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Key facts

UCAS code: V100

Start date: September 2018

3 years

Typical A-level offer: AAA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This prestigious course allows you to explore a huge range of issues and themes, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 21st century and spanning across the globe.

Core modules will give you a firm foundation to understand historical change and gain valuable research skills. You can also choose from a wide selection of optional modules to explore periods and societies that really interest you. Whether it’s medieval medicine or modern Africa, there’s plenty to discover.

Our School of History is one of the largest in the UK, meaning we have expert tutors in an exceptionally broad range of areas – and their cutting-edge research will inform what and how you learn. We also have top-class facilities, including one of the biggest university libraries in England. It’s a great place to study one of the broadest and most challenging degrees on offer.

Leeds has excellent resources for historians. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, including several National Collections, and the University Library offers comprehensive training programmes to help you make the most of the facilities we have.

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Course content

Year 1 is about your transition to degree-level study. We help you to gain a good grounding in historical periods through modules in medieval and modern history. We also help you to develop strong research skills for the whole of your time at University and beyond.

Once you’ve built that base of knowledge and skills, you can choose optional modules across Year 2 to help you focus on the social, cultural, political or economic themes that suit your interests. You’ll study at least two modules in the modern period and two from earlier times, but you can really tailor your degree to suit you.

By Year 3, you’ll have a clear idea of how to apply what you’ve learnt to a special subject, focusing on a specific topic in depth with the help of primary sources. You’ll also put your knowledge and skills into practice when you write a longer research dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
Medieval and Renaissance Europe 20 credits
The Modern World 20 credits
Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits

Optional modules

Empire and Aftermath: The Mediterranean World from the Second to the Eighth Centuries 20 credits
Faith, Knowledge and Power, 1500-1750 20 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century 20 credits
The Crusades and Medieval Christendom 20 credits
Most Christian Kings: France, 1515-1715 20 credits
Voices of the People: Speech, Language and Oral Culture in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe 20 credits
Charles the Great to Alfred the Great: Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the Ninth Century 20 credits
Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-1135 20 credits
Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour, 1660-1870 20 credits
Britain and the Atlantic World 20 credits
Britain and the Industrial Revolution 20 credits
Patient Voices: Medicine and Healthcare in the Middle Ages 20 credits
20th Century Britain: The Burdens of Conflict 1900-1945 20 credits
20th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-1990 20 credits
The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-1993 20 credits
Communist Eastern Europe, 1945-89 20 credits
The American Century, 1941-1980 20 credits
Race, Gender and Cultural Protest in the US since 1865 20 credits
Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
History Students in Schools 20 credits
The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day 20 credits
American Business History 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

History Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

History on the High Street 20 credits
History in the Media 20 credits
Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 40 credits
The Third Reich, 1933-1945 40 credits
Caribbean Mobilities: Travel, Culture and Politics, 1838-1939 40 credits
Popular Belief in the Medieval West 1000-c.1500 40 credits
Chartism: Popular Politics and Authority in Northern England, 1838-1858 40 credits
Citizens of the World: British Merchants in the Long Eighteenth Century 40 credits
Europe in an Age of Total Warfare 40 credits
The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 40 credits
The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-1797 40 credits
The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968 40 credits
Memories: Autobiographies and Memoirs as Historical Sources 20 credits
War, Regicide and Republic: England, 1642-1660 20 credits
Printing and Books in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Pastors and Prelates: Bishops in England, France and Germany, 950-1100 20 credits
The Baltic Crusades: The Conquest and Conversion of North-Eastern Europe, 1180-1410 20 credits
Apartheid in South Africa: Origins, Impact and Legacy 20 credits
In the Shadow of Franco: Terror and its Legacy in Spain, 1936-Present Day 20 credits
Men and Masculinity in Britain, c.1860-1960: War, Work and Home 20 credits
From Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational War Volunteers 40 credits
War on Tribe or War on Terror? Historicizing Afghanistan and Pakistan 40 credits
The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 1979 40 credits
Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-59 40 credits
'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World 20 credits
Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-55 20 credits
Sweet Enemies? Britain and France from Waterloo to the Present 20 credits
The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-1991 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read History BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles, including lectures delivered by our expert tutors as well as seminars and group work. Independent study is also an important element of the course, allowing you to develop your research and analytical skills – and we have a wealth of resources from our libraries to computing facilities to help you develop as an independent learner.


Assessment methods may vary, depending on the modules you choose. Exams and essays are the most common, but some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other methods as part of the mix. We offer plenty of support, including the chance to attend extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring an essay if you need them.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including A in History if taken, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. 15 credits at level 3 at Distinction must be in History. An interview and a piece of written work are required.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, M1 including D3 in History

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in History

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA in Advanced Highers including an A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers History and AAABB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in History.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level including A in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in History if taken (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of History Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of History Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in History from Leeds will equip you with plenty of valuable skills for a range of different careers. You’ll be able to think critically and analyse information, asking the right questions and communicating your findings both verbally and in writing. Independence, self-motivation and initiative are also among the skills you will develop, so graduates from this degree are highly regarded by employers.

Recent graduates have gone into careers in marketing, journalism, teaching, publishing, the civil service, fashion, law, finance and heritage to name just a few.

Read more about Graduate destinations

We do everything we can to help prepare you for your career. Student-run career groups allow you to get together with other students who share your career goals, while you could also become a peer mentor or apply for one of our paid internships. Or you could take one of our career-related modules to develop your employability or explore your options.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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