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  • Qualification

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

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

History at Ulster covers the period from early modern era to the 20th Century. You are given the opportunity to select from a broad range of modules that cover Ireland, Britain, the Americas, and Europe. Political, social, economic, and cultural history are given due weighting in a programme which offers unique modules in areas of study as diverse as witchcraft and labour history. Modules are taught by experts with proven track records of research in their field, and the course is designed to give you the skill sets to be successful in a wide range of careers.

This course addresses early modern, modern and contemporary history, exploring and analyzing many of the major developments that have shaped our current world. You will study European, British and Irish history, and also the history of the United States and parts of the Middle East. The course is particularly strong in international, social and comparative history and is taught by scholars with an excellent research record in these fields. Students can develop specialisms in areas like gender history, media history, public history and international diplomacy. It is designed to foster your enthusiasm for history and to provide a sound academic and practical basis for a variety of careers. With the approval of the newly revalidated degree, there are new developments in practical history in the Second Year, which include a combination of Digital History and Work Placement, designed to enhance your employability.

All current History staff have researched and published in the areas in which they teach. These areas include Early Moderrn Irish, British and European History,19th and 20th century Modern Irish, British, European and International History. Students, accordingly, will be have the benefit of being taught by specialists who contribute significantly to the development of their module subjects. History staff research and publish in the areas in which they teach, including early modern and modern Irish, British, European and International History. There are several leading internationally-recognised experts in their fields, for example, Professor Ian Thatcher on the Russian Revolution, Dr. Robert McNamara on decolonisation and the British Empire, Dr. Andrew Sneddon on witchcraft, Dr Gabriel Guarino on early modern Europe, Dr Emmet O'Connor on labour history, and Dr. Leanne McCormick on women in twentieth-century Northern Ireland. There are particular highlights and strengths in the fields of medical history, for which the subject’s Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland has an international reputation. It currently has several major research awards to examine the fate of ‘wayward’ female migrants and to undertake an original study of the nature and extent of the Irish Famine that will draw upon newly created data sets. Students will benefit from research-led teaching in this rich and fertile environment of on-going historical enquiry.

Career options

History degrees provide opportunities for employment in a variety of jobs. History, as opposed to some of the more vocational degrees, broadens career opportunities and does not narrow a student down to one career path. At a purely practical level, a degree in history is important because it provides the basic skills needed for students to go further in sociology, politics, international relations and economics. As well as obvious career paths such as teaching, History is also an ideal discipline for almost all careers in the law, the civil service and the private sector. This is because the history curriculum teaches students to research and assess material, to gather information and develop arguments, and to reach logical conclusions.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 14,060per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBC

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profiles (C or B grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.Preference may be given to applicants holding Grade B in History at A2.


University information

Ulster University

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  • Campus address

    Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Renowned for its warm welcome, Ulster recruits international students from over 100 countries across the globe and has over 200,000 alumni worldwide.
Since 2012, Ulster University has been home to the Confucius Institute in Northern Ireland, winning the accolade of Confucius Institute of the Year in 2016.
With a dedicated staff member on each campus, the International Student Experience team are well placed to provide pastoral support to students from arrival.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    64th out of 93 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    112 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    48 48%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.37 87%



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