BA (Hons) History, Civilisations and Beliefs

History, Civilisations and Beliefs at Winchester is an innovative course which draws upon expertise in Archaeology, History, and Theology, Religion and Philosophy. Students explore the interactions between cultures and religions in both historical and contemporary contexts, and come to a new understanding of the world.
**subject to revalidation

BA (Hons) History, Civilisations and Beliefs at University of Winchester


UCAS codes: VV16

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS Level 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years) 

2017 Entry

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Total Cost £33,900

2017 Entry

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs: 

Optional week-long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location, based on previous trips the costs have been between £300-£700.

Optional History Volunteering Placement in Year 2 incurs travel costs and placements normally consist of 12 visits. The travel costs will vary depending on the choice of placement location.

Optional Field Studies for students on the Theology, Religion and Ethics pathway, in Year 2 and/or Year 3. Costs are dependent on location and duration, based on previous trips the costs have been between £800-£1200.

Optional costs - students are recommended to buy text books for modules. The costs are £100-£200 per year. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):


Work placements/field trips:

Previous students have secured placements with The Mary Rose and the British Museum. Students may also take part in trips to France, Spain or Poland to visit sites of former concentration camps in Krakow and Oswiecim.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Student satisfaction:

97% of students (History) are satisfied with the quality of the course (

95% of students (Archaeology) are satisfied with the quality of the course (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation'  is the process by which the University  refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

Students gain a critical, yet empathetic, appreciation of views of the world which differ from our own in time and space. They also see how our own culture  today is influenced by civilisations and beliefs around us and before us. Whether their interests are in history, religion or current society and culture, students find their understanding, appreciation  and awareness deepened by the integrated approach brought together in this degree course.

In Year 1, students take a range of modules that introduce the methodologies of History, Archaeology, and Theology, Religion and Philosophy, along with the background to enable further study in Years 2 and 3.

The course draws upon a focused set of modules across the three disciplines to introduce students to the multidisciplinary crossover of issues about culture,  religion and society, and to help students further understand  the way these issues are studied. It picks up both contemporary concerns about the nature and role of religion in society and also the growing interest in using diverse approaches to gain greater insights into the subject matter.

The University hosts regular seminar series covering themes within History, Archaeology, and Theology, Religion and Philosophy.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Historic Period
  • World Pre-History
  • Perspectives on Living Religions
  • Historical Landmarks

And either:

  • The Shaping of the Past


  • Ethics and Religion

Students must also choose one of the four History Introductory Study modules:

  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500
  • British Introductory Module: British History 1660-1832
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain, 1815-1914
  • British Introductory Module: Roman Britain

Year 2

  • Religion, Spirituality and Ethics in the UK
  • Past Historians and Current Practice
  • Religion, Spirituality and Ethics in Europe

And either:

• The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual


• The Archaeology and History of Death


  • Religion, Spirituality and Ethics in Europe


  • Religion, Spirituality and Ethics in the UK

Students must choose either:

• Independent Study Module


• Research Methods Module

Students must choose one of the four History Civilisation Study modules:

  • Civilisation Study: Church and Society in Later Anglo-Saxon England
  • Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Russia 1825-1914
  • Civilisation Study: English Monasticism 1066-1540

Students must choose one of four Archaeological modules:

  • Roman Britain
  • The Archaeology of Conflict
  • Later Roman and Early Medieval Europe
  • Greek World

Students choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Volunteering for TRE
  • Volunteering in History
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual
  • The Archaeology and History of Death
  • Civilisation Study: Church and Society in Later Anglo-Saxon England
  • Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Russia 1825-1914
  • Civilisation Study: English Monasticism 1066-1540
  • Roman Britain
  • The Archaeology of Conflict
  • Later Roman and Early MedievalEurope

Year 3

  • Specialisms in Religion
  • Dissertation

Students choose any two of the following Archaeology modules:

  • The Celts
  • Church Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • Byzantium and Beyond
  • The Archaeology of Africa

Students choose any two of the following Theology, Religion and Ethics modules:

  • Advanced Studies in Ethics and Spirituality 1
  • Advanced Studies in Ethics and Spirituality 2
  • Advanced Studies in Religion 1
  • Advanced Studies in Religion 2
  • Advanced Studies in Theology 1
  • Advanced Studies in Theology 2

Students choose one of the following pairs of conjoined Depth Study History modules:

  • Pax Romana
  • Norman Conquest
  • Wars of the Roses
  • Japan

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The programme uses a range of teaching approaches to suit different learning styles and subject areas. The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Programme Leader

Dr Phil Marter 
Interests: archaeological field practice; the archaeology of the twentieth century, World Wars, medieval ceramic production sites and experimental archaeology.

Teaching team

Professor Chris Aldous (Head of History)
Interests: twentieth-century Japanese history; medical history; environmental history.

Professor Mark Allen
Interests: nineteenth and twentieth century British history; history and computing.

Dr Natalya Chernyshova
Interests: Soviet and Russian history; modern Eastern Europe.

Professor Louise Curth
Interests: Sixteenth-Eighteenth Century medical and veterinary history, the history of print culture and advertising.

Neil Curtin
Interests: eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century American history; Cold War; European fascism.

Dr Paul Everill
Interests: the development of archaeology as a profession over the last 200 years; later prehistoric-medieval period of Georgia.

Dr Niall Finneran
Interests: the archaeology of Africa's medieval states; the archaeology of religious identity and CRM in Africa, the Caribbean, the Near East and the Arabia peninsula.

Dr Carey Fleiner
Interests: classical Greece and Rome; the Carolingian Renaissance.

Christina Grande
Interests: art of Classical Greece and Ancient Rome, especially sculpture.

Dr Xavier Guégan
Interests: Cultural Political and Social Colonial and anti-Colonial History; British India and the wider Empire; French Colonial Empire, especially Algeria; global connections and ideas within the colonial and post-colonial world.

Dr Douglas Hamilton
Interests: Caribbean, the Atlantic World, Representations of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation.

Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers
Interests: Britain, Europe and the Americas between the 18th and 20th centuries, the Global Hispanic World and Transnational History.

Professor Tony King
Interests: Roman period, especially Romano-Celtic religion, villa economies, ceramic chronologies and vertebrate zooarchaeology of Roman sites.

Dr Ryan Lavelle
Interests: royal landholding in Anglo-Saxon Wessex; Anglo-Saxon England; Carolingian Renaissance.

Professor Neil Messer
Interests: Christian theology and ethics, especially medical ethics; science-religion debates.

Dr Rebecca Oakes
Interests: Late Medieval population studies; social history of late medieval Britain; history of medieval education.

Dr Angus Paddison
Interests: biblical studies; modern theology; ethics; Christianity and politics.

Dr Emiliano Perra
Interests: modern European history; media and history.

Dr Simon Roffey
Interests: archaeology of churches and other religious sites; portrayal of the medieval period in popular culture (for example books, film, magazines and computer games).

Dr James Ross
Interests: late Medieval England, particularly military, financial and administrative records and late medieval English politics.

Dr Simon Sandall
Interests: social, cultural and economic history of early modern Britain; English Civil Wars; English local history.

Dr Trish Skinner
Interests: European History from 300- 1200, especially Italy, women and gender, Jewish History and the history of medieval health and medicine.

Dr Nick Thorpe (Head of Archaeology)
Interests: Mesolithic to Iron Age periods in Europe, especially death, warfare and the archaeology of old age and disease.

Dr Peter Waddell
Interests: Christian theology, especially Christology, ecclesiology and sacramental theology.

Dr Christina Welch
Interests: death studies; indigenous religions; Judaism; Islam; western alternative spiritualties and new religion; contemporary popular culture and religion.

Dr Keith Wilkinson
Interests: geoarchaeology, especially the impact of people on the natural environment; environments associated with Palaeolithic sites; detection of archaeological sites by remote sensing; approaches to the examination of deeply stratified sites.

Dr Ellie Woodacre
Interests: gender and power; female rule; political and cultural history of the Renaissance (1400-1650); French, Spanish and Italian History.

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 25% of a module (three out of three classes) and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates may teach in areas such as history, religious education, ethics or cultural studies, and work in the areas of heritage and conservation. Knowledge of current beliefs and religious practices are sought after in such fields as human resources or business and in roles set in multicultural or international contexts.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time. 

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