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UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of History, Philosophy and Culture

UCAS Tariff Points



Our History degree allows you to discover the events from 1450 and across the globe that have shaped our world today. As you investigate history with us you'll gain a greater appreciation of how legal, political, social and cultural change comes to pass.  

You'll be taught by active researchers who are experts in their fields. And you'll investigate different societies, ideas and study concepts such as:

  • criminality
  • evil
  • power
  • gender
  • family
  • sexuality
  • race
  • whiteness
  • European identity.

In the classroom and using our historic location in Oxford, you'll learn about the past from:

  • printed texts
  • film
  • art
  • material objects
  • food.

Our exciting field trips will enhance your learning and include:

  • a walking tour through Whitechapel in the footsteps of the notorious Jack the Ripper
  • the Ashmolean Museum
  • Blenheim Palace, the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough.

The Work-Based Learning module will show you the wide range of careers open to you with a History degree.

Combine this course

You can study this course as part of a combined honours degree. This course can be combined with:

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.

Learning and assessment

Year 1 focuses on a range of modules that touch on all our key themes. They take advantage of our beautiful and historic Oxford location.

Our compulsory modules cover the core skills all historians need. They will expose you to the history of all periods from the 16th century to the recent past. You will get a sense of the different issues relevant in those periods.

In Year 2 you can start to specialise in the topics that you have the most interest in. We offer the following specialisms:

  • Early Modern History
  • History of America
  • History of Crime
  • History of Ideas
  • History of Medicine
  • Modern Political History
  • Social and Cultural History.

In Year 2 you will also have the option to take a work placement. We will place you in an organisation with historical links or interests, such as a museum, heritage industry, school or archive.

In Year 3 you will develop your own research. Your dissertation allows you to carry out an in-depth piece of research and you'll have the support of an expert in the field.

Students in Oxford

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

A People’s History of Britain (compulsory for single honours)

This module will reveal Britain’s rich, cosmopolitan history from the Tudors to the modern period, with a particular focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It will use life histories, life writing and material culture to unveil the experiences and perspectives of individuals and families. The module will move chronologically with sessions which focus upon key figures of successive centuries with seminar discussion based around alternative perspectives on traditional themes, such as the body, fashion and consumption, material culture, class, demography and welfare.

Europe and the World, 1450-1750 (compulsory for single honours)

The module provides a broad overview of the period from 1450 to 1750, primarily focusing on Europe but also considering the European interaction with the wider world. It offers the chance to develop a long-running perspective on some of the main developments and debates in early modern history, such as the rise of the state and the military revolution. It also looks at the Ottoman expansion and the European encounter with Islam.

Making History: Core Concepts and Skills for the Historian (compulsory for single and combined honours)

This module aims to equip you with the practical and theoretical skills you will need to study history at undergraduate level. It offers you the chance to develop your understanding of the nature of historical enquiry, and your ability to express yourself effectively in a variety of forms. The module provides basic training in some of the principal theories, methods and sources used by historians, while introducing students to some of the key research interests of staff in the History team.

Superpowers: an International History of the Cold War (compulsory for single honours)

An introduction to modern international history within the context of the rise and fall of the two principal world powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, during the Cold War.

What’s the Big Idea: Adventures in the History of Ideas (compulsory for single and combined honours)

The module aims to introduce you to the importance of ideas, abstract ideals and utopian projects in the construction, and subsequent shaping of historical realities in Early Modern and Modern Western History. Using a broadly chronological sequence of ideas/concepts, it also provides fresh insights into the role played by competing ideologies and values in determining the character or dynamics of the main periods of European and US history since the late Renaissance.

World at War: A History of the First World War (compulsory for single honours)

This module explores the history of the First World War, introducing you to a landmark event in modern history. Lectures and seminars approach the history of the conflict from a range of perspectives and sensitivities, helping familiarize you with the insights to be gained from distinct historical traditions, ranging from military and diplomatic history to cultural and economic history. A number of topics will be covered to provide a wide-ranging and in-depth understanding of the experience of the First World War and its broader impact upon modern society

Optional modules

Bloody Histories: Crime and Violence in the West

This module provides an introduction to the history of crime and violence in the West in the period 1400-2000. It offers you the chance to develop a specialised interest in criminal justice history, and make connections between law, crime and punishment and the wider social context in Britain, Europe and America.

Death, Disease and Doctors: Medicine and Society

This is an introductory module on the history of medicine and health, and their wider social relations, embracing the period roughly from 1650 to 2000. The module will provide a framework for understanding the changing nature of medicine and healing in society.

Oxford in History

This module tells the varied and vibrant story of Oxford and its region, placing it in the context of social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, and religious history. A particular emphasis will be placed on visits to museums and other sites of historical importance in the Oxford area. The module also focuses on the richness and range of sources available in Oxford and which reveal the history of the city through the people and places that have made it famous.

The Faiths of the West

This module provides a general overview of the religious dialogues that shaped the history of the West from Constantine the Great to the twentieth century. It focuses on religious groups, doctrines and organizations, religion in the media and in everyday life and on interreligious exchange. While the primary focus will be on Christianity the roles played by other faiths such as Judaism and Islam will be considered, as will the rise of secularism.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

History and Documents (compulsory for single and combined honours)

This module will concentrate on the skills required to research and evaluate primary sources. It will act as a bridge between the introductory use of primary sources in the first year and the skilled application of source analysis required for dissertation and third-year work. Students have the opportunity to consolidate and focus the methodological and practical skills offered by the programme.

Historical Writing (compulsory for single honours)

Designed to give students the practical skills with which to approach their dissertations. It will prepare undergraduate students for advanced study in history, both in terms of the acquisition of key research skills, and in the development of a critical, reflective engagement with questions of method and interpretation.

The Making of Modern Britain

The Making of the Modern World

Optional modules

A History of Modern Ideas

Builds on those elements in all basic modules which cover or touch on the cosmological, ideological, philosophical, and intellectual process that have shaped early modern and modern history.

Conflict and Belief in the Early Modern World

What motivates individuals to take up arms or sacrifice themselves in the name of religion? Why would individuals travel across the globe with the aim of converting or killing for their beliefs? The issues of faith, conversion and religious violence, which resonate to the present day, will be tackled in this module, which provides a study in cultural encounters, as well as religious and social change, between 1500 and 1648. It will explore the attempts made to Christianise the world, in the British Isles, Europe, Asia and the Americas in the aftermath of the Reformation of 1517, which shattered the image of a universal Catholic Church.

Crime and Punishment through the Ages

The module focuses on the long-running historical debate on the nature, incidence and causes of crime since the medieval period. It will investigate the forms of punishment adopted by the authorities and how and why they altered so dramatically over the course of history. Students will also be introduced to the theoretical background important for the study of crime, criminality and punishment.

Gender, Sexualities and the Body

Deepens understanding of social, medical and cultural history through the prism of gender, sexuality and the body from the early modern to the modern period. It will develop students' skills in using and appraising primary sources, engaging in debate and interpretation, and using a variety of information sources.

Independent Study 1 and 2

These modules involve individual study, under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff, on a topic chosen by the student. The range and depth of the subject chosen might reflect interests stimulated by the undergraduate programme or by external interests.

Jack the Ripper and the Victorian Underworld

Examines the moral and cultural climate associated with the nineteenth century underworld. Using the phenomenon of Jack the Ripper as a prism through which to view the differing dynamics of Victorian society, the module will analyse attitudes towards prostitution, the criminal class, the development of the penitentiary system and the regulation of policing, in an age when public perceptions of crime and punishment challenged those of the establishment.

The Early Modern State

In this module students begin to specialise in early modern political and cultural history. State building was one of the key developments of the early modern period. The module will encourage students to see this process in a comparative perspective that includes Britain as well as major European countries. The module will develop students' skills in using primary sources.

The Making of the American Giant, 1861-1945

This module introduces you to the history of the United States within both a domestic and international setting and within the broader context of its gradual emergence as a leading international power, economically, militarily and politically.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

History Dissertation/ Project

Optional modules

Advanced Study in the History of Crime

Advanced Study in Social, Cultural and Medical History

Advanced Study in the History of America

Advanced Study in Modern Political History

Advanced Study in the History of Ideas

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Your learning will be informed by the latest academic thinking, and will be taught with a mixture of:

  • lectures
  • discussion
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • student presentations
  • debates
  • blog posts
  • poster design
  • quizzes.

Our department is recognised for teaching and assessment of the highest quality by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 10%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 90%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.


Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed predominantly by coursework, with some examinations.

Coursework takes many forms, including:

  • source analyses
  • research essays
  • book reviews
  • group projects
  • a final-year dissertation.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 6%
  • Coursework - 94%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

History degrees offer a wide range of highly valued intellectual and transferable skills, which enable graduates to compete favourably in the employment market.

Recent History graduates from Oxford Brookes have embarked on professions and occupations in a wide range of spheres, including IT, advertising, publishing, teaching, business, the civil and diplomatic services, public relations, law, sales and marketing, and the heritage industry.

A number of graduates also go on to study at master's and doctoral level - many here at Oxford Brookes.

Read more about the destinations of some of our recent graduates.

Further study

You can stay with us to continue your studies: we offer taught masters programmes in History and History with a specialist pathway in History of Medicine. We have a strong postgraduate community including more than 25 students undertaking research for their doctorates.

See more about our postgraduate courses.

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Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.