Ranked 8th out of 96 History degree courses in the UK for overall student satisfaction, and joint 4th highest for quality of teaching.

Data taken from National Student Survey 2020


Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site and right in the heart of a beautiful cathedral city, is the perfect place to study History.

The academic team are all professional historians, active researchers and published authors of national and international acclaim.

The course they’ve designed allows you to follow your interests wherever they may lead. In your second and third years you can study a specific period or mix-and-match several.

Why Study History?

Delve deep into history and build your knowledge of significant people, places and events and their impact on society, all within a city that is steeped in history.

From the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral to the ancient St Augustine's Abbey, our campus is just footsteps from these fascinating sites, so you can immerse yourself in history from day one.


Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

In Year 1, you'll gain a firm grounding in the main themes and issues relating to the major periods of history (ancient, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary). This introduction will prepare you for studying specific periods in more depth as you progress through your degree.


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and (where relevant to your module) field trips. You will typically have around 9 contact hours per week although your contact hours in Years 2 and 3 will depend on the optional modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

You will also be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors who have office hours devoted to students each week, and through one-to-one tutorials during a designated tutorial week in each semester. In addition, you will meet periodically with your personal academic tutor. All modules are supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE), providing information about modules and a variety of learning and support materials. You'll also have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.

In Year 2, you'll have an opportunity to take an employability module to help develop specific graduate skills.

For your core module you'll have access to PebblePad, a reflective online space where you can construct a portfolio of evidence of your activities that can be exported after graduation. This provides you with a ready-made demonstration of your own development and skills.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before classes.

For the dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the History team who you will meet with regularly.

You are expected to spend 37 hours per week studying, of which around 9 hours would be contact time.

You will be taught by staff who are professional historians, experts in their fields, and active, published researchers of national and international standing and repute.

All our team members hold doctoral qualifications and have extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our History subject area web page.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, working alongside experienced members of staff. The permanent course team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars across all three years of the degree.

I felt part of a community of scholars in which there was very strong cooperation between staff and students. The location was perfect, in the shadow of Canterbury cathedral and St Augustine’s abbey, with archaeological investigations in progress on campus as I was studying.

Andrew LeachBA Hons History

National Student Survey 2020

of our History students were satisfied with the teaching quality of their course.

How you’ll be assessed

Our History modules are assessed by a variety of methods, with coursework being by far the most common. The coursework component typically involves essays, document analyses, presentations, portfolio assignments, VLE based projects, and class-based multiple choice tests. A few modules, however, do have a formal, written examination component; where this is present, it counts for no more than 50% of the overall module assessment. Usually, each module has two pieces of assessment of different kinds, though some modules have just one assessment.

You must achieve a pass mark of 40 or above in all Year 1 modules order to progress to Year 2.

83% Coursework
17% Exams

Your future career

'After leaving Christ Church and its historians I did a stint in the private sector before finding my real calling as a campaigner within the UK voluntary sector, becoming Head of Campaigns for the RNID (now re-named Action on Hearing Loss). In parallel I became involved with political think-tanks such as the Fabian Society writing on foreign policy issues. In both cases my History degree was useful both in terms of content (how political issues are understood and acted upon) and training (how to construct a sound argument). I am now Head of Communications at International Alert, an NGO for which I continue to use those same skills working in armed conflicts around the world.' 

Chris Underwood

Since graduating, I have worked in marketing roles for a consumer magazine publisher, a top digital agency and now, for an international television channel.

Laura JonesWorks in TV

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our History students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

Courses UCAS Code Placement Year
American Studies TV71 -
Archaeology VV41 -
Business Management VN11 N1V2
Early Childhood Studies XV31 -
Education Studies XV3C -
English Literature VQ13 -
Film, Radio and Television VW16 -
International Relations LVF1 -
Politics LV21 -
Psychology CV81 -
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics VV16 -
Sociology  LV31 -
Sport and Exercise Psychology VC18 -
Sport and Exercise Science CV61 -
Theology VV61 -
Tourism Studies NV81 -

Combined Honours explained.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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