Studying History is both challenging and enjoyable. Historians are welcomed in many areas of employment which require the skills of gathering, evaluating and presenting information in a coherent and persuasive way.
Why study History?
The History programme is designed to give you a broad overview of historical development and change over time, as well the opportunity to study particular periods and historical themes in more detail. It will enable you to develop the analytical and communication skills that are vital for gaining rewarding graduate-level employment.
It can be taken either as a Single or Joint Honours degree. You can follow a general programme of modules or follow a pathway in: Modern History or Early-Modern History.
Why St Mary's?
St Mary's provides a nourishing and nurturing environment for History students. There's a wide breadth of choice across the programme and dedicated academic staff are keen to ensure that you achieve your very best. Our curriculum is designed on the principle of research-led teaching: you will be taught by historians who are experts in their fields.
The University is on the doorstep of all of the employment opportunities that London offers. Our history graduates have gone into a variety of careers, including teaching, recruitment and business. Recent graduates have also moved on to do postgraduate work at top universities in the UK and abroad.
We have an excellent environment in which to study history: there are lots of historic houses in the area, including Strawberry Hill House, which is attached to the University. We are 20 minutes away from The National Archives and 40 minutes by public transport from The British Library. Our Final Year students have easy access to some of the best resources in the country in order to research and write their dissertation projects.
Our collaboration with the National Archives at postgraduate level is an important element of our commitment to Public History.
A Student View
Layla Nieden (Joint Honours with English)
"The History programme was both challenging and enriching, as students are able to choose from a variety of modules which not only range from diverse historical periods but also from different theoretical schools... Staff encourage students to think critically and outside the box which is demanding but also very rewarding for academic and many other future career paths."
History at St Mary's scored 94% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
The programme was also rated 96% for teaching satisfaction.