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World History

Entry Year: 2020

2 study options

World History BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2020
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BCC with at least a C in History
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
International qualifications
BTEC Entry Requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees

World History with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2020
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BCC with at least a C in History
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
International qualifications
BTEC Entry Requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees
World History


Focus your degree on world history, with a choice of topics that spans continents and time periods.

This degree offers a unique opportunity to study global politics, cultures and societies from the Middle Ages through to the modern day, taught by our internationally renowned experts in African, Asian, North American and European history.

In your first year you'll be introduced to the approaches and resources used by global historians, and learn to challenge conventional historical narratives by studying how cross-cultural and global perspectives have shaped human societies and international relations.

From your second year you can personalise your degree by choosing from a diverse range of modules. Examine the cultural history of modern Japan through the lens of Japanese cinema, or the transatlantic slave trade from the perspective of African societies. Or explore wider global themes, such as the rise of capitalism, international migration and the history of piracy. You will learn to consider, from a historical perspective, the emergence of modern global societies.

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

Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

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You can complete your World 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


  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History
  • History in Practice
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • Europe 1000 - 1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
  • Controversies of Science and Technology in the Making of the Modern World

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • History Research Project

Choose from over 25 modules, such as

  • Africa Bound: Politics, Society and Power During the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Africa in Europe: Renaissance Encounters
  • Gotham: The Making of New York City 1825-2001
  • Heritage After Empire: Decolonising Public History
  • Piracy in World History
  • Race in the United States: Slavery to Civil Rights

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


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

  • Anxieties of Empire: Rumours, Rebellion and the Imperial Imagination
  • Slaves on Horses: State and Society under the Mamluks
  • The Kennedy Years
  • The Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-21
  • The War on Terror
  • The “Heart of Darkness”? Identity, Power and Politics in the Congo, c. 1870 - 2010

Choose from over 25 modules, including

  • Cold War America 1945 – 1975
  • Protest and Revolution in Germany 1789 - 1989
  • The Modern Caribbean: Migration, Radicalism and Revolt
  • The Reform of Islam: The Legacy of Ibn Taymiyya (1263 - 1328)

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 World 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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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 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 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.


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.


As a history graduate, you can apply your degree knowledge directly to a career in museums, education or the arts and heritage sector.

Our graduates are also highly employable in other 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 the programme, 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.

Unistats data for these courses

World History - BA (Hons)

World History with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

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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