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This History and Philosophy degree will give you a broad understanding of forces that shape societies and cultures, and of the issues involved in critical philosophical thought.
Historians look to understand past societies and analyse processes of historical change. Philosophers dissect world views and understand the past in relation to the present. Combining these subjects will develop your skills in research, argument and critical thinking, equipping you for a wide variety of careers.
You'll join two highly respected research intensive departments, and graduate with the expertise in the origins of contemporary society, as well as with the tools to analyse issues that arise in the modern world.
Both departments have impressive research reputations. You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of their field.
Both departments use small groups for seminar discussions to allow an in-depth understanding of subjects
York has a rich and turbulent history stretching back to the Romans. Today the city boasts beautiful architecture, museums and archives. There is also a strong sense of social justice; we are the UK's first Human Rights City.
Studying both History and Philosophy allows you to gain such a well-rounded understanding of the world, especially with the range of topics and modules available to study at York. I’ve enjoyed developing many different interests with experts in their field to guide you.
Millie, History and Philosophy student.
You can choose to focus your studies on specific periods and geographical areas, different types of history (social, political, cultural or intellectual), or different branches of philosophy (from logic and metaphysics, to philosophy of mind, to moral or political philosophy).
You'll take a balance of modules in History and half in Philosophy.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
There are opportunities to spend time in industry as part of this course.
Your first year develops your basic knowledge of argument, reason and ethics. You'll also dive into popular and important periods throughout history.
You will also study two option modules. Examples may include:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
You'll spend your second year exploring history through the context of the past and present. In semester 1, you'll study one History Explorations option module, and two Philosophy option modules. In semester two, you'll study the core module Historical Thinking. You'll also choose one Philosophy option module and either one History Explorations module or an elective.
In your final year of the History and Philosophy degree, you'll have the option of writing a dissertation or taking on a research project, as well as taking multiple in-depth courses in philosophy and history.
All students take one History Special Subject option (taken in two parts, one per semester) and two Philosophy options. They then take:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Communicate in-depth understandings of historical scholarship and a sophisticated appreciation of the use of analytical frameworks and concepts derived from philosophy in interpreting the past.
Understand and explain key problems, issues, and debates across a range of areas of philosophy and its history—including some at the forefront of contemporary work – and apply this understanding to the resolution of new problems.
Develop and articulate solutions to problems and puzzles, make an evaluation of the merits of different potential solutions and make a measured judgement about what is the best solution in each case, supporting that judgement with a sustained line of argument.
Demonstrate versatility in their ability to interpret, evaluate and deploy a variety of information types, including digital resources, material culture, visual imagery, texts, databases and statistical information.
Engage critically and constructively with the arguments and ideas of others, with an awareness of historical and cultural context, and make effective use of feedback and self-evaluation to extend their own skills and improve performance.
Convey ideas with clarity and precision and make sustained, original and persuasive arguments that utilise evidence and methodologies from history and philosophy.
Work effectively and productively as thinkers and learners, individually and in collaboration with others—planning and scheduling, seeking help where appropriate, initiating and pursuing projects, and working with others in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
Engage as informed citizens with the political, cultural, social and ethical aspects of contemporary debates and issues by using insights gained through the study of past societies and ideas, theories and analytical methods from philosophy.
|UK (home)||International and EU|
The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
You will have to pay for the cost of printing some assignments for submission as assessed work in Years 2 and 3.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Research-led teaching here at York makes learning interactive and engaging. This includes lecturers, seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops and field trips.
You'll be taught in small, interactive seminars of 10-20 students, in which you'll engage with the module content and explore any questions.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||6 hours per week|
|Seminars||5-6 hours per week|
These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during semesters. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
You will be based in both the Department of History and the Department of Philosophy which are situated on Campus West.
Nearly half of your teaching will take place in the Spring Lane building. The rest of your contact hours will take place in other locations on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Your first-year work doesn't contribute toward your final marks. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop over the course of their degree.
From Year 2 onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. Most History modules will let you write a practice essay before assessment.
You'll be assessed using a range of methods, including essays, research projects, written exams, group projects and presentations.
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The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The analytical and communication skills you learn with a History and Philosophy degree are the first steps to your successful career. You'll be able to tackle complex problems with confidence and intellectual independence, as well as communicate your ideas clearly and make persuasive arguments.
Our graduates have gone on to work in sectors such as:
You'll graduate with invaluable transferable skills such as:
AAB including an A in either History or Classical Civilisation
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction including at least 9 credits in History-related units and 9 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDD with an additional A Level or equivalent qualification in History or Classical Civilisation at grade A|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2 including D3 in History.|
|European Baccalaureate||80% overall, including 85% in History|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points, including 6 in History at Higher Level|
|T levels||We are currently not accepting T Levels for this course unless an additional A Level (or equivalent qualification) in History has been taken.|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||Scottish Highers - BBBB Advanced Highers - B in History We may also be able to consider three Advanced Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers, where an applicant does not meet the grade requirement through Highers alone. Please contact us to discuss your qualifications.|
|International foundation programme||Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve A or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
|MOOCs||If you successfully complete our online course Logic: The Language of Truth, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about MOOCs.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 105 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C / Grade 4|
|LanguageCert SELT||B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|LanguageCert International ESOL||B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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