History - BA (Hons)

Studying History at Kent teaches you to find your own critical voice. You’ll view the past through the eyes of different people, making sure that forgotten stories are heard, and you’ll explore challenging questions about justice and injustice, race and religion, conflict, science and medicine, art, literature and music.


At Kent, you’ll explore the past in order to better understand the present. In the ancient city of Canterbury you will meet history face-to-face, and our world-leading academics will help you sharpen your skills of analysis, argument and communication. You won’t just study History, you’ll become a historian.

Your course

Our History course gives you the freedom to explore your subject, and allows you to tailor your degree to your own interests. These may be incredibly broad, or focused within particular themes or historical periods.

There is a huge choice of modules on offer, which reflect the wide-ranging expertise of our academics. You can explore topics from the crusades to the Cold War, and from the impact of science on 19th-century culture to the totalitarian regimes of Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Third Reich. You’ll be able to develop your own research through our final year special subject modules.

Wide reading and work with historical sources will improve your ability to think critically, take part in debates, and make informed decisions. Developing you presentation, team-working and organisational skills will help you become career-ready.

"The course was very diverse; I ended up specialising in topics that I never thought I'd study" History student Afia applied via Clearing and shares her story and advice.

Superb facilities

Facilities to support your studies include:

  • The British Cartoon Archive, whose 20th-century collection illuminates many aspects of recent history
  • a rare and complete set of British official histories of both world wars
  • privileged access to rare books and priceless manuscripts at Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives.

Build your network

We have excellent links with the National Trust as well as local heritage organisations, including:

  • Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives
  • The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
  • Canterbury Archaeological Trust
  • Royal Engineers Museum.

You can get involved with the student-run History Society, which in previous years has organised lectures, social events and trips across Europe.

The School also organises talks from visiting speakers that you are welcome to attend. There are regular careers workshops and visits from many of our successful graduates.

Year abroad/placement year

You can apply to spend a year or term abroad as part of your degree programme. Previous destinations include the USA, Canada, France, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.

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Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB including a Humanities based essay writing subject including a humanities based essay writing subject which includes History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation.

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DMM plus A-level in History or a related humanities based essay writing subject at grade B, which includes English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL including History 5 at HL or 6 at SL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in the History module.

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.