3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB (full entry requirements)
September 2022(term dates)
£9,250 per year
£19,600 per year
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
An integrated history and art history degree will enable you to understand the forces that have shaped past societies and cultures, along with the artworks and artistic movements which those societies have produced.
This joint degree brings together two humanities disciplines to develop your skills in research, analysis and presentation. We offer an exceptionally wide variety of specialist options that range from the study of medieval churches to the history of twentieth-century Japan.
You'll gain expertise in the interpretation of visual forms of evidence such as paintings, architecture and material culture along with the ability to produce in-depth analysis of historical texts. You'll graduate as a highly-skilled, creative communicator, ready to make a valuable impact in a wide variety of industries.
Both departments have impressive research reputations. You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of their field.
Our courses cross the globe and take in nearly two thousand years of history, from the fall of Rome to the present day.
Our range of collaborations with museums and galleries will be invaluable to your education
We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.
Students normally divide their modules equally between the History and History of Art departments. This may vary slightly if you take an elective module in another department.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
This year of the degree is designed to help you ground your historical knowledge. Your modules will also provide you with a broad background to help you think about art in historical contexts.
You will take core modules which may include:
You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which 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:
This year will help you to develop the tools you will need to use in your final dissertation. You'll also get the chance look behind the scenes of a museum and learn the art of curatorship.
You will take core modules which may include:
You will choose from a selection of Histories and Contexts option modules, examples of which may include:
You will choose from a selection of Explorations option modules, examples of which may include:
You'll choose from a selection of intermediate seminar modules, examples of which may include:
You chose Museology and Curatorship in place of an intermediate seminar module.
Your final year will be all about preparing your final dissertation, which bridges the two subjects you will have studied. You'll also be introduced to the latest research in both fields.
You'll complete a dissertation spanning both History and History of Art:
You will choose from a selection of History Special Subject option modules, examples of which may include:
You will choose from a selection of History of Art Special Subject modules, examples of which may include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
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.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2022/23 entry. If you take a placement year - for example a year abroad or a year in industry - you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
UK (home) or international fees? 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.
|Field trips||Included in course fees||£30|
|Year in industry||Optional additional expense||£0|
|Travel to non-UoY locations||Included in course fees||£0|
|Printing, photocopying and dissertation binding||Optional additional expense||£0|
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 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.
At every stage of your degree, we're committed to research-led teaching. We emphasise engagement over memorising facts. That's why we include seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops and field trips in our curriculum.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||4-5 hours per week|
|Seminars||2-3 hours per week|
|Workshops||0-1 hours per week|
|Field trips||8 hours per term|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities. Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
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 term time. 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 History of Art on Campus West.
Your contact hours will be divided between Vanbrugh College on Campus West, and King's Manor in the city centre.
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. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
History and History of Art graduates are valued in the workplace for their ability to take the lead in project work and undertake independent research. They are critical thinkers, highly skilled in the evaluation of visual and written material, and creative communicators of their ideas.
Our graduates have gone on to work in sectors such as:
You'll develop a range of transferable skills including:
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 either 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|
|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: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. 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 Modern Sculpture: An Introduction to Art History, 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||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|LanguageCert International ESOL SELT||B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|PTE Academic||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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