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BA (Hons) History/Philosophy

Experience culture. Uncover the past. Understand the world.

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

VV15

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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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.

Small group teaching

Both departments use small groups for seminar discussions to allow an in-depth understanding of subjects

Course content

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 normally take about half of your modules in History and half in Philosophy. You have the option to write a historical dissertation in your third year on a particular topic that interests you.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

Your first year develops your basic knowledge of argument, reason and ethics. You'll also dive into popular and important periods throughout history.

History

Core modules
  • Thinking Through History (20 credits)
  • Group Research Project (20 credits) 
Option modules

Chose one from:

  • Political Communities in World History (20 credits)
  • Societies and Economies in World History (20 credits)
  • Knowledge and Beliefs in World History (20 credits)

Philosophy

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll spend your second year exploring history through the context of the past and present

History

Core module
Option modules
  • Histories and Contexts (20 credits): choose one module from typically around eight options.
  • Explorations (30 credits): choose one module from typically around 18 options.

Philosophy

You will also choose from a range of Philosophy modules which look in depth at some key issues in philosophy:

  • Ethics 
  • Theory of knowledge
  • The philosophy of mind and language
  • Metaphysics
  • The work of key figures in the history of philosophy

These will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year. 

Year 3

In your final year of the History and Philosophy degree, you'll have the option of writing a dissertation based on a historical period, or taking an in-depth course based on the philosophy of history. You'll also take a number of option Philosophy modules throughout the year.

History

You'll choose a Special Subject module (40 credits), typically from around 16 options. These are an advanced, source-based course on specific historical topic, taught through seminars.

You may choose to complete the History dissertation:

Philosophy

Core module
Option modules

Choose one 20 credit module from:

and

Choose one advanced option 10 credit module

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • 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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

Additional costs

You will have to pay for the cost of printing some assignments for submission as assessed work in Years 2 and 3.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

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.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Department funding

Living costs

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.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Teaching format

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. 

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures6 hours per week
Seminars5-6 hours per week

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.

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.

Teaching location

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. 

About our campus

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams54%43%17%
Coursework46%57%83%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in sectors such as:

  • Law
  • Social work
  • Marketing and communications
  • Politics, diplomacy and government
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Teaching
  • Publishing

Transferable skills

You'll graduate with invaluable transferable skills such as:

  • critical and analytical thinking
  • logic building
  • problem solving
  • excellent communication skills
  • time management
  • ability to analyse a variety of media

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB including an A in History or Classical Civilisation

Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM with an additional A Levels or equivalent qualification in History or Classical Civilisation at grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2 including a D3 in History. Accepted in conjunction with A levels.
European Baccalaureate 80% overall, including 85% in History
International Baccalaureate 35 points, including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our 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 IELTS 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.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS. You don't need to know a foreign language, but it may help for some third-year modules.

We encourage mature students to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice. We also consider applications for deferred entry and requests, after taking up an offer, to take a gap year.

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