What will I learn?

Course overview

Study a broad range of periods, places and peoples, from antiquity to the 21st century. There is a lot of flexibility in this course, with a huge range of modules to choose from, allowing you to tailor your studies based on the areas of history that excite you the most. Our team are active researchers and in your final year you will work with them to explore new directions in their specialist field.

York has played a central part in many of our country’s stories. It's been a seat of royal power and a site of rebellion. York has been home to the magnificent York Minster and industrial slums. It's been both an administrative centre and a strategic target. With a rich selection of original sources including museums, libraries and historical sites, it is an inspiring place to study.

As well as inspiring you and helping you become a skilled historical researcher, this course provides opportunities to gain work experience and transferable skills. Our History, Community and Culture module provides experience in history-related careers and includes an integrated work placement.

You can take advantage of our extensive partnerships with heritage sites, archives and businesses across the city. Our connections include York Museums Trust, York Explore and Yorkshire Film Archive. Through these partnerships you can explore archived treasures, create historical exhibitions and build professional networks.


We use a range of assessment methods throughout your degree. This includes:

  • Essays
  • Primary source exercises
  • Reviews
  • Site reports
  • Open and closed examination
  • Reflective pieces
  • Coursework portfolios.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in History

A degree in History can lead to a wide variety of different career paths. This course teaches you to solve complex problems through independent critical thinking, use varied sources of information to form conclusions and present your arguments both verbally and in writing. These are valuable skills in diverse professional settings.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Historical research
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Historic building conservation
  • Public sector
  • Archives and curation
  • Librarianship.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£13,000.00 (US$ 17,620) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022


York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk,


YO31 7EX, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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