History courses for 2018

Single Honours

History at Bristol is taught by internationally renowned experts who are recognised for their innovative research.

Our degree offers an exceptional range of units which reflect our diverse interests, including the social and cultural history of modern Europe, the history of the British Empire, Europe in the Middle Ages and environmental history.

We cover the histories of Britain and continental Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa, and themes ranging from pagan religions to smuggling, from the history of medicine to Soviet youth culture.

Why study History at Bristol?

We are consistently one of the highest-ranked departments in the UK, with a strong international reputation. We place particular value on our research-led teaching, but our syllabus has a particular and distinctive emphasis on independent original research. Our students undertake source-based research projects in all three years of their degree and we actively encourage students to explore their own interests with the support and guidance of academic tutors.

We offer you the opportunity to develop and extend your interests through varied teaching formats, and your choice of a large and diverse range of units that draw directly from the broad chronological, geographical and thematic range of our research interests.

What kind of student would this course suit?

If you enjoy an independent and critical engagement with the past, and have an interest in active historical research, this course will appeal to you. The flexibility in unit choices allow you to develop your own independent pathway through your degree.

With our emphasis on small-group seminar teaching and undergraduate research projects, this course will appeal to those who wish to pursue independent study. In particular, the course will to students who enjoy discussing ideas and sources, and communicating their research in a variety of ways.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our degree emphasises small-group seminar teaching that facilitates student discussion. Our teaching also includes lectures, tutorial-supported research and group projects. You will be expected to spend longer periods of time on independent study as the course progresses.

Assessment is by coursework essays, dissertations and research projects, along with written exams and oral presentations.

Throughout your degree you will undertake original historical research, culminating in your final-year dissertation. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will follow your progress and give you advice throughout your time at Bristol.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates have excellent career prospects and are much sought after, finding employment in diverse fields. The skills you will develop while studying history at Bristol, such as the ability to think independently, critically assess information and present complex ideas under pressure, are highly valued by employers.

Our students have an outstanding record in securing graduate careers in areas such as law, journalism, the media, marketing, finance, government and teaching, as well as going on to postgraduate study.

Read more about what students from History go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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