Our committed team of historians are passionate about their subjects, which cover a broad range of cultures and traditions spanning 3,500 years. They will help you to explore the past seeking answers to pressing questions from the classical to the modern period in Britain, mainland Europe, the Americas (North and South), Africa and Japan. Within their fields of expertise, you could investigate topics as diverse as: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture, The Middle Ages in Computer Games, The Global Age of Napoleon, Imperial Japan, and the Post-War Teenager.
In Year 1, you are introduced to the study of history at degree level. We help you to gain a good grounding in historical periods and cultures from around the globe, including Asia, Europe and the Americas. You explore the nature of history as a discipline, its changing assumptions, methods and definitions, and the current concerns of historians.
In Years 2 and 4, you focus on the acquisition of research skills and knowledge as the basis of more specialised study. 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, you spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe, USA or Canada, gaining a valuable experience, broadening your horizons by learning about another culture first-hand, and boosting your CV.
In Year 4, 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. Comparative Studies looks at an area of historical concern across more than one country and culture.
This degree is ideal if you want to experience an extensive range of historical subjects and have the maximum flexibility of choice.
Our degrees, combined with inspiring extracurricular activities, such as field trips both in the UK and abroad, offer a wide and deep experience that opens up numerous career paths. Many Winchester graduates carry on to teaching and heritage roles but our alumni can also be found in political think-tanks, the Civil Service, the BBC, automobile and insurance companies and publishing houses, to mention just a few destinations.
What you need to know
Course start date
- 4 years full-time
From £9,250 pa
- History achieved 100% for academic support as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2023 National Student Survey
- Broaden your horizons and boost your CV with a year studying abroad
- Learn from expert tutors and their cutting-edge research
- Become a critical reader of evidence
- Study in a city steeped in history
- Enjoy trips and talks with our student-led History Society
Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.
You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.
Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
- Independent learning: 984 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
- Placement: 24 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Independent learning: 720 hours
- Placement: 480 hours
Year 4 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
- Placement: 24 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
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.
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.
Our validated courses 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.
We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
- 75% coursework
- 25% written exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 81% coursework
- 19% written exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
The Study Abroad year takes place at the end of level 5 study and before the start of level 6 and must be taken on a full-time basis only. The modules taken may be at any level but must be equivalent to 120 CATS credits in total and the marks/grades received will not contribute to the student’s award or classification; instead, the year will be graded pass/fail.
Year 4 (Level 7)*:
- 66% coursework
- 14% written exams
- 20% dissertation
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions
This module introduces students to the core skills required to study history successfully at degree level. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis. All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains partiality, which historians are trained to overcome. Working in small groups with one staff member per group, there will be a balance between developing awareness of these overarching core skills (such as conducting research and mastering referencing conventions) and a case study where students work on academic reading connected to a particular topic. This intensive small group environment will help students adjust to the university environment and provide a venue for delivering other transitional and transferrable skills.
This module takes a broadly chronological approach to world history, examining key themes, events and ‘turning points' from the Classical world to the present day. It will consider the rise and fall of civilizations in Europe and around the world, including Ancient Greece, Rome, China, and the Americas, before moving on to consider the ‘global Middle Ages’, the emergence of more complex states and empires, religious reformations in the Christian and Islamic worlds, scientific and technological innovations, and increasing global connectivity and exchange during the early modern period. Finally, it will address the ‘rise of the modern’ through urbanization, industrialization, and mass politics, including its diffusion, resistance, and the alternative paths societies around the world have taken to get to the present.
This module builds upon Sources & Approaches in History, further developing students’ skills as independent researchers, and giving students an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. Continuing to work in the same Case Study groups as, and on a related topic to, Sources & Approaches, students undertake an individual research project, on a topic negotiated with a tutor. In addition, there will be an element of group work as students combine their individual findings, presenting on a subtopic of the module’s overarching theme. As this module concentrates upon developing skills there is an emphasis on training for future employment. Students will be expected to engage with careers service activities in semester 2 and to report their activities in a reflective blog.
This module builds on Perspectives in World History by taking a more thematic approach to the broad sweep of global history. It introduces first year history students to important themes in global history, and challenges them to think critically about the contours that have shaped different cultures over time. It encourages students to explore how various factors have developed and travelled across different social and cultural contexts, placing strong emphasis on the interconnections of societies in the past. This is done with a focus on various themes for example, technology and economy, ecology, disease and famine, migration, gender and religion. Students are encouraged to make comparisons that will enable them to deconstruct the simplistic binaries of ‘science’ vs ‘religion’ and ‘modern’ versus ‘traditional’ societies, to explore more fully how cultural and material exchange occurred between different societies.
- British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
- International Introductory Module: The United States
- International Introductory Module: Early Modern Europe
- International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500
- British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500
- British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
- International Introductory Module: East Asia 1900-present
- British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
- International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
- British Introductory Module: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837
- International Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001
- British Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England
- British Introductory Module: Britain in the Twentieth Century
- International Introductory Module: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange
- International Introductory Module: Europe in the Early Middle Ages (c.400-c.888)
- International Introductory Module: Europe in the Central Middles Ages (c.888-1200)
- Introduction to the Classical Greek World
- Introduction to Classical Greek Literature
- Introduction to Classical Archaeology
- Introduction to the Classical Roman World
- Introduction to Classical Roman Literature
- Introduction to Classical Theatre
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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Practising History 1 provides an overview of ‘doing History’ from the Classical period onwards. It examines the ideas that have underpinned historical research and writing, from Herodotus to Post-Modernity, as well as recent theories of history (many of which have been drawn from other disciplines and including post-colonialism, gender and identity, spatial theory) as they have been used by historians. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise. Students are encouraged to link their studies in Practising History 1 with their other second-year modules. This module principally examines the ways in which British historians have worked from the early medieval period to c.2000. It investigates the influences which shaped their approaches (including, e.g., the work of foreign scholars such as Leopold von Ranke and the historians of the French Annales School). It also investigates theories of history – e.g. Marxist ideas. It emphasizes the expansion of historical interests and the methodologies which have permitted fresh areas of study in the last thirty years and looks at the current practice of history.
This module considers the planning and preparation of research and the methods and skills used, with particular reference to – but not sole consideration of – the dissertation. A wide range of historical approaches and methods are assessed, including use of local and national archives, databases and online sources, media and newspapers, visual images, standing remains, landscape and the material environment, public history, oral sources and scientific data. Ethics in historical research are also examined.
- Work placement
- Group project
- Field Trip
- Histories on Screen
- Exploring Past Localities
- Volunteering for History
- The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350
- Culture and Society in Late Medieval England
- Excommunication, False Monks, and Holy Satan: The Papal Imperial Conflict, 1070-1122
- Women Writing and Writing about Women in the Early Middle Ages
- Emirs and Caliphs of Al-Andalus: Iberia under the Umayyads, 756–1031 CE
- The Global Middle Ages
- The Golden Age of Spain
- Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558
- The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1980s)
- Victorian Culture and Society
- Imperial Japan
- The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947
- The American South 1865-1970
- Nazism and the Holocaust
- From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain
- From Dracula to Jack the Ripper: The Immigrant and the Imagination
- The Age of the Vikings
- Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529
- The Crusades
- The Iron Century: European Politics and Power in the Tenth Century
- Feud, Vengeance and Justice in Europe, c. 1000 to 1600
- Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
- The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
- Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England
- The Rise of the High-Speed Society (18th-20th centuries)
- American Slavery
- History’s Eye – Photography and Society
- Sisterhood – Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain
- Political Violence in Twentieth Century Europe
- ‘Subordinate Independence’: Japan’s Relationship with the US 1945- present
- Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in Twentieth Century Europe
- Welcome to the Anthropocene: Histories for the Environmental Crisis
It is your year to study at your chosen university abroad.
The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of a student’s choice. It makes an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding. It demonstrates an advanced capacity to work as a historian and to employ the conventions of a historian. Students must produce by due deadlines a proposal acceptable to internal scrutineers, evidence of substantial progress by the end of the first module as part of the assessment for the Research Methods module, and a record of supervision completed by the supervisor with the Dissertation.
This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, students will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research.
History Matters asks to students to engage with the process of accessing the past both through History as an academic discipline and alternatively in public history. Through the study of a variety of uses of the past in areas such as politics, journalism and popular media, students will engage with the methodological problems and nuances in studying History at degree level. This module will allow students to develop a more nuanced understanding of both popular and academic approaches to the past and to consider the applicability of academic history in more popular arenas.
The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499
Civil War, Revolution and Republic in the British Isles
The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52
The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
Genocide in History and Memory
Ruling England in the Second Viking Age
The Age of Napoleon in Global Perspective
The Post-war Teenager, 1945-1979
The Maghreb, Colonialism and Its Aftermath in North Africa and France 1827-Present
An Accidental Revolution: the Emergence and Dominance of the Italian City Commune, c.1000-c.1255
The Anarchy: The Anglo-Norman Civil War 1135-1154
Pax Romana: From the Julio-Claudians to the Severans, AD 14-235
Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe, and America c.1450-1800
Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe
Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel
Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
Borderlands and Commodities in History
Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century
The Middle Ages in Computer Games
The ‘Swinging’ Sixties
Chivalry – Knighthood, Warfare and Culture in Medieval Europe
Popular Protest in Late Medieval Europe
Forced to Flee: Refugees in a Century of Crisis
The Black Death
Hostages, Prisoners and Slaves: Captivity in the Middle Ages
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
Dissertation work: 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.). If the dissertation work is based in Winchester then costs will be far less.
Field Trip: Optional week long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip.Costs vary between £300-£700.
Year Abroad: Students going on a year abroad pay significantly reduced tuition fees for that year but will need to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. These will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
Visit the Study Abroad as part of your degree page for the latest information.
Placement: If students decide to complete an optional History Work/Volunteering Placement it may incur travel costs, which are dependent upon where the student undertakes the placement (if local it may be zero, but costs go up when public transport is used to travel). Students will have a say in where their placement is located. £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.
Core texts: Some modules require students to have access to books with an approximate cost of £100 if bought new over the course of a year (but texts can often be purchased at considerably reduced rates second hand). Mandatory modules might also require some core texts.Cost £150 per year.
Printing and Binding: The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.
SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.
Graduates have become historians working in museums, heritage sites, teaching and in many other sectors including in retailing, the arts, press, publishing, marketing and in governmental and non-for-profit organizations at local, regional, national and international level
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Programme Leader: Dr Emily Stiles
As a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Winchester I have a range of teaching interests, focussing (mainly) on Britain and Europe from the Enlightenment to the present day. I specialise in history and memory of the Holocaust, Jewish history, and cultural memories of war, conflict and forced migration. My research explores these areas largely through the lens of heritage, memorialisation and commemoration, with my first book, Holocaust Memory and National Museums in Britain, due for
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Our International students come from all over the world and we understand that some things are a little different when applying and then arriving at the University. We have therefore provided a list of some of the countries we work in with specific information included on entry requirements, funding opportunities, visas and other useful information.