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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Overview**Explore the past to understand the now. Dive into moments of chaos, challenge and change. Uncover evidence that shines new light on societies around the world. Across issues of gender, class, race, inequality and power, you’ll see how diverse people responded to the times they lived in – and how their actions still shape our world today. The city of Portsmouth is a time traveller's paradise where past and present collide: from historic warships to modern cruise liners, from Southsea Castle to the Spinnaker Tower. It's the ideal place to create your own immersive and relevant BA (Hons) History degree. **Course highlights**- Study in a city that’s always been a gateway to the wider world, with options to explore the past of Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America- Get closer to history thanks to close links with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and the Portsmouth Museum and Records Service- Tailor your studies to times and themes you find most fascinating - from the British Civil Wars to the Opium War, from Victorian cities to modern Germany, from persecution and migration to anti-racism in the 20th century- Learn in a place where historians collaborate with linguists, sociologists and political scientists to answer deep and complex questions- Develop demonstrable skills in research, analysis and argument that are highly valued by all kinds of employers- Apply your new expertise in a CV-boosting work placement at a museum, heritage site, charity or other organisation of interest**Optional pathways**You can follow optional sociology or politics pathways through this degree, or include it as a pathway in our English Literature, American Studies or International Relations courses. It'll lead to one of these awards at the end of the course:- BA (Hons) History with American Studies- BA (Hons) History with Politics- BA (Hons) History with Sociology"The history degree at Portsmouth has been very enjoyable and the city itself boasts a wealth of material that has been beneficial to my learning." – Connor Jones, BA Hons History student**Careers and opportunities**Employers in all kinds of industries value History graduates. This is because you’ll graduate with much-requested skills including:- analysing and managing large amounts of information - carrying out research independently and as part of a team - communicating a persuasive argument - writing in a concise and informative wayWhat can you do with a History degree?As a qualified historian, you can move forward to further study and research or put your degree to work in areas such as:- archives and information management- corporate governance- law- museums and the heritage sector- publishing and media- teachingGraduate roles and destinationsRoles our graduates have taken on include:- archivist- barrister- development editor in publishing- museum curator- researcher and writer for TV- teacherPortsmouth alumni have worked with organisations including:- central and local government- higher education providers- National Trust- Office for National Statistics- Serco- West Midlands PoliceWork experience and career planningTo give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,200per year

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Over 5,000 of the university’s 25,000 students come from 150 countries around the world, and the Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling into the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    69th out of 90 28

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    89 46%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    48.0 48%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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