What is a history degree?
History is one of the broadest subjects you can study and it is taught in very different ways on different degrees. The various strands of the subject include economic, cultural, social and political history as well as the history of ideas. History degrees are varied so that you can cover a range of eras and types of history. Alongside learning about the historical method, typical modules you may find are medieval Europe, politics and society in the 18th and 19th centuries of the country in which you are studying and world history of the 20th century. Nowadays history is considered everything that happened until 20 years ago.
BA History degree entry requirements
For our undergraduate history degrees, you will usually need 112 UCAS points in order to be offered a place - typically this equates to BBC at A-Level, DDM at BTEC, or a combination of qualifications.
For our postgraduate research history degrees you will usually need at least a 2:1 undergraduate history degree in order to be offered a place.
What types of history degree are there?
If there is one period of history that appeals to you then it’s worth investigating a degree that would allow you to specialise in it such as ancient history, modern history or history of art. We offer both undergraduate and postgraduate history courses in a variety of areas, allowing you to choose a course that suits your needs.
What are the benefits of a history degree?
- Strong analytical skill development
- Enhanced oral and written presentation skills
- Ability to apply historical insight to business success
- Foundation for history-related careers
- Diverse professional opportunities
What careers can a history degree lead to?
If you are looking for a career that relates to history, you may need to do further study after you graduate. History is well respected by employers as a challenging academic subject. They value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that history students develop throughout their degree. The analytical skills you develop will help in numerous careers such as education and law.
After graduating, history students go on to anything and everything. In the past, history graduates have forged careers in academia, research, civil service, politics, journalism, consultancy, banking, business, PR, marketing, retail, accountancy and more.
What history courses are available at the University of Gloucestershire?
History (BA Hons)
Our history degree at the University of Gloucestershire will allow you to work closely with subject experts to develop investigative and analytical skills, while gaining hands-on experience with historical documentation and artefacts. Experience unique opportunities on study abroad placements, previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, Ireland and Spain. You’ll also benefit from our wide range of guest speakers. In the past we’ve had important figures like Bonnie Greer OBE, journalists Tim Stanley and Gary Young, as well as holocaust survivor John Dobai.
Find out more about History BA (Hons)
History and Religious Studies (BA Hons)
Explore human belief and action to gain a deep understanding of key forces in the shaping of our world and identities.
Find out more about History and Religious Studies BA (Hons)
History and Philosophy (BA Hons)
Examine key ideas about what it means to be human, and the events and developments which have shaped humanity’s world.
Find out more about History and Philosophy BA (Hons)
History (MA by Research/MRes/PhD)
Expand your knowledge and further your study by undertaking a master's degree or doctorate in history.
Find out more about History (MA by Research/MRes/PhD)
The next steps
Interested in applying for one of our history courses? Applications for undergraduate history degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate history degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.
Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree
Find out more about applying for a postgraduate degree