Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Explore challenging questions and weigh complex judgements about how the past shapes our world today.

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Course overview

Delve into history and discover the impact of political, social and cultural change on class, gender, race, injustice and power throughout hundreds of years of history across the globe, and how this has shaped our world today. Find your own critical voice and make it heard. A history degree from Kent is the first step to wherever you want to go.

As a Kent student, you will benefit from living and learning in the ancient city of Canterbury. You meet history face-to-face from day one while learning from world-leading academics who help to sharpen your skills of analysis, argument and communication.

If you want to explore History through the lens of warfare, we also offer a Military History BA programme, alternatively, if you are more interested in exploring the secrets of the ancient world, you could study on our Ancient History BA.

Why study History at Kent?

In to the Archives.

Kent is home to the British Cartoon Archive and holds a rare and complete set of British official histories of the two world wars.  



History at Kent ranked 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2025.

Alumni Spotlight.

The History BA at Kent opens up your career path to countless possibilities. Meet our graduates and see where History at Kent can take you.

Your degree, your way.

All our Stage 1 and 2 modules are optional meaning you can explore a wide range of eras, or find your niche and specialise.

Everything you need to know about our History course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You're encouraged to explore history and tailor your studies to the times and themes you find most fascinating. Make your degree your own by taking a broad approach to your learning or specialise in a niche area to cultivate your expertise.

How you'll study

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues in smaller groups of students and academics.

Kent alumni.

I was able to get onto a training program with Canterbury Archaeological Trust , where I am currently working as an Archaeologist.

After graduating with a BA in History, George went on to complete an MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Kent, which was undertaken with the Centre’s annual scholarship.

Your future

As a Kent graduate, you will be ready to construct and lead engaging arguments, be quick to recognise context and skilled to propose alternative solutions. And your wide-ranging work with historical sources will improve your ability to think critically, take part in debate and make informed decisions, allowing you to effect change in the places you want to see it.

Career prospects for history graduates are wide ranging, with our students launching careers in everything from teaching to business, research to politics.

The creative problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills you develop at Kent can prepare you for a career in any field. The study of History at Kent equips you with the adaptability to thrive in an exciting career in whatever area you are passionate about. This means Kent’s History graduates are ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, from education to business, charity to government; you’ll have the talent and insight to build the career you want.

UK History graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (34 salaries)

Cathedral archives

The Cathedral Archives and Library hold a fantastic and varied collection of historic records, including manuscripts, photographs, maps and printed books dating from the late 8th century up to the modern day. These cover a range of themes including national and local history, politics, travel, natural science, medicine, church history, and theology.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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In the QS World University Rankings 2024, Kent has been ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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