What will I be studying?‌

History and its partner departments offer eight core undergraduate degrees, which include an incredible range of module choices. Each degree has been carefully designed to guide students from broad, introductory modules at the beginning through to highly specialised and research intensive modules towards the end.

The flexibility of our degrees enables students to follow their own interests, as well as developing a range of skills relating to the practice and understanding of History.

Year 1

The courses you take in your first year develop core research and writing skills and provide a broad introduction to the history of the world from 400AD to the present day. Find out more about the first year.

Year 2

During Year 2 you will have the opportunity to specialise further, focusing on particular periods and topics and beginning to prepare for your dissertation. Find out more about the second year.

All students can apply to study abroad in their second year, or take an elective from another department.

Final Year

In your final year you will immerse yourself in a Special Subject, and one of our unique Comparative modules which cross chronological and geographical contexts. You will also make your own contribution to historical research through your dissertation. Find out more about the final year.

Nb. History with a Year Abroad and History and French are a four-year programmes. Students spend their third year abroad and return to York for their fourth year.


We pride ourselves on the flexibility of our courses. Not only can you choose from a huge range of History options, you can also study a module from another department (subject to their agreement) without opting for a joint degree.

Single-subject History students can take up to 40 credits of elective modules from other departments during their fourth and fifth terms at York. This may be in a related discipline such as Archaeology, English, History of Art or Music, or even a subject from the social sciences or natural sciences.

Find out more about elective modules.