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Study how the movements, ideas and people of the past have shaped the present at London’s number one History department for teaching quality (Times Good University Guide, 2019).

  • London’s number 2 history department for teaching quality (Guardian University Guide 2021).
  • 100% course satisfaction among History students (National Student Survey 2020).
  • Opportunity to develop skills such as conducting research, analysing evidence, and communicating your findings.
  • You will be taught by historians who are experts in their fields.
  • Option to study with a placement year of paid work experience

Why study History?

In short, the study of History is essential, and at St Mary’s you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of different historical periods, countries, and themes.

You will immerse yourself in histories of Britian, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and America, ranging from the medieval period to the present day. You will study the rise and fall of states, the causes of wars and revolutions, and social and political movements.

You will be doing much more than learning what happened, you will be interpreting sources, explaining how and why societies change, and thinking about why that is important, and by doing this you will be equipping yourself to analyse the many challenges of today’s world.

Studying History at St Mary’s will also give you the opportunity to develop skills such as conducting research, analysing evidence, and communicating your findings - all skills that are valued by a wide range of employers. Our recent graduates have gone on to further study or to work in fields as diverse as law, finance, marketing, public relations, teaching, museums and heritage.

You may also qualify for the new St Mary's History Scholarship.

Why St Mary's?

As a History student at St Mary's, you will benefit from a wide breadth of choice across the programme and dedicated academic staff who 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.

St Mary’s is ideally situated for the study of History, within easy access of London’s many museums, archives and historic houses. As a History student at St Mary’s you will extend your understanding of the past and the ways it is presented through field visits to the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Hampton Court, the London Docklands, the Palace of Westminster, and many other sites.

You will also have the opportunity to spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions and develop your professional skills through relevant work placements. Students have previously undertaken placements at the British Library, Strawberry Hill House, Ham House, the Sikorsky Museum of Polish History, and local secondary schools.

94% of History students at St Mary's were satisfied with the course, according to the 2018 National Student Survey. We are ranked the number one History department in London for teaching quality, and number two for student experience (Times Good University Guide, 2019). We believe that this success rests on our commitment to combining excellence in teaching and research with a friendly and supportive environment.

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History lecturer, Prof Glenn Richardson, was a recent guess on the Not Just the Tudors Podcast to discuss his biography of Cardinal Wolsey and looks at the reasons for his to power under Henry VIII and his sudden fall and death.

Placement year

History is also available with a placement year of paid work experience.

Foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying History.

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Course lead

Dr Stewart McCain headshotDr Stewart McCain
Programme Director - History

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Combine History with another degree

History can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

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Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying History.

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Course content

In the third year, you will need to choose either the 'Dissertation' or 'Independent Study' module.

Year one

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Year two

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Year three

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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

Our History degree offers graduates wide-ranging opportunities from publishing and banking, management training to the media, tourism, law and teaching.

Relatively few people who study history become professional historians or teach history. Most seek occupations where they use the skills of analysis and clear expression that they developed in studying history

We offer a bespoke History related work placement module, delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Workplace Learning.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to History students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The course is predominantly taught through seminars and workshops, where you will work collaboratively with other students to analyse historian’s work and a range of primary sources. We will support you in class to develop your ideas and think critically about the periods under consideration.

Some teaching is also done through lectures and tutorials, which are a great opportunity for you to discuss your work with us in detail.

As a student at St Mary’s you will also learn about the past and how it is presented through field visits to museums, historic sites and archives.

Class sizes range from ten to 25 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 17%
  • Guided learning: 23%
  • Independent study: 60%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

The majority of our assessment is through coursework, although there are a small number of revealed exams.

Our assessment models are different for each module, allowing you to develop a range of demonstrable skills during your degree programme.

Many modules are assessed through essays, but you will also write critical commentaries about primary sources, or review books and articles. In some modules, you may create and present posters, or participate in mini-conferences where you'll present your work to your peers in a supportive and encouraging environment.

You will receive written feedback on all assignments and are encouraged to meet regularly with tutors to discuss your work individually.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £13,650

*Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

Students have the option of taking a European Field trip module at Level 5 (year two), which is subsidised by the Programme, but will involve some additional costs.

Students will also have the option of spending one semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, in the US, Europe or Australia. This Study Abroad option will incur extra cost, but allows students to experience living and learning in another cultural environment. For more information please check the Study Abroad section.

There may be travel costs relating to off-campus placements, but these are optional.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Further information

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Visit the campus

Upcoming open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Subject talk and online open day experience

We've put together a bespoke virtual open day for anyone interested in studying History at St Mary's.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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