BA (Hons) History

History at Winchester covers a range of cultures, centuries, wars and traditions. It samples the past from the classical to the modern period in Britain, mainland Europe, USA and Japan exploring different cultures, wars and traditions.
**subject to revalidation

BA (Hons) History at University of Winchester

UCAS code: V100

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

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.

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Economics, Politics, English

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language: 

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

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

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

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

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Poster printing: For particular modules students may need to pay for poster printing. Cost approximately £5.
  • Printing: In the final year of study, students are required to pay for their dissertation printing and binding. Cost approximately £5.


  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Approximately £150 per academic year.
  • Travel for research: Full time students working on dissertations in Year 3 may incur costs (mainly travel) of visiting archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. This would typically involve either travel to a local archive (e.g. Southampton, Portsmouth or further afield if the student chooses to study a locality away from Winchester) or a national archive, usually in London (TNA, British Library, Women's Library, etc.). Cost varies depending on individual student's research project*. 
  • Field trips: In the second year of study, students have the option of participating in a week-long, overseas field trip. Depending on location this cost can vary. Previous trips have cost between £300 - £700.
  • Work experience and volunteering: Both the History Work Placement and Volunteering Placement consist of approximately 12 visits and students are required to cover the cost of travel to their placement. Both opportunities are optional modules. Cost varies depending on individual student's research project*. 
  • Inter-library loans: Students, especially in Year 3, might benefit from using Inter-Library Loans. Cost £2.50 per book. 

*If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact the programme for more details- history

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):

USA; Europe (Bulgaria) via Erasmus

Work placements/field trips:

Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement at places like local museums or schools, The Mary Rose and the Gurkha Museum, and 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


There is a student-led History society which organises trips to sites of historical interest and talks by a variety of speakers.

Student satisfaction:

96% of students 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.

In Year 1, you are introduced to the study of history at degree level where you encounter different aspects of history, both chronologically and geographically, and explore a variety of historical periods and cultures from Britain and around the globe, including Asia, Europe and the Americas. It explores the nature of history as a discipline, its changing assumptions, methods and definitions, and the current concerns of historians.

Study focuses on different approaches, the acquisition of research skills and knowledge that forms the basis of more specialised study in Years 2 and 3. Transferable skills that are developed include undertaking oral presentations, both as part of a group and individually, which sit alongside essays, examinations and shorter assignments like the creation of posters and blogs. You choose from a range of optional modules in Year 2 that either focus on how to use original documents or explore, through thematic approaches, continuity and change over a long period of time.

In Year 3, optional modules take the form of Depth Studies and Comparative Studies. An understanding of methodology is developed by Depth Studies, which establish a comprehensive knowledge of a particular period by evaluating the use of primary and secondary sources and any issues associated with them as evidence. An area of historical concern across more than one country and culture is examined by Comparative Studies.

Year 1

  • Reading and Writing History
  • Historical Landmarks
  • Creating and Consuming History
  • The Shaping of the Past: Contours and Forces in Historical Change

Four Introductory Study modules from a choice of:

  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • Introductory Study: The United Kingdom in the 20th Century
  • Introductory Study: The United States
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: British History 1660-1832
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain
  • Introductory Study: The Roman Empire
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early
  • Stuart England 1500-1660
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Introductory Study: Classical Worlds II: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-1050CE)
  • Introductory Study: Europe And The Americas (1763-1914)
  • Introductory Study: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837

Year 2

  • Past Historians and Current Practice
  • Independent Study Module

Two Theme Study modules from a choice of:

  • Theme Study: Age of Discovery
  • Theme Study: American Slavery
  • Theme Study: Early Medieval Kingship
  • Theme Study: Women in History
  • Theme Study: Soviet Communism
  • Theme Study: Reactions to Poverty
  • Theme Study: The Normans and their Worlds
  • Theme Study: The Crusades Theme Study: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • Theme Study: 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Theme Study: Medieval Movies: Cinematic Depictions of the Middle Ages
  • Theme Study: Exploring Past Localities
  • Theme Study: The History of Rock and Roll
  • Theme Study: Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World
  • Theme Study: Genocide: Mass Violence  and the Making and Breaking of Empire
  • Theme Study: The Age of the Vikings
  • Theme Study: The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
  • Theme Study: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Theme Study: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • Theme Study: Anti-Imperialism
  • Theme Study: Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529
  • Theme Study: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Theme Study: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England
  • Theme Study: The Roman Household
  • Theme Study: Classical World on Film
  • Theme Study: Neoplatonism from Classical World to the Renaissance
  • Theme Study: The Atlantic World, C.1700-1850
  • Theme Study: War As A Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • Theme Study: History's Eye - Photography And Conflict, Ethnography And Society
  • Theme Study: The Reign of King John
  • Theme Study: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe

Two Civilisation Study modules from a choice of:

  • Civilisation Study: France in the Age of Louis XIV
  • Civilisation Study: The American South 1865-1970
  •  Civilisation Study: The Carolingian Renaissance
  • Civilisation Study: Late Medieval
  • Civilisation Study: The Third Reich
  • Civilisation Study: Victorian Culture and Society
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Japan
  • Civilisation Study: From Austerity to Affluence: Post-war Britain
  • Civilisation Study: The Golden Age of Spain
  • Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire 27BC-AD180
  • Civilisation Study: Edwardian Britain
  • Civilisation Study: Church and State in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Civilisation Study: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558
  • Civilisation Study: English Monasticism
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Russia 1825-1914
  • Civilisation Study: La Serenissima: Renaissance Venice 1450-1650
  • Civilisation Study: Georgian England
  • Civilisation Study: The Byzantine Empire,1025-1204
  • Civilisation Study: Nazism and the Holocaust
  • Civilisation Study: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947
  • Civilisation Study: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • Civilisation Study: From Slavery To Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838
  • Civilisation Study: Byzantium In The Age Of Justinian And Theodora (527-565CE)
  • Civilisation Study: England And Normandy In The Long Twelfth Century
  • Optional modules include: Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near  and Middle East; Middle English: Texts in Context; Value Studies; Field Trip; The War on Terror and the Axis of Evil and Beyond; Old English 1
  • Students also have the option of undertaking a Volunteer Placement, Work Placement or Group Project

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Reflecting on History

A pair of linked Comparative Study modules from a choice of:

  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in thePast
  • Comparative Study: Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
  • Comparative Study: Antiquity Revived
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
  • Comparative Study: Bystanders: Local, National and International Responses to Genocide in the 20th Century
  • Comparative Study: Religion and Society in Northern Europe in the Early Middle Ages
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Comparative Study: Conflict in England,France and Spain
  • Comparative Study: War and Peace in the Medieval West
  • Comparative Study: Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Religion
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Nation-Making in Early Modern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Health, Disease and Society in Britain and Europe 1500-1800
  • Comparative Study: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the  United States & Israel
  • Comparative Study: Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands And Commodities In History
  • Comparative Study: Slavery
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Travellers (10th-14th Centuries)
  • Comparative Study: The Black Death In Europe

A pair of linked Depth Study modules from a choice of:

  • Depth Study: America 1919-1941
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses1450-1499
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • Depth Study: The French Revolution 1786-1795
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-1963
  • Depth Study: Japan in War and Occupation 1937-1952
  • Depth Study: The Home Front: Britain 1939-1945
  • Depth Study: The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest
  • Depth Study: Interwar Britain
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • Depth Study: The Pax Romana
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
  • Depth Study: Iberia in the Reign of Isabel and Ferdinand 1469-1492 and 1492-1516
  • Depth Study: The Henrician & Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Depth Study: Life in Early Modern London
  • Depth Study: The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914 and North Africa and France: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I and II
  • Depth Study: The Carolingians:Charlemagne & Louis the Pious
  • Depth Study: The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I & II
  • Depth Study: 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire and Anti-Slavery,1787-1838 and 1838-1956
  • Depth Study: The Age of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media I (18th-19thc.) and II (19th-20thc)
  • Depth Study: Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 500-950CE and 950-1200CE
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures
  • Depth Study: The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth and Age

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 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.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors  and the wide range of services to students within the University.

The opportunity to engage with the seminar series specifically related to this pathway, the Modern History Research Seminar series, which features monthly papers given by both visiting and Winchester-based specialists and professionals.

Programme Leader

Dr Mark Allen
Interests: nineteenth and twentieth- century British history; history and computing. As Programme Leader responsible for the day-to-day running of the undergraduate programme Mark Allen is more than happy to answer queries from prospective students.

Teaching team

Professor Chris Aldous
Interests: twentieth-century Japanese history; medical history; environmental history. As Head of Department, Chris is more than happy to answer queries from prospective students.

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

Dr Robert Gray
Interests: environmental history, nineteenth century Hungary.

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
Reader in History. Interests: Caribbean, the Atlantic World, Representations of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation.

Dr Robert Houghton
Interests: Early Medieval European history, urban history of Medieval Italy.

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

Dr Ryan Lavelle
Interests: Politics and warfare in Anglo- Saxon and Norman  England; early medieval Europe; the Age of the Vikings.

Dr Eoghan Moloney
Interests: history and culture of the Classical period, 4th century BC and ancient Macedon.
Dr Rebecca Oakes
Interests: Late Medieval population studies; social history of late medieval Britain; history of medieval education.

Dr Emiliano Perra
Interests: History, memory and representation, particularly of the Holocaust and Genocide; television and history; modern European History.

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

Dr Simon Sandall
Interests: the social and cultural history of England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, the English Civil Wars and Local History.

Professor Trish Skinner
Reader in History. Interests: European History from 300-1200, especially Italy, women  and gender, Jewish History  and the History of Medieval Health and Medicine.

Dr Kate Weikert
Interests: Early Medieval northwest  Europe, gender and authority in England and Normandy c900-1200.
Dr Ellie Woodacre
Interests: Early Modern European political and cultural history, France, Spain and the Italian  Renaissance, Gender and Rulership.

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 have become historians working in museums and heritage sites. Others work within teaching, retailing, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national Government.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Anna - Castle Co-ordinator, Hever

For more information about graduate employment for the History department

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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