The undergraduate History programme at Queen’s offers students a wide choice of modules. Courses span a long chronological period from Ancient History through to the Contemporary History of the late twentieth century. The School has specialists in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history. The modules on offer
to undergraduates also cover a wide geographical area that includes Ireland, England, Scotland, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Students can choose modules that focus on gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.

BA Joint Honours
Archaeology and History 3 yrs (VV41)
English and History 3 yrs (QV31)
French and History 4 yrs (RV11)
History and International Studies 3 yrs (LV21)
History and Irish 3 yrs (QV51)
History and Philosophy 3 yrs (VV1M)
History and Politics 3 yrs (VL12)
History and Social Anthropology 3 yrs (VL16)
History and Sociology 3 yrs (VL13)
History and Spanish 4 yrs (RV41)
Theology and History 3 yrs (VV61)

History Degree highlights

History at Queen’s has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016.

Global Opportunities

  • The History programme offers students opportunities to travel and study at universities in Europe and North America. Short-term (two weeks) and longer-term (up to one academic year) exchanges are on offer. Examples include: • Aarhus Universitet (Denmark) • College of Charleston (South Carolina, USA) • Institut d’Etudes Politques de Bordeaux (France) • University of Oslo (Norway) • Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands) • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA) Field trips are also offered in particular years or as part of certain modules.

Industry Links

  • Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation. Internships have also been developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.

Career Development

  • Studying for a History degree at Queen‘s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.

World Class Facilities

  • Top Ranking: History at Queen’s has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016. Research-led Teaching: the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that History at Queen’s is producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen’s in the top 10 of UK history departments. The School hosts many research seminars, conferences and lectures, including the annual highlight of the Wiles lecture series.

Student Experience

  • The National Student Survey results show consistent student satisfaction with the History programme and university experience.
“I was delighted to be awarded the Martin Lynn Memorial Prize for first year History at Queen’s. The course has enabled me explore and develop many new areas of history and I look forward to continuing my studies.”
Mark Jose, Cambridgeshire, England
2nd Year, BA Single Honours History

Course content

Course Structure

Course Content
Stage 1
Core modules
• Exploring History 1
• World on the Move
• Exploring History 2
• History and Historians

Optional modules
Either one or two optional modules from other subject areas depending on whether the module ‘Revolutions’ is selected

Stage 2
Students take six modules:
One of:
• History and Society
• Recording History
• Visualising China’s encounter with the West
• Cabinets of Curiosity: Museums of Past and Present

Plus a choice of five modules from:
• Politics and Society in 19th Century Ireland
• The making of Modern Britain
• Running the Roman Empire AD41 – 235
• The American South, 1619 – 1685
• The Roman Origins of the East and West, 300 – 800
• Europe between the Wars
• Life, Love and Death in England and Ireland, 1350 – 1650
• Uniting Kingdoms
• Apocalypse, End of the World
• Politics and Society in 20th Century Ireland
• The making of contemporary Britain
• Greece and Macedon
• The American South, 1865 – 1980
• The Expansion of Medieval Europe
• Revolutionary Europe, 1500 – 1789
• Maymester module: Civil Rights in Northern Ireland and the US

Stage 3
Dissertation (compulsory)

Plus a choice of four modules from:
• The Russian Revolution
• The Second World War in Europe
• The Peasants Revolt, 1381
• Working class communities in the UK
• The Soviet Union, 1921 – 1991
• Britain and the Cold War
• Kings and Saints in Early Medieval Ireland
• Kings, courts and culture in Carolingian Europe
• Family, gender and household, 1740 –1844
• Rise of Christianity 1
• Rome under the Early Emperors
• Crisis and decolonisation: The BritishEmpire and the World, 1939 – 1997
• Society and Politics in Belfast 1780-1914
• Popular Culture in England – 1500 – 1700
• Origins of the Reformation
• Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster
• The rise of Christianity 2
• After Slavery
• The Irish Revolution 1917-1921
• Cold War in Asia
• The age of anxiety: Culture and Society inInterwar Ireland
• Religion, Secularization and Conflict inModern Europe, 1789 to present
• There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack? Race and Immigration in Post-war Britain
• The War of Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Ireland
• Modern America: The United States since 1964
• Going Places
Stage 1 Optional Courses
Students may choose two additional courses from throughout the University
Stage 2 Optional Courses
Courses at Stage 2 are generally survey courses seeking to convey a sense of the principal events, trends and developments in a particular country or region over a fairly long time span.

Stage 2 courses also encourage employability through the study of historical topics or research methods. Students can choose courses that include collaborations with the BBC or with local museums and repositories.

Stage 2 Optional courses are outlined below:
Politics and Society in 19th Century
The making of contemporary Britain
Roman Empire (AD 41-235)
The American South 1619-1865
The Roman Origins of the East
Europe between the Wars, 1919-1939
Life, Love and Death in England
Politics and Society in 20th Century
Greece and Macedon 404-337 BC
The American South, 1865-1980
History and Society
Revolutionary Europe, 1500-1789
Apocalypse! End of the World
Visualising China's encounter
International Module
Stage 3
Taught courses at Stage 3 are more specialised, offering the opportunity to study a short period or a particular theme or problem in detail, working from documents or other primary sources as well as secondary sources.

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

Stage 3
Stage 3 Optional Courses
The Russian Revolution
Popular Culture in England 1500 - 1700
The Soviet Union 1921-1991
Rome Under The Early Emperors
The Irish Revolution, 1917-1921
Kings, Courts, Culture in Carolingian England
Gender, Family and Household in Ireland, c. 1740-1840
Crime & Punishment 19th Century Ireland
Britain and the Cold War, 1945 - 1991
The War of Ideas 17th Century Ireland
Modern America: The United States Since 1964
Kings and Saints in Early Ireland
Society and Politics in Belfast
The Origins of Protestantism
Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster: From the United Irishmen to Ian Paisley
After Slavery: Race and Labour
Modernity in Missions: Overseas Christian Expansion, 1858-1980s
Age of anxiety: Irish Culture

People teaching you

Dr Elaine Farrell
Pathway Co-ordinator
School of HAPP

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
3 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
Medium Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal Study
24 (hours maximum)
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
1 (hours maximum)
hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Learning and Teaching

Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

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E-Learning technologies

Staff regularly incorporate e-learning technologies into their teaching to aid student learning.

Examples include:
Online class discussion forums
Interactive in-class electronic surveys (Personal Response System)
PeerWise and other technologies to facilitate peer learning

Group Projects

Group projects across all levels can be formative or summative.

Examples include:
Designing website content (module: Family, Gender and Household)
Conducting oral interviews (module: Recording History)
Researching and delivering a walking tour of Belfast (module: Deviance in Britain and Ireland)


Lectures are usually delivered face-to-face, although occasionally lectures will be provided online. Lecture aids might include handouts, audio/visual clips, and slideshows. Film screenings are also a feature of some modules.

Self-directed study

The History programme requires self-directed study, through reading secondary sources and identifying, locating and analysing primary sources. Self-directed study is important across all levels and guidance is provided by staff.


The seminar/tutorial has an important place in the History programme. These small-group classes are generally student-focused, with emphasis on peer engagement and active participation.


Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

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A variety of assessment methods is used, including written examination, coursework essays submitted during or at the end of the semester, group projects, oral presentations by individual students or collaborative groups, video-logs, discussion forums, tutorial activities, and dissertations.


Examples of feedback provided on this course are outlined below:

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Written feedback is provided on all coursework normally within two weeks of submission. Feedback is made available electronically on Queen’s Online. Members of staff will also arrange to meet with students individually to discuss their academic progress.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements

Irish leaving certificate requirements

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study History.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For last year's intake, applicants for this BA programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. The current entrance requirements are successful completion of the HND with 2 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 4 Passes overall. Any consideration would be for Stage 1 entry only.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and, where offers were made last year, the standard set was an overall average of 70%.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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 degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: 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.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)


Career Prospects

Graduates from the History degree at Queen‘s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History.
Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
• Accountancy
• Fast-stream Civil Service
• Management consultancy
• Museums, archives and libraries
• Performing arts
• Public relations
• Publishing and media
• Teaching
• Voluntary sector/charities

Professional Opportunities
A survey of graduates six months after graduation reveals that Queen’s graduates from History have recently gone into a range of careers, including: Recruitment Consultant; Trainee Accountant; Army Officer Cadet; Insurance Advisor; Management Trainee; Political Researcher; Fraud Officer; Business Development Officer; Business Associate; Auditor; Technology Consulting Associate; Arts Development Manager; Legal Assistant; Trainee Teacher; Rugby Coach; and Project Support Analyst.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,160
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,160
International £15,550

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

History costs

In Year 2 students can apply for a number of optional history exchanges with institutions in the USA. The cost will vary depending on the institution and length of exchange and can range from £500 - £6,000. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

How do I fund my study?

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.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.


Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application 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 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

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.

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

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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