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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. Develop skills for a range of careers and professions. 

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

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Why study History?

Our 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 and you can follow a general programme of modules or follow a pathway in Modern History or Early-Modern History. 

Why St Mary's?

We provide 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.

Teaching methods

At Levels Four and Five modules are taught through a series of lectures and seminars each week. More of the teaching at Level Four is through lectures, as students learn how to work collaboratively in seminar discussions. At Level Five, students should expect more of the teaching to be done through seminar and workshop discussion, alongside lectures.

At Level Six, seminars are organised around a set of key readings, and students are expected to do more independent reading to prepare for their classes. Seminars are organised around key questions, and usually run for three hour blocks on a weekly basis.

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, so you can 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

  • 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)
  • Explore the history of a broad range of different periods and geographical areas
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus
  • Expert staff with excellent research reputation offering a high level of student support
  • Study as part of a flexible Joint Honours degree
  • Study overseas at one of our international partner institutions

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

Please note: the tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 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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