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Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: VL13

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 Joint Honours degree will give you an insight into the structures that shape human societies, while allowing you to explore how those communities have changed over time.

You’ll consider the complexities of class, gender, race and other factors in different societies, while gaining an understanding of key themes in British, European and world history.

Core modules will introduce you to key theories and concepts in sociology, while in History you’ll focus on research methods and historiography. You’ll also choose from optional modules in both subjects, spanning from the early medieval period to today, cutting across cultures and considering some of the biggest social challenges faced in the modern world.

From the Crusades to decolonisation, drug policy to ethnicity and sexuality, this wide-ranging and exciting course will give you a real insight into the relationships between individuals and society. You’ll also gain valuable skills that are valuable to employers.

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

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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.

Core modules in your first year will develop your historical skills, as you’re introduced to historiography. You’ll also analyse contemporary British society and culture and explore the key issues and concepts of sociology.

Over the next two years, you’ll choose from an impressive variety of optional modules reflecting the full range of research interests in both subjects. You could cover disability studies, witch hunts in early modern Europe, crime and regulation, the Industrial Revolution, class division or recent African political history.

In your final year, you’ll be able to apply the research and analytical skills you’ve developed to an independently researched dissertation, where you can specialise in a subject 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
Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits
Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits
Formations of Modernity 20 credits

Optional modules

Understanding and Researching the City 20 credits
Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Central Problems in Sociology 20 credits

Optional modules

Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000 20 credits
The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century 20 credits
Most Christian Kings: France, 1515-1715 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
Environment and Environmentalism in Britain, c. 1750-1972 20 credits
Russia under the Romanovs, 1812-1917 20 credits
The American Century, 1941-1980 20 credits
The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
Crime, Race and Ethnicity 20 credits
Debates in Childhood and Youth 20 credits
The Sociology of Culture 20 credits
Sociology of Work 20 credits
Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies 20 credits
Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Thinking about History 20 credits
History on the High Street 20 credits
History in the Media 20 credits
Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 40 credits
Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-1952 40 credits
The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-1797 40 credits
The Troubles: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-Present 40 credits
The Baltic Crusades: The Conquest and Conversion of North-Eastern Europe, 1180-1410 20 credits
Empire, State and Society: Britain's Imperial Experience, c. 1870-1914 40 credits
White Africans: Intimacy, Race and Power 40 credits
The Korean War 40 credits
Apartheid in South Africa: Origins, Impact and Legacy 20 credits
Men and Masculinity in Britain, c.1860-1960: War, Work and Home 20 credits
Crime and Punishment in Colonial Southern Asia 20 credits
Caste and Politics in 20th Century India 20 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
Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies 20 credits
Sociology of Consumerism 20 credits
Class in Everyday Life 20 credits
Protest and Social Movements 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read History and Sociology 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

The Schools of History and Sociology and Social Policy are home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, there’s also an important element of independent learning throughout your degree, since this is where you develop your research and analytical skills.


In addition, we use different types of assessment. These normally involve a mixture of exams and essays, but in some modules oral presentations and group work may also be included. We’ll offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on public speaking, exam technique and structuring an essay.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C

  • 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. There are subject specific requirements for History modules. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. Grade 4/C in GCSE Mathematics is 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 overall (16 higher, including 6 higher points in History and 5 standard points in mathematics)

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

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

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AABBB overall (AB at Advanced level including A in History) OR AAABB (A in History at Advanced level).

  • 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 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 Joint Honours degree in History and Sociology equips you with a wide range of skills that are valuable to employers.

You’ll have a thorough understanding of some of the key issues faced in modern society, but you’ll also be a strong independent researcher. You’ll be able to analyse and interpret information from multiple sources, draw your own conclusions and communicate them clearly. You’ll also work comfortably in a team and have organisational skills from studying two different subjects.

Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result, including social work, the charity sector, the civil service, journalism, law, education and the creative industries. Others have pursued postgraduate study or professional training.

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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