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Do you want to become an expert on the most striking events of history, and how they shape society? When you choose History at Oxford Brookes, you’re choosing to explore everything from the racist origins of modern science, to the use of food, cartoons and landscapes as primary sources. You’ll dive into the social, cultural and political ideas of our world today, including:
You’ll be closely supported by a team of expert lecturers, passionate about history. You’ll get one-to-one advice from them, ensuring that you succeed in your degree. You’ll go on exciting field trips, walking in the notorious footsteps of Jack the Ripper - mass murderer of sex workers - and exploring Oxford’s famous museums, such as the Ashmolean. Whether you’re investigating the history of poisoning, or the role of gender in shaping culture, you’ll unlock your potential for excellence, and gain key skills for your future career.
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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.
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Learning and assessment
In Year 1, you’ll take modules which explore fascinating issues from the past - from ancient punishments for crimes to sexual health. You’ll gain the core skills to succeed in your History degree through our compulsory modules.
Year 2 gives you the chance to specialise in the topics which fascinate you. We offer the following options:
- Early Modern History
- History of America
- History of Crime
- History of Ideas
- History of Medicine
- Modern Political History
- Social and Cultural History.
You’ll also kick-start your career through our optional work placement. You’ll make valuable professional contacts as you work for organisations with historical interests, such as:
- heritage industry
In Year 3, you’ll develop your own research on topics that fascinate you. Whether you explore wife-beating and the press in Victorian England, or mental illness in 1880, you’ll have the support of an expert, and gain key analytical skills for work.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
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
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.
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.
"All the staff here at Brookes are very passionate about teaching students. Our lecturers are very approachable, and the flexibility they offer in terms of appointments and tutorials is testament to the fact that they really care about students"Read more about Ciaran
"My final project at the end of the week involved going to court and shadowing the court correspondent. This was particularly exciting as I had never seen a live court case before, and getting to hear verdicts and observe how journalists followed up real cases was really interesting"Read more about Emma
"The lecturers are experts in their fields and are a research-led department, but I also fell in love with Oxford and the university as a whole when visiting on Open Day"Read more about Hannah
"I love how History at Oxford Brookes takes you out of the lecture theatre. I’ve touched artefacts from 1642. It’s amazing!"Read more about Hannah
Isobel Wilkinson Rippin
"At Oxford Brookes, you’ll always be taught by an expert. The history department is full of lecturers willing to help"Read more about Isobel
"I think the crime history modules at Oxford Brookes are fantastic, because they humanise the victims. They aren’t just stories to be told on Netflix - they’re very real"Read more about Michael
"Since I’ve arrived I have enjoyed the variety of modules of offer. I have never felt like I’ve chosen a module to fill a gap in my timetable, quite the contrary there have been modules I wish I could have taken but have simply had to opt for others over them"Read more about Phil
"History is a degree that gives you an excellent and diverse range of skills which means my career options are in no way limited"Read more about Rachel
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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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.