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History with a European Language BA

Studying history at UCL gives you opportunities to explore the subject which are unrivalled anywhere else in the UK or Europe. This four-year flexible degree programme introduces you to anglophone and continental European traditions in academic history as well as to an ambitious range of themes, geographical areas and chronological periods. You will spend your third year studying at a European university, where teaching is conducted in another language.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
V1R9
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
History and a European language required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

Contextual offer

Grades
ABB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
History and a European language required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in History and a European language, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
34 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 16 points in three higher level subject including grade 6 in History plus a European language required, 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:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. Level 3 units must include elements of History or clearly demonstrated modules with historical approach.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including History and a European Language

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including History and a European Language at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA, including History and a European Language.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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.

Degree benefits

  • Gain the experience of living and studying in another European country. In recent years countries have included France (Paris, Sorbonne Université), Germany (Berlin, Humboldt Universität), Spain (Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Seville, Universidad de Sevilla) and Italy (Venice, Università Ca' Foscari).

  • Develop a high level of linguistic competence, through the compulsory language requirement at UCL and through studying at a university that teaches in the applicable European language.

  • Drawing upon UCL History, related UCL departments and relevant University of London colleges, the programme offers a wide variety of modules spanning extraordinary chronological breadth and geographical range.

  • 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The programme includes three first-year compulsory modules, a research project in the second year, at least nine months studying at a foreign institution in the third year, a final-year special subject, dissertation, and options chosen from a range of full-year and half-year modules. You will take 30 credits of language modules in each of the first two years to prepare for the year abroad.

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.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. All seminar groups are capped at a maximum of 15, final-year dissertation subjects at a maximum of 10.

Covid-19 study abroad updates
For this academic year, if you were due to study abroad, you should have been contacted by your department with more information. Further guidance can be found on FAQs for 20/21 Study Abroad students about coronavirus (COVID-19).    If you are planning to study abroad in 2021/22, UCL and your department will be in contact with you at the start of the upcoming academic year with information on the application process.      If you plan to study abroad in future years, UCL and your department will provide relevant information and guidance nearer to the time.   

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Writing History
Making History
Approaching History
Module in the language of the country to be visited on the year abroad, or relating to the literature/culture of that country

Optional modules

You will select one full-year module from the wide range of options available within UCL History, to the value of 30 credits. Options may include:

The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the End of the Attalid Kingdom
The First European Union? Christendom c.11-c.1350
British History 1850-1997
The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920
History of Latin America c.1830-c.1930

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research Seminar
Intermediate/advanced module in the language of the country to be visited on the year abroad, or relating to the literature/culture of that country


During the Spring Term students will participate in the Study Abroad Preparation Programme, the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for progression to the year abroad.

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits from a wide range of history modules, including at least one full-year module taught in UCL History. Options may include:

Asia, the Aegean, Europe: Dividing the World in Ancient Greece
Sin in the Middle Ages
American History in Hollywood Film
Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Modern Middle East
Africa, Decolonization and Internationalism

Year abroad key information

Students will follow modules over one academic year at another institution in lieu of modules they would have been taking at UCL. Students should not submit an application to study abroad until they have established that the host institution offers modules compatible with the requirements of their UCL degree. No allowances will be made for non-native speakers by our partner institutions, so students must be confident operating in the target language at an advanced level. Students will receive guidance for their year abroad from the History department during the Autumn Term of the second year. Work placements are not offered.

Year abroad: further details

In recent years host institutions for this programme have included:

  • Université de Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV)
  • Humboldt Universtät zu Berlin
  • Universta Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • Complutense Universidad de Madrid

Note: Students cannot study at an institution where UCL does not have a bilateral exchange set up.

Visit UCL Study Abroad for further details including passports and visas, accommodation, and tuition fees.

Download departmental study abroad information sheet.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Dissertation

Optional modules

You will select 90 credits of optional modules, including at least 30 credits from a History Special Subject, at least 30 credits from History full-year and half-year modules (which may include an approved intercollegiate module) and of up to 30 credits from another department or discipline. History Special Subject options may include:

Death and Dying in Ancient Mesopotamia
Animals, Demons and the Boundaries of the Human in the Late Middle Ages
Great Britain and the American Colonies, 1760-1776
Untold Stories: Constructing Lives, Narratives and Experiences in Wartime East Asia
Apartheid's Collapse and the New South Africa


Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

Your learning

Our approach to learning places emphasis on active student participation in seminar discussion, always in groups of 15 or fewer. Some modules, particularly in your first year, will also include lectures. Essays you write will always be returned to you in individual face-to-face tutorials in which you will receive constructive, personal feedback.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Assessment

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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

Careers

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.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view
The department encourages students to explore and to pursue their own interests and the range of modules crosses continents, time periods, and disciplines. I have studied the history of three different continents so far, and my goal is to cross them all. Xiyu Cheng - History with a European Language BA Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£21,260 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page). Information regarding funding for the Year Abroad element of the course can be found on the UCL Study Abroad page.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Each candidate's profile is considered as a complete picture, taking into account your interest in and suitability for the degree, as shown in your personal statement and referee's report, as well as achieved and predicted grades. Your ability to present an argument, evidence of intellectual curiosity and your enthusiasm for and commitment to studying history will also be assessed.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2020



Selection

We are keen to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds as this helps us to maintain an intellectually and socially stimulating community. Applicants will normally have studied History; English or a language taken to a higher level is also an advantage; a European language to a higher level is required.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


Page last modified on 24 July 2020