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History and International Studies (BA Joint Hons) LV21

BA Joint Honours

History and International Studies

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Key Course Information

Entry Year

2017

Course length

3 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

ABB

Faculty

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Attendance

Full-Time

Professional Year Out

No

UCAS Code

LV21

School

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.

Overview

The study of History at Queen‘s spans the period from early Greece and the later Roman Empire to the early Middle Ages and up to the 20th century.

Students are encouraged to select from a wide range of modules, in geographical as well as chronological terms, with modules on Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, and on European expansion overseas, as well as on Ireland and Great Britain.

Within these areas, there are modules dealing with political developments, religious and economic change, and with social and cultural history, including modules in gender and women‘s history.

 

Why Queen's?

  • Internships are being developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.

  • The Research Assessment Exercises of 2001 and 2008 demonstrated that a high proportion of our research was of national and international excellence, and this is reflected in the research-led teaching that is a characteristic of our programmes. The 2011 and 2012 QS World University Rankings placed History at Queen's in the top 100 departments globally.

  • The School hosts many research seminars, conferences and lectures, including the annual highlight of the Wiles lecture series.

 

Entry Requirements

 

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

A-level: ABB for Single Honours and Joint Honours with English, French, International Studies, Irish, Politics and Spanish. BBB for other options.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3

All applicants: there are no specific subject requirements to study History. However, if you plan to study History as a Joint Honours degree you should refer to the subject requirements for the other course. 

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English 

How To Apply

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Course Content (including module information)

Level 1

Modules at Level 1 offer a systematic introduction to the discipline of History, partly by sampling some of the many different approaches that historians take in studying the past, and partly by an exploration of some of the major questions of theory and method with which they are concerned.

Level 2

Modules at Level 2 are generally survey modules seeking to convey a sense of the principal events, trends and developments in a particular country or region over a fairly long time span. Examples include:

  • Greece and Macedon 404-337 BC
  • Politics and Society in 20th-Century Ireland
  • The American South 1865-1980
  • The Expansion of Medieval Europe 1000-1300

Level 3

Taught modules at Level 3 are more specialised, offering the opportunity to study a short period or a particular theme or problem in detail, working from documents as well as secondary sources. Examples include:

  • Family, Gender and Household in Ireland c1740-1840
  • Popular Culture in England 1500-1700
  • The American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Peasants' Revolt 1381

In addition, Single and (if they choose) Joint Honours students at Level 3 complete a double-module dissertation based on an individually-assigned research topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor.

Some modules, especially surveys, use lectures and tutorials; others are taught through seminars, in which students are expected to come prepared to fully engage in and sometimes lead group discussions. There is also increasing use of web-based learning.

A variety of assessment methods is used, including written examination, coursework essays submitted during or at the end of the semester, oral presentations by individual students or collaborative groups, and dissertations. 

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

 On the BA (Hons.) in History and International Studies we set out to do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.   Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading.  Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers). 
  • E-Learning technologies:   Information associated with lectures and assignments is normally communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.  This enables us to place a growing number of electronic materials (course notes, set readings, and links to additional readings and clips e.g. Youtube). The range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example:  interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; modules on developing Skills and methods; a growing use of podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities. 
  • Seminars/tutorials:  Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-15 students).  These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers.  You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups. 
  • Study Abroad:  The opportunity to study abroad represents a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity during your degree programme, Students engaged in the study of History and International Studies are encouraged to make use of such opportunities. Students can spend a semester abroad at a continental university (where the language of instruction is English) or consider the other options for study in North America.
  • Self-directed study:  This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out. 
  • Dissertation:  In final year, you may undertake a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that you have chosen.  You will be assigned your own individual supervisor who will provide advice and support. The supervisor will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research and will provide feedback to you on at least 4 occasions during the write up stage. 

Personal Tutor:  Undergraduates are all allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.  Further details are shown in the section on the Student Guidance Centre. 

Career Prospects

Studying for a BA degree in History and International Studies will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form, as well as linguistic fluency, experience of working abroad, and intercultural awareness, all of which are highly sought after skills in a global job market. In addition, the subject-matter studied as part of a degree in History and International Studies is related to a wide range of contemporary issues, which allows graduates to understand the contemporary world in a broad cross-cultural perspective.

In a context where over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, we have found that employers of all kinds wish to employ History and International Studies graduates.Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the Public and Third (Voluntary and Community) sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the Private Sector. 

The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years: 

  • Accountancy – £20,000-30,000
  • Voluntary sector/charities - £15,000-18,000
  • Public Relations - £20,000
  • Banking: £28 000
  • Export Marketing: £15 000 - £25 000
  • Consultancy - 20,000+
  • Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: £16,000-25,000
  • Teaching: £21,500
  • Fast Stream Civil Service - £25,000
  • Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
  • Politicians in the Assembly and Westmintser - 50,000+ 

Employer Links

Consultations

We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Northern Ireland government departments and the North/South Ministerial Council. 

Placement Employers

Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as: 

 

  • the BBC
  • the Police Ombudsman’s Office,
  • the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments,
  • the Local Government Staff Commission,
  • the NI Electoral Commission,
  • the NI Local Government Association,
  • Mencap
  • NI Political Parties
  • Santander
  • The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels 

 

 

The Prospects websiteprovides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract History and International Studies graduates.

 Further study: For those wishing to pursue further study after their first degree, the Schools of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy and History & Anthropology provide a range of MA programmes, each of which can be taken either full-time in one year or part-time over two years. The MA programmes are being offered in French, Politics; Irish Politics; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; International Politics; Violence, Terrorism and Security; European Union Politics; Translation and Interpreting.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers. 

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment:  The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module.  Most modules on this programme are assessed solely through project work or written assignments.  Some are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Further and more detailed information is provided in each module handbook.

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. 

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W: http://www.qub.ac.uk/history 

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For course information
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W: http://www.qub.ac.uk/history 

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