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History and Philosophy

BA (Hons)

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What is 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. This course is for those who want to ask deep questions about what it means to be human, to explore other people’s answers to those questions, and the ways that they’ve shaped actions and society in particular times and places.

Our students don’t just study what others have said, or learn names and dates – they are philosophers and historians, investigating and interpreting evidence and ideas for themselves, in order to understand individual, social and cultural identities. Working closely with subject experts as you develop deep knowledge in your field, you’ll gain highly desirable skills in investigative, analytical research and communication.

Study style

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and student-led sessions, supported by digital technologies. Small group discussions allow you to connect with expert tutors and other students, with excellent environments for learning and strong group identity. You’ll choose modules to explore your interests and shape your own studies.

You’ll gain hands-on experience with historical documentation and artefacts, as well as closely examining texts and ideas – helping you to build essential skills for work within and beyond university. You’re able to specialise in British, European, American and Soviet history, as well as in philosophies from Ancient Greece to the digital age, allowing you to shape your studies in ways which match your interests.

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Entry requirements

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V150 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V150

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • heritage and museums
  • third sector/NGO/Charities
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • human resources
  • media/journalism
  • social care
  • research and consultancy
  • politics.

Industry links

Our Philosophy courses are ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Our partnerships with archives, museums and societies enable students to explore the heritage industry and reflect on the philosophies of local and professional organisations. A variety of guest speakers, as well as local and international partnerships with museums, archives and philosophical groups will also enrich your learning.

Work with history and philosophy experts

Gain an excellent grasp of key historical and philosophical ideas, events and developments, and understand the role they play in shaping one another and our ever-changing world.

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Become an independent historian and philosopher

Grow your intellectual initiative and research skills in a supportive environment. Enjoy opportunities to challenge yourself in developing abilities to ethically interpret and evaluate key texts, events and ideas.

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Explore human culture, ideas and identity

You’ll develop your learning by engaging with others and wider society – with empathy, insight and confidence.

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Philosophy - Student Experience - The Times GUG 2021

Our Philosophy courses rank 3rd in the UK for student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Philosophy - Teaching Quality - The Times GUG 2021

Our Philosophy courses rank 2nd in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

Trips and experiences

Unique placement, field trip and study abroad opportunities support your learning on the course. Previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, India and Spain, as well as various UK destinations.


Through field trips, projects and placement opportunities, you’ll get hands-on experience of ideas and artefacts, providing opportunities to gain key employability skills.

"My passion for history originates with the blues"

“I’ve loved the blues since I was little, and through it I became aware of the issues surrounding African American history: slavery, civil rights, culture, and the influence this had on American society. A real highlight for me has been the publication of my book Blues, How Do You Do? Published with University of Michigan Press (August 2015). In my teaching I use culture as a new way of exploring the past, providing new and previously unheard interpretations.”

Christian O’Connell, Academic Course Leader in History

Christian O'Connell history lecturer

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