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Overview Two of the UK's finest departments — now in one programme

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)


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 find out more about what we offer in our departmental brochure

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.

Course content What you’ll study


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.

English/History BA: course structure (PDF  , 181kb)

Year 1

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.

Academic integrity module

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:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:.

QS ranks both English and History Departments among the best in the world. See for yourself: QS world university rankings

Both the English and History Departments are ranked second overall in the UK for the quality of their research (REF 2014).

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

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.

  • You can expect an average of six to eight hours of contact time a week — and sometimes more, depending on which modules you choose to study.
  • Because of our open-door policy, there's ample opportunity for one-to-one meetings with your tutor for each module.


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.

  • Some modules use other forms of assessment, including closed exams, group presentations, and ‘open exams,’ which last between one day and two weeks.
  • You’ll receive a report from your course tutor for every module, indicating your level of performance, and detailed written feedback on every essay you write.
When I've spoken to friends at other universities, they've all been surprised and jealous that my teachers here are so accessible.
English student

Careers Where you’ll go from here

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.

Our History alumni
Our English alumni

Career opportunities

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Teaching
  • Diplomat
  • Member of Parliament

Transferable skills

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Data interpretation
York provides a supportive environment that is not only conducive to learning, but also to self-development.
English student

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

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.

A-levels and GCSEs

AAA, including As in both English and History (English Language and Literature is also acceptable).

  • We don't accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • AAAAA at Higher Level
  • AA at Advanced Higher Level, including English and History

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

Cambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, D3 including D3 in English and History

Access to HE

  • 30 credits from units awarded Distinction
  • 15 from units awarded Merit or higher

International options

International Baccalaureate
36 points, with 6 in all Higher Level subjects, including History and English

Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAAB including A1 in English and History

European Baccalaureate
85 overall, including 85 in English and History

English language

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)
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Grade C

Unistats for this course

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