom.

Our lecturers research diverse and fascinating areas such as medieval Queenship, the Vietnam War, poverty and popular protest, and the Crusades. Our research informs our teaching, which means your classroom experience is always on the cutting edge of what we know about the past.

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

The History programme offers both breadth and depth and is one of the few in the UK university sector flexible enough to allow students to blend in roughly equal measure medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history, or else to bias their module choices (particularly in Years 2 and 3) in favour of one of these key periodizations.

In Year 1 we provide students with a good grounding in the main historical themes and issues relating to the major periods of history they will encounter in Years 2 and 3, thus allowing them to make an informed choice as to which modules they will go on to take in their two degree-shaping years.

Beyond this, the Year 1 experience aims to help students hone the key skills they will need in order to excel in the their undergraduate career.

In Years 2 and 3, a single honours candidate may choose to spend the bulk of their time immersed in a specific period of history, or alternatively they may blend modules from all four periods covered at Canterbury Christ Church. In addition, students can take modules in archaeology in order to construct a degree in History with Archaeology. A combined honours student may also focus their studies in a particular period, or else opt for a variety of periods and historical genres (to the extent that their second-subject timetable allows).

The department has great strength in medieval and early modern history and archaeology (especially of the British Isles and Ireland), and Year 2 and 3 modules can include Anglo-Saxon Archaeology; The Vikings; The Crusades; Britain and Ireland 1100-1300; The Wars of the Roses; Tudor and Stuart Women; English Social History 1450-1750; and the British Civil Wars. Modern History is another teaching and research strength. In Years 2 and 3 modules can range from studies of social protest and popular politics in 18th-19th century Britain, and European history in the Age of Revolution (1789-1914), to modern Britain in the Age of Empire and Total War, the Europe of the Dictators, and the Cold War.

The History with Archaeology programme is a relatively new and exciting development that allows students to combine document-based history with study of a broad range of material evidence including artefacts and standing buildings. Canterbury and East Kent are rich in material for the study of the prehistoric, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods and the teaching team on the programme have a wealth of practical experience in the Archaeology both of Kent and of the British Isles beyond.

We take very seriously the future employability of our students, advising and encouraging them on career choices. Employers value the skills that a History graduate brings with them, including the ability to discern the vital from the less important in a mass of data, to think critically, to problem-solve, and to express themselves lucidly and cogently both on paper and orally. Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of areas - print and television journalism, business and management, industry, advertising, law, public administration, finance, education, museums, heritage and leisure.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively
  • Intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research
  • Ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities effectively
  • Ability to discuss ideas in groups, and to negotiate, question and summarise
  • Capacity to think objectively and approach problems and new situations with an open mind

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with History.

First Year Modules

  • Making History: An Introduction to the Study and Writing of History
  • Snapshots in Time: History and Historiographical Controversy
  • Kings Queens and Conquerors in Medieval Europe
  • Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution in the Early Modern World
  • The Making of Modernity: Enlightenment, Nation and Empire
  • Crisis, Conflict and Collapse: An Introduction to Contemporary History
  • Archaeological Skills*
  • Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology*
  • Introduction to the Roman World

Archaeology modules marked with an asterisk are only available to those studying History with Archaeology (V1V4)

Year 2 (Level 5) modules from September 2015

The precise number and content of modules to be offered will vary from year to year. Please contact the department if you have any further questions or require more specific information. 

  • Approaches to Archaeological Interpretation*
  • Data Analysis in Archaeology*
  • Castles in Medieval Society
  • The Age of the Tudors, 1485-1603
  • Sex, Deviance and Death in the 16th Century
  • Russia and the Soviet Union, 1861-2000: Revolution, Continuity and Change
  • Fascism in the Twentieth Century
  • Terror, Consent and Resistance in Nazi Germany
  • The Cold War
  • Rebellion and Popular Protest in Tudor and Early Stuart England
  • Land of Hope and Glory? Britain since 1900
  • War on the 'Front Line': Kent and the Two World Wars
  • 'Isolation to Domination': The United States of America, 1914-1945
  • Extended Essay
  • Life and Death in Medieval Europe
  • Anarchy, Law, War and Tyranny: Angevin England, 1128-1216
  • The Crusades, c.1095-1229
  • 'The Monstrous Regiment': Women in Tudor and Stuart England

Archaeology modules marked with an asterisk are only available to those studying History with Archaeology (V1V4) )

Year 3 (Level 6) modules from September 2015

The precise number and content of modules to be offered will vary from year to year. Please contact the department if you have any further questions or require more specific information. 

  • Independent Study (40 credits)
  • Roman Frontiers: Life and Interaction at the Edges of Empire
  • Britain in the Early Medieval World
  • Queens, Maidens and Dowagers: Women in Medieval England
  • From Richard II to The Wars of the Roses: Politics and Society, 1377-1509
  • The Russian Revolution, 1917-21
  • King Stephen, Empress Matilda and the Anarchy: The Anglo-Norman Dominions, 1120-1154
  • A Superhero History: Truth, Justice and the American Way
  • Poverty, Prostitution, Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-1800
  • 'The Troubles': War, Rebellion and Loyalty in Ireland
  • In Search of the Past: The Meanings of Heritage
  • Crimes, Courts and Social Protest in Early Modern England
  • The Stuart State: Britain, 1603-1714
  • War and Revolution in Vietnam, 1930-1975


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

UK/EU part-time and Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

Knowledge and understanding, cognitive and intellectual skills, subject specific knowledge and graduate skills are acquired through lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials, visits and independent study. Honours students are delivered via lectures, tutorials, seminars and student-led sessions organised and collated on the VLE, while the learning outcomes for the ‘Issues in History’ module are facilitated via regular tutorials, plus independent interaction between group members collated in a dedicated group area on the VLE.

At Level 5, learning and teaching strategies embrace lectures, tutorials and seminars, including student-led sessions organised around group-project presentations collated on the VLE. Learning and teaching strategies also embrace seminar sessions introduced and led by students speaking on the topic of an extended essay.

At Level 6, learning and teaching strategies embrace lectures, tutorials and seminars, including document workshops and student-led sessions following on from student interactive group reviews developed via the University VLE (or other VLE) in advance of the seminar. Learning and teaching strategies also embrace VLE-based interactive source-analysis skills workshops, and seminars that principally take the form of document workshops led by students introducing working papers. For students undertaking an individual study, learning and teaching strategies include not only regular one-to-one tutorials between individual students and their topic supervisor but also general lectures on research and reporting/writing techniques, and seminars introduced by students reporting work in progress.

We employ a variety of methods for assessing historical knowledge and understanding -  end of module examinations, extended essays, group and individual presentations, book and article reviews, individual research projects, final year dissertations, and web-based and interactive “virtual” seminars – which not only contribute to determining a student’s final degree outcome, but to developing and honing the kinds of skills (oral, written and technological) that employers find so valuable in History graduates.

We encourage students to spend time abroad because we understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. As part of this programme you can apply to our internal competition to study at one of our exchange partners in the USA or Canada as part of your degree. Find out more by visiting our study in North America web page.

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