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BA (Hons) History/Philosophy

Experience culture. Uncover the past. Understand the world.

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

VV15

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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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

You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year or just a term.

Year 1

History

You'll also choose one of the following modules: 

Philosophy

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

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

You'll study one core History module:

You'll choose one Histories and Contexts module (20 credits). You'll typically be able to choose from around eight options:

Finally, you'll also choose one Explorations module (30 credits). We usually offer around 18 options for you to choose from:

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

You'll study a core Philosophy/History bridge module (10 credits):

You'll choose one option module (20 credits) and one advanced option module (10 credits) in Philosophy.  

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

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

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 offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

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.

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“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

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Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. 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. 

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars204 hours156 hours96 hours

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

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

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 History or Classical Civilisation) or

ABB (including History or Classical Civilisation) and pass in EPQ (extended project qualification). There is no restriction on the topic for your EPQ.

General Studies is typically excluded from conditional offers.

Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDD. We accept a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. An additional A Level or equivalent qualification in either History or Classical Civilisation is required alongside any BTEC qualification.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
Including a D3 in History
Accepted in conjunction with A levels
European Baccalaureate 80 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
International Baccalaureate 35 points, including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3, including H1 in History
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher Level
AB at Advanced Higher Level, including an A in History
EPQ

If you achieve a C or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.

English language

IELTS: 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

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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