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.
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 THIRD YEAR ENGLISH AND HISTORY
In the first year, you will split your studies equally between the English and History degree. In Years Two and Three, it's possible to vary the balance and devote more time to either English or History.
In Year One, we'll introduce you to the undergraduate study of English and History. Our modules will give you the skills you need to study both English and History and how to combine the two disciplines.
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 Year Two, you'll choose from a range of modules across the English and History departments. These include:
You will also take a bridge modules, Texts and Histories, which combines the disciplines of historical and literary studies, and is taught jointly by a historian and a literary scholar.
In your final year, you'll take two further English Special and/or Period modules, alongside the year-long History Special Subject. This is an in-depth study of an important historical process or problem. You'll also write a substantial dissertation bridging the two subjects.
York's English and History degree is renowned for a flexible and innovative approach to teaching. You’ll learn through a programme of small seminars, lectures, and one-to-one consultations.
Essays are the main mode of assessment. These include short exercises in close reading to more detailed interrogations of a topic of your own choosing. In your final year, you’ll write a 7000- to 8000-word dissertation.
When I've spoken to friends at other universities, they've all been surprised and jealous that my teachers here are so accessible.Miranda English student
As well as a broad set of skills, the combined English and History degree gives you a wider range of career possibilities for the future. Students find the communications and critical thinking skills they learn here help further their careers.
York provides a supportive environment that is not only conducive to learning, but also to self-development.Sharon English student
All applications must be made through UCAS. We look for intellectual and literary curiosity, open-mindedness, and analytical ability.
We usually interview mature candidates, and candidates with special circumstances and/or qualifications. Interviews are usually a half-hour conversation about your interests. We’ll ask you to bring along some recent essays that you’ve written.
AAA, including As in both English and History (English Language and Literature is also acceptable).
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
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
6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units
Pearson (Academic PTE)
61 overall with 51 in all parts
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English