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History and Philosophy BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: VVC5

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(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 varied and challenging Joint Honours degree allows you to gain a deeper understanding of human thought and action over time.

You’ll discover key concepts and topics such as logic, ethics and historiography through core modules, where you’ll also develop research skills and learn to construct effective arguments. Then you’ll build on this knowledge base by choosing from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on topics that interest you across periods and cultures.

Our Schools of History and Philosophy, Religion and History of Science are large enough to host an impressively diverse range of research interests. That means we can offer degrees with plenty of choice so you can shape your degree to suit you.

Philosophy of the mind, religion or science, the Crusades, imperial Russia or modern China – whatever you’re looking for, the chances are you’ll find it at Leeds. You’ll also develop a range of skills that really stand out to employers.

The University of Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy and history. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

In your first year you’ll study core modules in both subjects, which will lay the groundwork for your degree. You’ll develop an awareness of historiography and explore key issues in philosophy. You’ll also build key skills in each subject, such as constructing effective arguments. You’ll also have the chance to take optional modules on topics such as philosophy of the mind or science, or key periods of history, or you can study discovery modules from across the University.

You’ll build on these foundations in the following year, when you’ll choose from optional modules in each subject. You’ll maintain a balance across earlier and more recent history, as well as key areas in philosophy such as logic and language, mind and knowledge or value philosophy.

In your final year you’ll continue to take a balanced approach to your choice of philosophical topics while focusing on a specific aspect of history in your special subject. The choices on offer reflect the research interests of our diverse School from the medieval period to the present day, and cut across historical approaches and geographies.

You’ll also have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in research, interpretation and analysis when you undertake an independently researched dissertation.

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
Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits
Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits

Optional modules

History of Psychology 10 credits
The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
Knowledge, Self and Reality 20 credits
Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century 20 credits
Urban Experience and Identity in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Victorian England: Aristocracy and Democracy, 1865-1901 20 credits
The Cult of Saints in Medieval Europe c.400-c.1500 20 credits
Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour, 1660-1870 20 credits
Britain and the Atlantic World 20 credits
Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform 20 credits
Britain and Decolonisation - from the Western Front to the Present Day 20 credits
20th Century Britain: The Burdens of Conflict 1900-1945 20 credits
Life and Death in British India, 1690-1871 20 credits
The American Century, 1941-1980 20 credits
The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848 20 credits
Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
History on the High Street 20 credits
History in the Media 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits
Ancient Philosophy 20 credits
Political Philosophy 20 credits
Moral Philosophy 20 credits
Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence 20 credits
Philosophy of Religion 20 credits
Introduction to Metaphysics 20 credits
Philosophical Issues in Biology 20 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Thinking about History 20 credits
Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 40 credits
The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-1940 40 credits
The Third Reich, 1933-1945 40 credits
The Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1945-1970 40 credits
De Tocqueville and the Democratic Regime 40 credits
Consumer Society in Historical Perspective 20 credits
White Africans: Intimacy, Race and Power 40 credits
Stalin and Stalinism 40 credits
Heathens and Slaves: Evangelicalism, Race and Empire, 1765-1785 20 credits
The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 1979 40 credits
Doomed to Failure? European Great Power Politics from Bismarck to the Outbreak of World War I 20 credits
Philosophy of Mind 20 credits
The Structure of Reality 20 credits
Philosophy of Modern Physics 20 credits
Existentialism and Phenomenology 20 credits
External Placement: Beyond the University 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read History and Philosophy 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

Our tutors in the School of History and the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science are at the forefront of research in their fields.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles so you can benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars and group work. Independent study is also an important element of the course, allowing you to develop your research and analytical skills.


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 or oral presentations as part of the mix. We offer plenty of support, including 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: AAB including A in History 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. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

  • BTEC

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

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in History.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in History in Advanced Highers and AABBB 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: 80% including 85% in History.

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

Where 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 ABB 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: BBB at A Level including History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate 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 Philosophy, Religion and History of Science 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

You’ll gain a broad base of skills from a Joint Honours degree in History and Philosophy.

As well as in-depth subject knowledge, you’ll have good research skills and be able to analyse complex information from a range of sources. You’ll be able to construct clear and persuasive arguments, and present and defend them using your advanced communication skills. You’ll also have good organisational skills from juggling two different subjects.

Graduates have pursued diverse careers that reflect this variety, in areas like advertising and marketing, journalism, education, charity work, the civil service, business and finance, law and publishing.

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

All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

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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