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Cultural History

Entry Year: 2022

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BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2022
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Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
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Explore historical periods and topics through the lens of art, film and literature.

This 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 gender in medieval Islam and the development of New York as a cosmopolitan city. Delve into 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.


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


  • History in Practice
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
  • Europe 1000 - 1500: The Middle Ages and their legacy
  • 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

  • Architecture in London I, 1600 - 1837
  • Art in France from Louis XIV to the Revolution
  • British Horror: Film Television and Literature
  • 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

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


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 25 modules, such as

  • 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

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 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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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 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.


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 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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