History - BA (Hons)

History at Kent teaches you to find your own critical voice. You will explore challenging questions about the impact of political, social and cultural change on class, gender, race, injustice and power, and discuss how the past still shapes our world today. A history degree from Kent is the first step to wherever you want to go.

Overview

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.

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. This means Kent’s History graduates are ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, so you can effect change in the places you want to see it.

Reasons to study History at Kent

  • With 90% of History students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 satisfied with the overall quality of teaching at Kent, and History at Kent ranked 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023 - you will receive outstanding teaching delivered by world-leading academics.
  • History at Kent is a degree that opens up your career path to countless possibilities. Meet our graduates and see where History at Kent can take you.
  • Delve into History. At Kent, our History students have privileged access to the Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives. The University of Kent is also home to the British Cartoon Archive and holds a rare and complete set of British official histories of the two world wars as part of our Special Collections.

Have you considered Ancient History or Military History? Or expanding your horizons with a year abroad?

What our students say: “The lecturers are very on top of things. If I ask a question over email, they get back to me really quickly. They always guide me towards additional reading and sources that will support my learning. I’d say they’re very approachable.” Ben Tran, BA History

What you’ll learn

This course gives you the freedom to explore history and tailor your studies to the times and themes you find most fascinating. You discover topics from across world history, from the early Medieval era to present day, from imperialism to revolution and conflict to peace. Make your degree your own by taking a broad approach to your learning or specialise in a niche area to cultivate your expertise and explore the areas you are passionate about.

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We got to do some research in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, which is unique.

Brooke Huxter - History - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals

    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 in a humanities based subject.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL.

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

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

  • medal-empty T level

    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad)

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13500
  • International full-time £18000
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £6750
  • International part-time £9000

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 Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

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

Additional costs

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

Funding

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

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

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

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. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films, documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, as well as talks and presentations. 

The School of History uses a mixture of assessment patterns. The standard formats are 100% coursework or 60% examination and 40% coursework. These vary by module. 

The School also has excellent student support arrangements. Alongside our Student Support Officer, each student is assigned an academic tutor. All module convenors keep regular office hours and are accessible by email. The School has a policy of returning at least one essay on each module in a one-to-one personal meeting, allowing for additional verbal feedback and discussion.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide students with a firm understanding of the tradition and discipline of history as a means of understanding cultures different from their own and changes in society over time
  • develop new areas of teaching and incorporate the research expertise of teachers into the programme
  • provide stimulating learning opportunities both inside the classroom and out, based on well-planned teaching strategies and offer effective support for students from all backgrounds
  • prepare students for a range of careers and roles in a modern complex society or for further study by developing intellectual curiosity and initiative while encouraging independent critical thinking and judgement
  • provide a flexible degree through which students can adopt a structure for their various interests allowing room for a broad approach or specialisation  

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the complexities of human existence in the past, while recognising that history does not consist of 'a specific body of required knowledge'
  • how our history impacts the world in which we live in today, and how we can confront this and learn from this to strive for a better world
  • texts and other source materials, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose
  • the problems inherent in the historical record itself and the limits within which interpretation is possible
  • the value of neighbouring disciplines, recognised through the interdisciplinary nature of history itself

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in:

  • conceptualisation: the ability to relate concept to empirical evidence, and the ability to recognise the relative and contested character of concepts themselves
  • critical thought: the ability to challenge received conclusions and evaluate the work of others while also recognising the need to synthesise material from a variety of sources to gain a coherent understanding of issues
  • reflexivity: an understanding of the nature of the discipline and our own involvement with it, which will serve beyond just the study of history
  • recognition of what is required to solve particular problems through the study of history, while developing the written and verbal communication skills to put this recognition into practice 


Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in how to:

  • apply a range of historical methods and analytical approaches with awareness of the relevance of other disciplines
  • access a range of sources of information, including textual and non-textual material
  • present the results of historical work to a critical audience or readership using standard notes, reference systems and bibliography
  • marshal an argument: summarise, analyse and defend a particular interpretation or analysis of historical events.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • communication: how to organise information clearly; respond to written sources; present information orally; adapt style for different audiences; use of images as a communication tool
  • data analysis: how to make sense of statistical materials; integrate numerical and non-numerical information; understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
  • collaboration: how to define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks; understand how groups function and how to lead them
  • improving own learning: how to explore personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; review your working environment; develop specialist learning skills; develop autonomy in learning
  • problem solving – how to identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and put these into practice 

Independent rankings

History at Kent was ranked 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.

90% of History students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of teaching.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of career options in areas including:

  • journalism and the media
  • management and administration
  • civil service and local government
  • museum and heritage management
  • law, commerce and banking
  • teaching and research
  • library work
  • armed services and defence analysis.

Examples of the positions some of our graduates have moved into include:

  • Stonehenge Custodian
  • producer at the BBC
  • Warden at Windsor Castle
  • CEO of EasyJet.

Help finding a job

The School of History runs employability sessions to help you hone your job-hunting skills, and these include input from highly successful alumni.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

You graduate with an excellent grounding in historical knowledge and become adept at:

  • research
  • analysing large quantities of information from often conflicting sources
  • assessing complex arguments.

To help you appeal to employers, you learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for History - BA (Hons)

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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