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  • Medieval History achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • Survey a wide range of periods while zooming in on landmark medieval events such as the Norman Conquest, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses
  • Learn about another culture first-hand and boost your CV on a year abroad
  • Secure work placements at leading historic and cultural venues such as the Mary Rose and the British Museum
  • Learn from expert tutors and their cutting-edge research
  • Join a student-led history society on trips to sites of historical interest and talks by major historians
  • Study in a beautiful city steeped in medieval history

In Britain, we love our crumbling castles, noble cathedrals and bloody representations of the medieval age in popular culture. If you have a passion for history with a special interest in the Middle Ages, then this course is perfect for you.

On our Medieval History programme, you study the great sweep of history in Britain and around the world, from the transformation of the Roman Empire to Renaissance court politics.

Studying how people lived in the medieval world is highly instructive. The word medieval has become synonymous with lawlessness and brutality, but this was not always the case. Some populations had the vote, trade happened over long distances, and witch hunts were restricted to certain periods. Learning more about the medieval world and why it exerts such a strong hold over our imaginations can help you to better understand the contemporary world.

In Year 1, you take core modules that explore the nature of history as a discipline. You look at the changing assumptions, methods and definitions of history and explore the current concerns of historians. You also select from a range of possible optional modules, including Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 and Europe 1300-1500.

Having acquired research skills and knowledge in Year 1, your studies in Years 2 and 4 are more specialised. You take core modules that deepen your understanding of the study of history, including Past Historians and Current Practice, and optional modules focused primarily on the Medieval World. You either concentrate on how to use original documents (in translated ad printed form where appropriate) or explore, through  thematic approaches, social continuity and change over long periods.

In Year 3, you spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe or USA, gaining a valuable experience, broadening your horizons by learning about another culture first-hand, and boosting your CV. 

In Year 4, you produce your dissertation and take core modules in Writing History, and History and the Public Sphere. Optional modules take the form of Depth Studies, using primary and secondary sources as evidence, and Comparative Studies, where more than one country and culture is examined. Depth Studies options may include The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453, Alfred the Great, and The Pax Romana. The Possible Comparative Studies options include Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe, Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre, and The Black Death in Europe.

By studying Medieval History you develop transferable skills in written and oral communication, both as part of a group and individually, and critical analysis of evidence and large bodies of material.


Graduates work in museums and heritage sites. Others work within teaching, retailing, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national Government.

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.


Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field Trips

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

Study Abroad

Our BA (Hons) Medieval History with Year Abroad course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe.

Only students who maintain a good academic standing in the first two years of their programme (a minimum of mid-2:2 marks or a minimum GPA) and who meet the threshold standards set by the partner University will be allowed to proceed to the Year Abroad. If they do not, they would be moved to the standard Medieval History programme and complete their 3rd year in the UK as their final year. 

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and Teaching

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, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

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.

Overall workload

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: 216 hours
• Independent learning: 984 hours

Year 3: Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Placement: 1200 hours
Year 4 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
• Independent learning: 1032 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus, in Winchester.

Teaching hours

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)*

• 66% coursework
• 25% written exams
• 9% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*

• 77% coursework
• 13% written exams
• 10% practical exams

Year 3*

• 100% coursework

Year 4 (Level 6)*

• 66% coursework
• 21% written exams
• 13% practical exams

*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.

Further information

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

Entry requirements

2021 Entry: 104-120 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call  +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Case Studies 1: Sources and Approaches in History 15

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.

Perspectives on the Past, Part 1 15

This module, and its co-requisite, Perspectives on the Past II, introduces students to different perceptions of history. Over the course of the modules, students are asked to critically engage with micro- and macro-historical viewpoints through the lens of local, national and global history or in terms of the significance of particular turning points versus the longue durée approach of change over time. The modules are divided into three-week studies of a particular theme (for example, Empire Religion or War) with overviews at the macro- and micro- historical level. The final week of each theme concentrates upon a seminar which explores primary source material related to that theme and acts as a progress update for the presentations which groups will ultimately put together. By examining such trends in more than one context, students will be introduced to the difficulties of analysing continuity and change over long periods and in different regions.

Case Studies 2: Independent Study project 15

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.

Perspectives on the Past, Part II 15

This module, and its pre-requisite, Perspectives on the Past I, introduces students to different perceptions of history. Over the course of the modules, students are asked to critically engage with micro- and macro-historical viewpoints through the lens of local, national and global history or in terms of the significance of particular turning points versus the longue durée approach of change over time. The modules are divided into three-week studies of a particular theme (for example, Trade & Economy, Ecology, Disease & Famine or Migration) with overviews at the macro- and micro- historical level. The final week of each theme concentrates upon a seminar which explores primary source material related to that theme. By examining such trends in more than one context, students will be introduced to the difficulties of analysing continuity and change over long periods and in different regions.

Optional Modules
  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: The United States - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001 - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the Early Middle Ages (c.400 - c.888) - 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the Central Middle Ages (c.888 - 1200) - 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Reading History 15

Reading History 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 Reading History 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.

Practising History 15

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.

Optional modules

Option A: The Carolingian Renaissance - 15 credits
Option A: The Vikings and the Frankish World - 15 credits
Option A: The Investiture Contest - 15 credits
Option A: Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197 - 15 credits
Option A: English Monasticism - 15 credits
Option A: The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350 - 15 credits
Option A: The Reign of King John - 15 credits
Option A: Culture and Society in Late Medieval England - 15 credits
Option A: The Golden Age of Spain - 15 credits
Option A: Political Medievalisms - 15 credits
Option A: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 - 15 credits
Option B: The Age of the Vikings - 15 credits
Option B: Post-Carolingian Rulership - 15 credits
Option B: The Crusades - 15 credits
Option B: Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529 - 15 credits
Option B: Textiles in the Medieval World - 15 credits
Option B: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England - 15 credits
Option B: The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage - 15 credits
Option B: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 - 15 credits
Option B: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England - 15 credits
Option B: Exploring Past Localities - 15 credits

Work Placement - 15 credits
Group Project - 15 credits
Field Trip - 15 credits
Volunteering Placement - 15 credits

The Glory of Athens - 15 credits
Rome: Rise of the Imperial City - 15 credits
The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture - 15 credits
Alexander the Great - 15 credits
Imperial Rome - 15 credits
The Culture of Neoclassicism - 15 Credits
Exploring Teaching as a Career - 15 credits
Middle English Texts in Context - 15 credits
Old English I - 15 credits

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Year 4 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation in History 30

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.

History and the Public Sphere 15

History in the Public Sphere 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.

Writing History 15

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

Optional modules

Depth Study: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453 - 15 credits
Depth Study: Alfred the Great - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499 - 15 credits
Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles - 15 credits
Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598 - 15 credits
Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985 - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Norman Conquest - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559 - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation - 15 credits
Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162 - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250)  - 15 credits
Depth Study: The Black Death - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800 - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Chivalry - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre - 15 credits
Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century - 15 credits
Comparative Study: The Middle Ages in Computer Games - 15 credits
Work Placement - 15 credits
Field Trip - 15 credits

Depth Study: The Pax Romana - 15 credits
Depth Study: Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City - 15 credits
Comparative Study: Games and Gladiators - 15 credits

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2021 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Republic of Ireland

Channel Islands /
Isle of Man


Year 1 £9,250 £9,250 £14,100
Year 2 £9,250 £9,250 £14,100
Year 3 - Year Abroad £1,385 £3,700 £5,520
Year 4 £9,250 £9,250 £14,100
Total with Year Abroad  £29,135 £31,450 £47,820

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional Costs

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. Indictative costs vary between £300-£700.


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. Indictative costs vary from £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.

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.



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 free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono 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. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

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.

Key course details

UCAS code
4 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
On campus, Winchester