• UCAS Code: V100 BA/H
  • Campus Code: 4
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Places per year: 7-8

What happened during the fall of Rome, the English Reformation, or the Industrial Revolution continues to colour the way we see ourselves today. Israelis and Arabs, Bosnian Serbs and Muslims, Azeris and Armenians, Irish Protestants and Catholics claim the same soil and assert their respective rights on historical grounds.

History belongs both to the social sciences and to the humanities. Just as individual people are both objects and subjects, so is History, in that it incorporates the study of both art and science. In History we sometimes have to count or crunch numbers; sometimes we imagine what a place might have looked like to its inhabitants. How we do this tells us who we are.


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Course Overview

This course is very broad. You can study a range of different subjects and experiment with different historical approaches.

You will explore the past from many different angles, as well as the interaction between history and other disciplines, including:

  • politics
  • anthropology
  • sociology
  • economics
  • archaeology

You’ll also get to study specialist papers and work with varied source materials, such as:

  • Hollywood movies
  • Middle Eastern newspapers
  • medieval plague records

We’ll also encourage you to study a foreign language through the University’s Language Centre.

How You Learn

Teaching is provided through a mixture of lectures, seminars and small-group supervisions.

You will usually have 5 to 6 hours of lectures and classes each week.

You will also have regular supervisions, for which you’ll usually write an essay. This will give you the opportunity to debate and develop your ideas with an expert in the field.

You’ll be assessed through examination and coursework, including essays and book reviews. There is also an optional dissertation in the third year.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Offer Level

A-Level: A*AA

IB Diploma: 41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Other: See the University’s Entry Requirements page

Subject Requirements

You will need A level/IB Higher Level (or the equivalent) in:

  • History

Admissions Process

Written Work

Two school essays, written as part of your History course. You do not have to send this work before applying, we will write to you after you have applied and let you know exactly what you need to send and when.

Admissions Assessment

We do not require a written assessment for this subject.


Two interviews of around 25 minutes each.

Video Resource

Going beyond what you learn at school and engaging with super-curricular resources is a great way to develop your knowledge of your subject and demonstrate your passion at interview.

Watch this video of Dr Clare Jackson, History professor at Trinity Hall, discussing Stuart Britain in its European context with Andrew Marr.

Last updated: May 2024 for 2025 entry