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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to Validation

  • 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.

Careers

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

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

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: 204 hours
• Independent learning: 996 hours

Year 4 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
• Independent learning: 1044 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

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.

Assessment

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)*

• 68% coursework
• 28% written exams
• 4% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*

• 72% coursework
• 13% written exams
• 15% practical exams

Year 4 (Level 6)*

• 60% coursework
• 28% written exams
• 12% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

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

2020 Entry: 104-120 points
2021 Entry: 104-120 points

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

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.

A grade 5 in an History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Classics, Ancient History, History of Art, Economics, Politics, or English subject is required.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk 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
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • International Introductory Module: Origins of Greek Civilisation: from Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (2000-600 BC)
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c.800 - c.1200)
  • Introductory Study: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-814CE)
  • Introductory Study: The United States
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Introductory Study: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837
  • Introductory Module: Europe in Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914
  • Introductory Module:  Modern Europe, 1789-2001
  • Introductory Module:  Seventeenth century England
  • Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange

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 - Norman Sicily ca 1000-1197 15 Credits

Option A - English Monasticism 1066-1540 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 - Golden Age of Spain 15 Credits

Option A - Religion, Politics and 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 - 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 Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution, c.1350-1700 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

Middle English: Texts in Context  15 Credits

Old English I 15 Credits

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Year 4 (Level 6)

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.

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

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

Channel Islands/
Isle of Man

International

Year 1 £9,250 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 - Year Abroad £1,385 £3,700 £5,400
Year 4 £9,250 £9,250 £13,500
Total with Year Abroad  £29,135 £31,450 £45,900

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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 and EU 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/EU 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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*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:

Optional

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.

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. 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.

Mandatory

Books

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

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £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
VS90
Duration
4 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester