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Intellectual History

Entry Year: 2021

2 study options

Intellectual History BA (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
V300
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in History or Classical Civilisation.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL History or HL Classical Civilisation.
BTECs may be accepted - call the Clearing hotline for further information. BTEC entry requirements
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Intellectual History with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
V301
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in History or Classical Civilisation.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL History or HL Classical Civilisation.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Overview

Study how historical events shaped, and were shaped by, new ideas and influential thinkers.

This BA programme gives you the exciting opportunity to study the history of ideas at Queen Mary – home to leading intellectual historians such as Quentin Skinner, Gareth Stedman Jones and Georgios Varouxakis.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to the practice of intellectual history, with a comprehensive module on the foundations of modern thought. You’ll cover key figures in the history of political thought and philosophy, from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century.

From your second year you’ll have the opportunity to personalise your degree. Choose from a vast range of modules covering political, philosophical and scientific ideas, from the Chartists and Suffragettes to Darwin and 20th century totalitarianism. In addition you'll have access to the full range of social, political and cultural history modules offered 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 Intellectual 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

Compulsory

  • History in Practice
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe 1000 - 1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy
  • 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
  • Controversies of Science and Technology in the Making of the Modern World

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • History Research Project

Choose from over 25 modules, such as

  • Philosophical Britain: Cultural and Intellectual History, 1895-2012.
  • The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900 - 2000
  • The British Empire in Political Thought
  • The Darwinian Revolution: the History of a Dangerous Idea
  • The History of the Emotions
  • Totalitarianism: History & Theory of Twentieth Century Authoritarian Politics

The latest version of our module directory is available online. [PDF 2,913KB] Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

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

  • Making Thatcher's Britain: The Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997
  • The Idea of ‘the West’: a history from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century
  • The Kennedy Years
  • The Pursuit of Happiness? The Creation of American Capitalism, 1763-1914
  • The War on Terror

Choose from a range of modules, including

  • Anxieties of Empire: Rumours Rebellion and the Imperial Imagination
  • Reinventing Ourselves: Psychology, Sex and Chemistry in Modern Britain
  • Solitude in Life and Literature in the Enlightenment
  • The Enlightenment (I) and (II)
  • The Troubles in Northern Ireland

The latest version of our module directory is available online. [PDF 2,913KB] Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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 Intellectual 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.

Fatima Moosa, History (2019)

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.

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

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.

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About the School

The School of History is one of the top 100 in the World according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. 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. 

The diversity of our offering underpins our students’ ability to construct a degree that suits them. As a result, our undergraduate historians are consistently among the most satisfied in the Russell Group.

Our determination to combine wide-ranging excellence in research and teaching make us an exciting scholarly community. The diversity of ideas and experiences embodied in the School encourages all of us to understand history from new perspectives and enable students and staff alike to achieve insights into pasts that had been previously unthinkable.

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