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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:
- European identity.
In the classroom and using our historic location in Oxford, you'll learn about the past from:
- printed texts
- material objects
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.
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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.
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
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.
- 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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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.