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A history degree is about far more than studying the past. Discover why people act the way they do. Explore how societies develop. Then see how your insights apply to the present day so you can uncover answers to issues that could affect everyone’s future. And, by studying in Oxford, you’ll be among great museums and famous historical sites.
You’ll look at 500 years of British, European, and American history to reveal the origins of our modern world. We delve into a huge range of topics, from Marxism to medicine, religion to revolution, conservatism to crime. With a range of modules, each designed and taught by an expert in that area, you’ll always benefit from our latest research.
We’ll never ask you to simply memorise dates and names. Instead, you’ll write essays, deliver presentations, and analyse sources so you can ask big questions and learn to create your own historical interpretation. And with the career skills you’ll learn, you’ll be capable of tackling any problem – with hundreds of years of historical insight to inspire you.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
More than texts
Study paintings, speeches, newspapers, artefacts, and visit historical locations to see what notable figures’ experiences tell us about life today.
Develop new skills
You’ll study modules designed to help you progress through the course and have the option to go on a work placement to apply your skills.
Friendly and supportive
Being a small department, we get to know everyone by name and we always offer regular one-to-one tutorials to support you in your studies.
We have an active community with the History Society running regular events like day trips, socials, and lectures.
Study in Oxford
A city steeped in history, where you’ll have access to the famous Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum, and countless actual sites.
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.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
Your first year focuses on the skills you need for your degree, like preparing and presenting an argument. We’ll introduce you to the major themes running through the course:
- War and conflict
- Cultures, races, and identities
- Government and power
- Faith and belief
- Crime and justice
- Ideas and ideologies.
In year 2, you’ll choose from a range of options from the American Civil War to the history of crime and punishment in Britain. You have the choice of a work placement to see how your skills apply in a professional setting.
Specialise even further in your third year within our subject areas. You might look at city life in Renaissance Italy. Or explore piracy in Britain. From the racist origins of modern science to the downfall of the Russian monarchy, each topic is taught by an expert in the subject. We also invite notable guest speakers to present on what you’re studying.
You can even choose your own topics. And you’ll work one-to-one with a historian on your own project. We’ll encourage you to think about how your findings can provide insights to modern-day challenges too.
Learning and Teaching
You’ll be joining a tightly knit and supportive student community. You’ll get to know your seminar tutors well. And your tutors will support you every step of the way - you won’t feel like a face in the crowd. If you’re stuck on a piece of coursework or you need help understanding a concept, your tutors will be ready with advice and support.
Your tutors will be experts in their fields - and passionate about teaching History. This means your teaching will be top quality - and informed by years of expertise.
Your classes will be a mixture of larger lectures and small seminars. You’ll build confidence expressing your ideas and discussing concepts in the supportive seminar environment. And as you progress, your classes will become more close-knit and specialised. This means you’ll have more scope to actively explore your ideas and develop your thinking.
Your assessments will build confident written skills - crucial for the workplace. You’ll be assessed wholly by coursework - you won’t have any exams. Your coursework will include:
- research essays
- source analyses
- creative life-writing exercises
- book reviews
- group projects and presentations
- module diaries and portfolios
- a final-year dissertation
Studying History at Oxford Brookes will help make you a versatile employee in any organisation. With our work placement modules, you’ll also have practical experience of organisations like heritage sites or museums that will stand out on your CV.
Your specialist knowledge will be valuable in many preservation organisations. And, by studying in Oxford, you’ll already be familiar with some of the country’s best museums and historical sites. This has benefited our graduates. For example, past students are now working in places like Blenheim Palace, the National Army Museum, and the Battle of Britain Bunker.
Completing your degree with us prepares you for a career beyond heritage and history. With the great communication skills you’ll develop, you might also consider jobs in areas like advertising or journalism. One of our graduates is a photojournalist for National Geographic. Others are working in advertising, banking, and retail.
You’ll be a valuable addition to organisations in areas like:
- the Civil Service
"The best thing about my course is definitely the support provided. If you have any questions at all, a lecturer is always there to help with a smile – they are always happy to help no matter the question you have, whether it be course related or not"Read more about Ashley
"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
Specific entry requirements
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
|Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.||Typically £0-200|
Library fines (for late returns or lost books)
|£1-35 per book|
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
All financial support and scholarships
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The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements