Cultural History

Entry Year:2019

2 study options

Cultural History BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
V142
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information

Cultural History with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
V143
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
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Overview

Explore historical periods and topics through the lens of art, film and literature.

This new degree programme offers an inspiring opportunity to study cultural history from the Middle Ages through to the modern day – incorporating art, architecture, artefacts, material culture, literature, film and media.

Tailor your degree and choose from a diverse and wide-ranging offering of modules, from the history of human rights to gender in medieval Islam and the development of New York as a cosmopolitan city. Delve into Jane Austen’s Georgian England, or explore medieval London through its pubs, plague-pits and monuments. Study Japanese film or the Golden Age of Hollywood, or examine the history of video games, from Pac-Man to Pokémon.

You’ll also have access to the full range of cultural, social, political and intellectual history modules offered by the School of History, taught by our internationally-renowned staff.

You can take this degree with a year abroad, immersing yourself in a different culture and society.

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Structure

You can complete your Cultural History degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

The course structure may change slightly as we finalise the curriculum for this new programme.

Compulsory

  • History in Practice

Choose at least one from

  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • Life and Death in the Victorian Home

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History
  • The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801
  • Race and the Desire for Difference
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: INtroduction to Intellectual History
  • Europe 1000 - 1500: The Middle Ages and their legacy

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

The course structure may change slightly as we finalise the curriculum for this new programme.

Choose from over 50 modules, including

  • Architecture in London I, 1600 - 1837
  • Art in France from Louis XIV to the Revolution
  • British Horror: Film Television and Literature
  • Contemporary Art and Society
  • From Muhammad to the Ottomans: A History of Medieval Societies
  • Japanese Film: History, Culture and Fantasy
  • London and its Museums
  • Outsiders in the Middle Ages, Women and Gender in Late Medieval England, c1300-c.1500
  • The Georgians: Society and Culture in Eighteenth Century England
  • Victorian Values: Religion, Sex, Race and Deviance in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

The course structure may change slightly as we finalise the curriculum for this new programme.

Compulsory

History special subject and dissertation module in one of 15+ subjects, which may include:

  • Behind Closed Doors: House, Home and Private Life in England, 1660-1850
  • The Kennedy Years
  • Making Thatcher's Britain: The Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997
  • Slaves on Horses: State and Society under the Mamluks
  • The War on Terror

Choose from over 50 modules, including

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the New Film History
  • Cold War America 1945-1975
  • Gotham: The Making of New York City 1825-2001
  • Modern Art, 1900-1950
  • Piracy in World History
  • Protest and Revolution in Germany 1789-1989
  • Solitude in Life and Literature in the Enlightenment
  • The Body is Science, Medicine and Culture since 1832.
  • The History of Emotions
  • The World that Jane Austen Knew: Women, Gender and Culture in England
  • Video Games: History, Culture and Representation from Pac-Man to Pokemon
  • Witches, Demons and Magic in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Cultural History BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

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Testimonial

Studying history has given me the chance to explore civilisations I never even knew existed. From medieval monks to modern day Britain, my eyes have been opened to a vast array of cultures.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

For each module you’ll usually receive two hours of weekly contact time, typically comprising a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour seminar.

Formal teaching is supplemented by one-to-one discussions in staff office hours and feedback sessions.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for study sessions, working on projects and revising for exams.

Assessment

Assessment typically involves a combination of examinations and coursework, or coursework only. Coursework may include essays, diaries, case-studies and oral presentations.

In your final year you’ll work on a dissertation worth 25 per cent of your final year mark, researching a specialised area of history that particularly interests you.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent resources to aid your studies, including:

  • membership of the Queen Mary Library, the University of London Library at Senate House, and reading access to other college libraries within the University of London
  • a vibrant History Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • opportunities to attend Public History Unit Lectures.

Entry requirements

Cultural History - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEAll our applicants are required to achieve grade C or 4 in GCSE English or equivalent. Individual academic schools may specify additional compulsory subjects, such as science or Mathematics.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Cultural History with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEAll our applicants are required to achieve grade C or 4 in GCSE English or equivalent. Individual academic schools may specify additional compulsory subjects, such as science or Mathematics.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

This degree will be particularly helpful if you wish to work in the heritage and creative industries.

Graduates from the School of History are highly employable in many sectors and commonly enter roles in publishing, journalism, policy, consumer and social research, management consulting and the Civil Service – making use of skills gained from studying history, including verbal and written communication, research, critical analysis and attention to detail.

Recent graduates from the School of History have been hired by:

  • Bank of England
  • Croud Marketing
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Gillamor Stephens
  • J.P. Morgan
  • LexisNexis.

Career support

The School of History has a dedicated Careers Consultant who can offer specialist advice. We hold an annual ‘History Futures’ event where you can meet former students and discover how their studies have helped them progress in their career.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the School

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. Our staff are at the forefront of research in their respective fields - world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio.

We regularly collaborate with other institutions such as the Royal Collection Trust, the National Maritime Museum, the Geffrye Museum and the V&A – giving you unique opportunities to meet curators and attend private viewings.

The School is home to a number of exciting research centres, including Centres for the Study of the History of Political Thought, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the History of the Emotions, so the teaching you receive is informed by leading-edge research.

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