Studying history at UCL gives you opportunities to explore the subject which are probably unrivalled anywhere else in the UK or Europe. This flexible degree programme offers an exceptional range of courses, enabling you to study ancient, medieval and modern history, from the third millennium BC to the contemporary world.
- Degree Programme
- History BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- History required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in History, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23-28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including History
A1,A,A-AAA at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including History at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*-A*A, including History.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Drawing upon UCL History, related UCL departments and relevant University of London colleges, the programme offers a wide variety of courses spanning extraordinary chronological breadth and geographical range.
- Specialisms of the department include the history of the ancient Near East, the history of the Americas, the cultural and intellectual history of Europe, and transnational history.
- The flexible programme structure allows you to pursue your own intellectual passions. You are encouraged to study languages and can take courses in related subjects such as archaeology or anthropology.
- Exceptional resources, including the British Museum and the British Library, are within walking distance, and other London-based museums and organisations provide unrivalled opportunities for accessing primary source material.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The programme includes three first-year core courses, a further core course and a research project of 5,000 words in the second year, and a dissertation, a special subject, and options chosen from a range of full-year and half-year courses in the final year.
We strongly encourage all our students to gain maximum benefit from the chronological range of expertise in the department by taking at least one course in each of ancient history; medieval or early modern history; and modern history.
Beyond these requirements the syllabus is very flexible. You may take up to 1.0 credit a year from another discipline, such as archaeology, geography, history of art, or a language.
In your second and third year you may choose specialist history courses offered throughout the University of London.
Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History
You will select 2.0 credits of optional courses, including at least 1.0 credit from a wide range of options in History. Options may include:
The Near East 1200-336 BC: Empires and Pastoralists
Europe in the Early Middle Ages
Enlightenment and Revolution: Europe 1715-1805
Building the American Nation: the United States 1789-1920
History and Politics in Latin America c. 1930 to present
Remaining credits can be selected from another approved interdepartmental or intercollegiate course.
Research Seminar (5,000-word research project)
You will select 3.0 credits of optional courses, including at least 2.0 credits from a wide range of options in History. Options may include:
Law's Empire: Legal Cultures in the British Colonial World
Penal Era or Golden Age? Ireland 1689-1801
The Human and its Others: Enlightenment Ideas of Ethnicity and Race
The United States and International Human Rights since 1941
Women in Antiquity
Up to 1.0 credit can be selected from another approved interdepartmental or intercollegiate course.
You will select 3.0 credits of optional courses, including at least 1.0 credit from a History Special Subject, at least 1.0 credit from History full-year and half-year courses (which may include an approved intercollegiate course) and up to 1.0 credit from another department or discipline.
History Special Subject options may include:
Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of the Union, 1854-65
Antipodean Encounters: Aborigines, Convicts and Settlers in New South Wales c. 1770-1850
Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of the Union, 1854-65
Great Britain and the American Colonies
Mechanisms of Power: Running the Roman Empire
Many of our courses include lectures, but our approach to learning mainly places emphasis on active student participation in seminar discussion (usually in groups of 15). Essays you write will be returned to you in individual face-to-face tutorials to provide constructive, personal feedback.
Your work will be assessed by a mixture of examinations and written coursework. Significant weight is given to an extended essay, based on original sources, produced in your final year.
The programme is designed to teach many transferable skills: how to gather and organise evidence; how to analyse it and present a structured argument; how to express yourself clearly both in writing and orally.
UCL's History graduates have excelled in a wide range of occupations, as lawyers, financial advisers, stockbrokers, television producers, diplomats, journalists, bankers, teachers, and in the health service, the police and overseas development programmes, as well as in progressing to further study.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Joint Forces Command Portfolio Officer, Ministry of Defence (2013)
- Junior Parliamentary Assistant, UK Parliament (2012)
- Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Institute of Historical Research (University of London) (2012)
- Analyst, Deloitte (2011)
- Full-time student, MA in History at UCL (2011)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- £25,000 over duration of programme
- UK, EU
- Based on financial needs
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.