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.
- Degree includes 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.
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.
About the Placement Year
A placement year enables students to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between their second and final year. It is a substantial piece of paid experience where you can make a real contribution to your employer and it can really make you stand out from the crowd!
It will also enable you to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
- Build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in.
- Develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
- Get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job!
Support from St Mary’s every step of the way.
Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and careers teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities. You will need to attend some preparatory workshops which will explain all aspects of the placement year and give you the skills to find the placement of your choice. With access to our jobs board, careers events and employer contacts you will be able to approach companies confidently and find the right opportunity for you.
Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the 3 year version of your degree programme.
The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying History (with a Placement Year).
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Dr Stewart McCain
Programme Director - History