3 years full-time
AAB (full entry requirements)
September 2018 (term dates)
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.
Both departments have impressive research reputations. History is 2nd for research performance, while 96% of research in Philosophy is internationally recognised.
Both departments use small groups for seminar discussions to allow an in-depth understanding of subjects
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.
You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year or just a term.
Your first year develops your basic knowledge of argument, reason and ethics. You'll also dive into popular and important periods throughout history.
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. You'll take three modules from History:
You will also choose from a range of Philosophy modules which look in depth at some key issues in philosophy:
These will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year.
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 optional Philosophy modules throughout the year.
Please note, 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.
|£9,250 (2017/18) |
Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
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.
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.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
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.
Research-led teaching here at York makes learning interactive and engaging. This includes lecturers, seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops and field trips.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||204 hours|
|Independent study||996 hours|
Independent study 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.
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.
History and Philosophy degree assessments are varied, but often include research essays and collaborative projects. Most history modules will let you write a practice essay before assessment.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The analytical and communication skills you learn with a history and philosophy degree are the first steps to your successful career. Around 95 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||60 credits overall, with 45 at Level
Of these 45, 30 should be at Distinction and 9 at Merit or above.
|BTEC||BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDD|
|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||AAAABB, including A1 in History|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AAAAB at Higher Level
AB at Advanced Higher Level, including an A in History
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)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
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.
Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions
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