3 years full-time
A combined English and History course offers one of the most wide-ranging and adventurous of university degrees. It encompasses almost every aspect of human culture.
Staff in both departments are world-renowned for their research, which covers every period of history, every major genre, and all areas of the world.
You can discover more about the Department of English and Related Literature’s exciting degree programmes by watching our video.
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It is fantastic to be a part of two amazing departments and explore both subjects in exciting ways. I have been completely supported by both departments and the chance to write an interdisciplinary dissertation with two supervisors is a real highlight of my joint studies.Alex
All combined course students take 120 credits each year, adding up to 360 credits across the course of your degree. In the first year, you will split your studies equally between the English and History components of your degree. In Year Two, it’s possible to vary the balance and devote more time to either English or History. In Year Three, your choice of Advanced Option Modules (English), Special Subject (History), and bridge dissertation topic let you tailor the degree to your own interests and needs.
NB: This information reflects the current course content and structure, which may be revised from year to year.
In the first year of your degree, we’ll introduce you to the undergraduate study of English and History. Our modules will give you the skills you need to start doing literary and historical research, and advice on how to combine the two disciplines.
English/History students take the following three modules in English, which are worth 20 credits each. These modules are designed to lay the foundation of literary study for your whole degree.
You will also take a further 60 credits in History:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In the second year of your degree, you’ll choose from a range of intermediate modules across the English and History departments.
English/History students take a minimum of 40 credits in English in Year 2. You will choose from the same options as our single subject students. These include a choice of modules covering Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth-Century and Romantic, and Modern Literature, as well as our World Literature offerings and Topic Modules. English/History students can also elect to take Critical Questions.
In addition, all English/History students take Texts and Histories, designed specifically for their degree pathway and taught by a member of staff from each department. This module is the cornerstone of your combined course programme; it will provide you with a range of critical and analytical skills that are applicable across periods, and that will highlight the possibilities offered by studying two disciplines.
You will also take a further 50 credits in History:
In the third year of your degree, English/History students take two Advanced Option Modules in English, one in the Autumn and one in the Spring. You will also study a History Special Subject.
You will also undertake a Bridge Dissertation, one of the distinctive features of the English/History degree at York. The Bridge Dissertation invites students to undertake a research project that brings the study of English and History together, and is supervised by a member of staff in each department. This year-long advanced module offers you the chance to use all the research and writing skills you will have developed at York.
We are proud of our international outlook. If you’re also interested in studying abroad, there are a number of options both in the English-speaking world and in Europe.
Both the English and History Departments are ranked second overall in the UK for the quality of their research (REF 2014).
QS also ranks the Department of English and Related Literature and the Department of History among the best in the world. See for yourself:
In both English and History, you’ll learn through a programme of seminars, lectures, workshops, and one-to-one consultations. We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you’ll mainly be taught in seminars.
York’s English and History degree is renowned for its flexible and innovative approach.
The Department of English and Related Literature employs a variety of assessment methods, including group presentations and closed exams, but with a strong emphasis on essay writing. Your main mode of assessment will be essays, which will range from short exploratory exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice, to the 8,000-10,000-word bridge dissertation in your final year.
The Department of History also uses a variety of assessment methods. These include assessed essays from 2,000-4,000 words, closed exams, and open exams. You will complete a 3,000-word group project in your second year and an 8,000-10,000-word bridge dissertation in your third year.
Both departments offer high levels of feedback and ample opportunities for students to meet with staff to discuss their written work.
When looking at different universities, York offered me the best flexibility to study English and History together. I love the way the different modules intertwine.Emily
Studying English and History at York will provide you with numerous career possibilities. You’ll learn presentation, language, and critical thinking skills during your combined degree, and gain expertise in complex analysis and research. These skills suit a wide range of careers, from law and teaching to national and local government and the creative industries.
While at York I learned to read fast while absorbing key details and to express myself clearly. I learned to listen and to be generous when sharing ideas. I gained confidence and developed a more independent way of thinking.”Sarah Ward-Lilley
Head of International Bureaux, BBC News
All applications must be made through UCAS. We look for intellectual and literary curiosity, open-mindedness, and analytical ability.
Normally, only mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications will have an interview. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
D3, D3, D3, including D3 in English and History
Access to HE
36 points, with 6 in all Higher Level subjects, including History and English
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAAB, including A1 in English and History
85 overall, including 85 in English and History
Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.