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Sept 2020

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1 year (foundation)
+ 3 years (degree)



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Damian O'Byrne
Damian O'Byrne

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020 8240 4127

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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).

History (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study History (with a Foundation Year)?

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 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 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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Humanities Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in History.

Key facts

  • Number one History department in London for teaching quality, and number two for student experience (Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 94% teaching satisfaction among History students at St Mary's (Guardian Uni League Tables 2019).
  • 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

Joint honours combinations

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

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.

Foundation year

  • London Stories 
  • Performing Identities 
  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Individual Project 
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically 

Year one

  • Art and Power 
  • Doing History 
  • Histories of Transatlantic Slavery 
  • Revolutions and Rebellions 
  • The Mediterranean World 
  • War and Society 

Year two

  • Great Southern Land: A History of Australia 
  • Liberty or Death: The French Revolution 
  • Making History Work 
  • Popular Culture, Aesthetics and History 
  • Popular Culture: Politics and History 
  • Public Histories 
  • Race and Ethnicity in the USA 
  • The Hundred Years War 
  • The Sixties 

Year three

  • Civil Rights in America, 1945-1993 
  • Collective Memory and the Second World War 
  • History Dissertation 
  • Imagining the Ottoman Empire 
  • Independent Study 
  • Liberating Histories 
  • Nations and Nationalism  
  • Renaissance Monarchy 
  • Tudor Queenship 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a 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.


How the degree is taught

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. 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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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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