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Dr Stewart McCain

Programme Director for History Programmes

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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 student experience (Times Good University Guide, 2018).

History is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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Why study History?

All people are living histories. We all live in societies that have inherited cultures, traditions and religions from the past. Our lives are shaped by technologies and processes that evolve over long periods of time.

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 and themes in detail.

Studying History at St Mary’s will also give you the opportunity to develop skills that employers look for in a range of careers. Our recent graduates have gone on to further study or to work in fields as diverse as teaching, museums and heritage, law and finance.

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.

You will also have the opportunity to learn through field trips, spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions and develop your professional skills through relevant work placements.

96% of History students at St Mary's were satisfied with the course, according to the 2017 National Student Survey. We are ranked the number one History department in London for student experience and were the second-ranked History department in the capital for teaching and learning (Times Good University Guide, 2018). We believe that this success rests on our commitment to combining excellence in teaching and research with a friendly and supportive environment.

Teaching methods

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.

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

Assessment methods

Most of our assessment is by coursework (about 90%) with a small number of revealed exams (about 10%).

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 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.

Key facts

  • Number one History department in London for student experience and second in London for teaching and learning (Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • 96% overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). History at St Mary's also scored 95% for teaching satisfaction, as well as 91% for learning opportunities and learning resources in the 2017 NSS.
  • 90% of our students were in employment or further study six months after graduation (DELHE 2016)
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, just a half hour train journey from Central London
  • Explore the history of a broad range of different periods and geographical areas
  • Expert staff with excellent research reputation offering a high level of student support
  • Study overseas at one of our international partner institutions
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Joint honours

Course content

Year one

  • Approaches to History 
  • Revolutions and Rebellions 
  • The Atlantic World 
  • The Mediterranean World 
  • War and Society 

Year two

  • A European Field-Trip 
  • Art and Power 
  • Doing History 
  • Great Southern Land: Australia 
  • Popular Culture, Aesthetics and History 
  • Race and Ethnicity in the USA 
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Year three

  • American Politics and Culture in the 1960s 
  • Civil Rights in America, 1945-1993 
  • History Dissertation 
  • History Independent Study 
  • Liberating Histories 
  • Renaissance Venice 
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Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

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

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.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & 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.

Further information

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