History with a Year Abroad 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 degree combines the flexibility of the History BA programme with the opportunity to spend the third year studying abroad at an institution overseas. In the past, students have had opportunities to study at institutions in North America, South America, and in Ireland, as well as other locations.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- History required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- ABB (more about contextual offers)
- History required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in History, with no score lower than 5.
- 34 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 16 points in three higher level subject including grade 6 in History, 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 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
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including History at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, 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 Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
Spend your third year of study abroad. In recent years institutions have included the University of Pennsylvania; the Catholic University of Chile; University of Texas in Austin; University of California; University of Leiden, the Netherlands; University College Dublin; the University of Toronto; and the University of Sydney.
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.
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.
Exceptional resources, including the British Museum and 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 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. During the year abroad you will take the equivalent of 120 credits at your host university.
We encourage our students to gain maximum benefit from the chronological range of expertise in the department by taking at least one module 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 30 credits a year from another discipline, such as a language, history of art, archaeology or geography. In your second and final year you may choose specialist history modules offered throughout the University of London.
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.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in History with a Year Abroad.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
You will select 60 credits of optional modules, including at least 30 credits from a wide range of options in History. 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
Remaining credits can be selected from another approved interdepartmental module.
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.
You will select 90 credits of optional modules, including at least 60 credits from a wide range of options in 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
Up to 30 credits can be selected from another approved interdepartmental or intercollegiate module.
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. For students interested in the Chile exchange, Spanish is required. 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 and allocation of placements from the 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:
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of California
- University of Toronto
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC-Chile)
- University of Leiden
- University College Dublin
- University of Sydney
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.
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 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
Our approach to learning places emphasis on active student participation in seminar discussion, always in groups of fifteen 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.
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.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £23,300 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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.
In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1,000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
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.
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.
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