Each year of the programme carries 120 credit points. In first year students must take 40 credits of History courses: The Historian’s Toolkit (20 credits) plus 20 credits from Medieval Worlds: A Journey through the Middle Ages, Early Modern History: A Connected World or Making of the Modern World (20 credits each); and History of Art 1 (40 credits). You will have the opportunity to study 40 credits of courses from other disciplines. In second year students must take Introduction to Historiography (20 credits) and 20 credits from Making and Breaking Medieval Britain: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, c. 1100-1500; Britain, Ireland and Empire c. 1800-2000; Themes in Modern European History; Modern United States History; Global Connections, 1450 to the present (20 credits each); plus History of Art 2 (40 credits), and 40 credits of outside subject(s). In the third year, you will take level-ten 20-credit (one-semester) History 3/4MA courses (options), including Skills and Methods in History II; the Analytical Report in History of Art is compulsory and there is a choice of further History of Art courses. In the fourth year, you will take one level-ten 4MA, 40-credit, History course which runs over both semesters and 40 credits of History of Art courses. You will also write a level-ten dissertation of 8,000-12,000 words (40 credits), this can be either in History or History of Art.
To progress from Year 1 to Year 2, passes are required in all first year courses (120 credits); to progress from Year 2 into Year 3 passes are required in all of the courses taken in second year (120 credits).
Entry into Honours normally requires (i) passes in 240 credits of courses taken in the first two years, which must include all compulsory first year History courses, and(ii) passes at 50% or above, achieved at the first attempt, in 40 credits of second year compulsory History courses, which must include Introduction to Historiography, and 40 credits of the second year History of Art courses.
Progression from third to fourth year is dependent upon the completion of at least eighty credits and the award of an aggregate pass for the 120 credits of study in third year.
- Certificate of Higher Education: year one
- Diploma of Higher Education: year two
- BA in Humanities and Social Science: year three (although entry to honours means the commencement of two years of integrated study leading to an honours degree and not all students will be qualified for the BA HSS)
- MA Honours in History and History of Art: year four