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School of History




All our degrees follow a broad structure which emphasises core understanding and basic skills in the first year, range and depth in the second year, and specialisation and expertise in the third year, which will include a special subject with dissertation.This page outlines the structure for a typical three-year BA History degree. For information about specific subjects, browse our degree course listings. All courses offered are subject to change.

The first year

In the first year you will take a mix of compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules are designed to give you a common foundation from which to develop your skills and interests.Which modules are compulsory depends on the degree course you have chosen. The following example is based on the general history course.

Compulsory modules (60 credits)

All students take the History in Practice module (15 credits).

Students must also take at least one of the following:

and at least one of the following:

with compulsory modules totalling 60 credits.

Optional modules (60 credits)

First year History undergraduates can choose the remainder of their credits from all level 4 modules including those listed above and: 

with a total of 120 credits from compulsory and optional modules. 

The second year

In your second year you are free to choose from a wide range of more focused, in-depth modules.

Optional modules (120 credits)

Examples of second year modules may include:

Your academic advisor will help you decide on options and explore with you how to design a coherent range of choices. You can also choose modules from other Schools at Queen Mary.

The third year

In the third year you can mix freedom with specialisation. History students take a Special Subject with a 10,000 word dissertation, as well as a range of module options.

Special Subject with dissertation (60 credits)

Examples of special subjects may include:

Optional modules (60 credits)

Examples of third year modules may include: