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Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points



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: 

  • crime
  • gender
  • warfare
  • nationalism

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.

Combine this course

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

How to apply

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

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
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International full time

International part time
£1,810 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

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

International full time

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International full time

International part time
£1,810 per single module

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.

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


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:

  • museums
  • heritage industry
  • schools
  • archives

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.

Students in Oxford

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

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

You’ll uncover Britain’s rich, multicultural history - from the Tudors to today. You’ll explore the lives of families and individuals, investigating life histories, recorded memories and material objects of the time. You’ll explore famous figures throughout the centuries. And you’ll attend seminars where you’ll discuss new perspectives on themes including:

  • fashion and consumption
  • material culture
  • class
  • demography
  • welfare.

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

What was it like to live through the early modern witch trials? How did the Scientific Revolution affect society?

In this module, you’ll explore a time of religious warfare, environmental change and political revolutions in Europe. You’ll encounter Europe’s history, and relations with the world in the early modern period, through texts, criminal records, art and buildings. And you’ll explore what life was like for people who lived through:  

  • Wars between Christian and Muslim powers
  • European colonialism
  • The execution of the King during the British Civil Wars

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

In this module, you’ll gain the key skills you need to succeed in your History degree. You’ll investigate the key:

  • theories
  • methods
  • sources

used by professional historians. And you’ll apply them to your own investigations. We’ll teach you how to express yourself effectively in different forms, unlocking your potential for excellence. You’ll also learn about the key research interests of our dynamic History team. 


Power and Dominion: Ideologies of the West, 1650-2000

In this module, you’ll gain critical knowledge of the ideas and concepts behind the rise of the West, and modern Western society. You’ll get to know the competing ideologies in Western society and power since the mid-seventeenth century. And you’ll explore marginalised groups and the processes of empire-building. You’ll gain the key skills to succeed in your degree, as you learn to:

  • communicate knowledge
  • present arguments
  • solve problems in a scholarly way. 

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

Who won the Cold War? In this module, you’ll explore the rivalry between two global superpowers - the United States and Soviet Union. You’ll understand how the Cold War never featured any actual fighting between the two, yet resulted in the defeat of one. You’ll get to grips with International History, and learn about the realms of:    

  • diplomacy 
  • arms control 
  • proxy wars
  • the creation and maintenance of alliances 
  • leadership and the role of personality.

And you’ll explore how people lived through the looming threat of nuclear destruction in the second half of the 20th Century. 


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)

Why was the First World War such a pivotal moment in History? In this module, you’ll gain valuable critical skills in the study of Modern History, as you explore the depth and extent of the First World War. You’ll examine: 

  • the global reach of the war, particularly in the colonial territories of Asia and Africa
  • the culture of war on the home front and how it affected men, women, and children
  • the refugee crisis across Europe, and the plight of people in zones of conflict.
  • innovations in medical care and humanitarian relief
  • the birth of the idea of “crimes against humanity” and genocide
  • the history of the military conflict from 1914-1918

Optional modules

Bloody Histories: Crime and Violence in the West

You’ll discover crimes in the West from 1400 to 2000, including

  • Piracy
  • Treason
  • Poisoning
  • Rape
  • Blasphemy

You’ll get to know the key sources of crime historians, and the challenges in using them. You’ll connect law, crime, and punishment with the wider social context in Britain, Europe, and America. And you’ll gain key critical skills as you explore pressing debates around crime. 


Death, Disease and Doctors: Medicine and Society

You’ll examine the history of sickness and healing in society. You’ll look at how people have viewed medicine and disease, from 1650 to 2000. In seminars, we’ll investigate issues such as:

  • quackery
  • war and medicine 
  • forensic medicine
  • disease control
  • public health
  • madness and society
  • sexual health
  • the patient’s view 

This module builds on your material from other level 4 modules. You’ll gain key critical skills as you identify links between other periods and subjects you’ve studied.

Oxford in History

Explore the unexpected side of Oxford through the lives of its minorities, and its world-famous buildings and surroundings. Unearth the hotspots of Oxford’s marginalised people - from the leper hospital at Bartlemas Chapel, to the hub of the city’s sex trade at Gropecunt Lane (now known as Magpie Lane). Explore the varied and vibrant story of Oxford, as you take in the city’s rich range of sources, and its political, cultural and religious history.  From medieval cemeteries to museums, you’ll explore the rich range of historical sources available in Oxford, and get to know the city through its famous places and people.

The Faiths of the West

How have religious groups shaped the West, from the ancient to the modern world? How do different religious groups interact with each other? In this module, you’ll explore:

  • different religions groups and doctrines
  • witchcraft and paganism 
  • religion in everyday life

We’ll mainly focus on Christianity, but also on the role of other faiths, such as Judaism and Islam. We’ll also look at the idea of facism as a political religion.


Year 2

Compulsory modules

History and Documents (compulsory for single and combined honours)

You’ll get to know a huge range of primary sources - including cartoons, buildings and images.  You’ll gain the skills to analyse primary sources in a skilled and detailed way, ready for your third year. And you’ll consolidate the practical and analytical skills you’ve gained so far in your degree.

Historical Writing (compulsory for single honours)

You’ll gain the key practical skills you need to succeed in your dissertation. You’ll unlock your academic potential, gaining invaluable research skills and the critical knowledge you need to study History at an advanced level. 

You’ll dive into the various approaches of historians, and get to grips with different historical methods. You’ll gain fantastic critical skills as you debate pressing historical questions. And you’ll learn to structure and develop an argument through the use of primary sources.


The Making of Modern Britain

The Making of the Modern World

Optional modules

A History of Modern Ideas

Does anything exist outside our minds? Do morals come from within us, or from society? 

Philosophers have been asking these questions, and others about human existence, for centuries. But if philosophers are also products of their time, are their ideas simply a result of the society they lived in?

In this module, you’ll take a whirlwind tour in the history of ideas - from ancient times to today. You’ll get to know the core ideas of philosophy in Western history. And you’ll become familiar with the questions and ideas of: 

  • Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Greece 
  • Rousseau and Voltaire during the Enlightenment of the 18th century
  • Marx during the “age of the masses” in the 19th century
  • Nietszche, Sartre and the Existentialists of the 20th century

You’ll also dig into the relationship between philosophy, science and faith from the Middle Ages onwards. 


Conflict and Belief in the Early Modern World

Why are people willing to die for their religion? Why do they travel the world converting or killing others for the sake of belief?

From Goa to Geneva, Paris to Prague, cities and their people were transformed by faith, conversion and religious violence between 1500 and 1648. In this module, you’ll use architecture and space, text and image, as you investigate efforts to construct a universal Christian church in Britain, Europe, Asia and the Americas. And you’ll explore why rulers change the religion of their country.


Crime and Punishment through the Ages

What causes people to commit crimes? And how have we punished criminals in the past? In this module, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into crime in the British Isles, as you examine:

  • gendered criminality
  • property crime
  • the history of violence
  • attempts to regulate morality. 

You’ll explore: 

  • the birth of the prison
  • social crimes and social justice
  • moral and anti-social crimes
  • theories of punishment

You’ll also look at the different punishments given out by authorities, and investigate why they’ve changed so dramatically. And you’ll develop the key critical knowledge to study crime and punishment.

Gender, Sexualities and the Body

What can sex and gender teach us about history? In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between the body and sexuality, and medicine and culture. We’ll observe how our perspectives on bodies, gender, and sexuality change according to social and historical contexts. And you’ll develop excellent critical skills, as you analyse primary sources, and dive into debates on the body and sexuality. You’ll investigate 

  • contraception practices 
  • treatment of STIs
  • regulation of sexual behaviours
  • transender debates through time

Jack the Ripper and the Victorian Underworld

How did Jack the Ripper - mass murderer of sex workers - shape Victorian culture? And how did Victorian Britain create the Jack the Ripper phenomenon? In this module, you’ll dive into the criminal underworld of the nineteenth century. You’ll investigate a time where public ideas on crime clashed with those of the authorities. You’ll explore:

  • attitudes towards the sex trade
  • the criminal class
  • the development of prisons
  • the regulation of policing

And you’ll ask who the real Jack the Ripper was, exploring suspects and theories. You’ll also go on the Ripper Trip, a tour around the London sites associated with the murderer and his victims.

The Early Modern State

What are taxes for? How are armies financed? When should people take arms against their governments?  This module, you’ll explore the development of bureaucracy, courts and military might during early modern times in Britain, Europe and the Americas. You’ll gain useful critical skills as you analyse key political texts of the period. And you’ll get to know the theories of power and rule as you consider:   

  • Gender and politics
  • Church and state
  • Governing empires
  • The meaning and impact of civil wars

The Making of the American Giant, 1861-1945

How did the United States become the global superpower it is today? In this module, you’ll trace the transformation of America from a British colony at war with itself, to the most wealthy and powerful nation on the planet. You’ll examine the political history behind the rise of the united states, and America’s growing actions and ambitions on the world stage, from the American Civil War through to World War Two.

Brave New Worlds: Evolution and its Discontents

How did the theory of evolution develop? And why is it so important in how we understand people? And how we practise medicine? In this module, you’ll explore the history of evolutionary ideas and how they’re applied - in medicine and society. Studying primary texts and secondary sources, you’ll investigate how evolutionary scientists argued for their theories. And you’ll look at their explosive impact on Victorian public discussion. You’ll also consider more recent controversies - like human cloning, gene therapy and in-vitro fertilisation. 

Culture, Community and Family in Britain, 1660-1918

How did ideas about marriage change between the Restoration and the First World War? Could ordinary people get divorced? Could married women ever keep their own money?

In this module, you’ll investigate people’s most common experiences of community, neighbourhood, home and family life from 1660 to 1918. You’ll look closely at key events in ordinary people’s lives, from cradle to grave. And you’ll discover how 250 years of enormous change affected our understanding of birth, marriage, ageing and death. Through this module, you’ll develop a strong grasp of the cultural, social, demographic, and material-culture history of Britain. 

Politics, Society and Culture in Modern Britain

Is the monarchy as important today as it was in 1920? How have public schools shaped our political elites? And what images do you associate with ‘Eton’ or ‘Blackpool’?

In this module, you’ll explore some of the key questions in modern British politics, society and culture. From the early 19th century to the Second World War and beyond, you’ll examine links between identities, institutions and interests. You’ll investigate:

  • the symbolism of the monarchy, empire and Anglican church.
  • class and the cultural meaning of places 
  • the growth of the welfare state 
  • the social, cultural and political impacts of the World Wars
  • the question of British decline and the idea of ‘Great’ Britain

You’ll gain an understanding of British heritage and identity. You’ll also grasp how British culture is being ‘renegotiated’ under pressures from globalisation.

History Work-Based Learning

In this module, you’ll have the chance to do some work experience closely linked to your History course. You’ll have help to find a placement that will support your goals.

The time spent in the placement will be about ten working days. After you’ve carried out the work, you’ll reflect on what you’ve learned. You’ll produce a review of achievements and deliver a poster presentation. With a carefully chosen placement, you’ll learn about the uses of history in a professional context. You’ll also gain practical experience - from crafting a CV to the specific responsibilities involved in your working role - that will help kickstart your career after Oxford Brookes.

The Crisis of the West

In this module, you’ll study the period of crisis that overtook Western society from the late 19th century to the start of World War II. You’ll look at the sweeping changes, uprisings and political extremism that created a sense of crisis. These include:

  • urbanisation and mass politics at the end of the 19th century
  • the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its impact 
  • the role of nationalism and imperial ambitions between the World Wars
  • the rise of extreme political movements in Europe
  • the role of consumerism in the 1920s and 1930s.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

History Dissertation/ Project

This module gives you the chance to do original research on a topic that fascinates you. As a History student in your final year, you’ll carry out a piece of independent research, allowing you to use the skills and expertise you’ve developed through your History degree. You’ll receive individual support from our expert tutors, in areas related to their research expertise. Whether you’re exploring wife beating and the press in Victorian England, or cycling, fashion and women’s bodies in the nineteenth century, you’ll develop key insights into primary source materials, and history itself.

History Interdisciplinary Dissertation / Project

In this module, you’ll carry out independent research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll have the support of expert academics who’ll guide you through the process. You’ll craft an extended piece of work which uses knowledge you’ve gained during your History course. The completed dissertation will showcase the skills that you’ll take forward into your career  - like undertaking research, presenting arguments and evaluating sources.

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. You’ll be taught through a mixture of: 

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

Our History team is one of the most dynamic in the country. We’re recognised for having 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’ll be assessed mostly 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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