History is concerned with contested interpretations of the past and
the limited nature of historical knowledge across diverse time periods
and geographical regions. This encourages an engagement with the
general methodological and theoretical approaches of historians
from social, cultural, political, economic, and gender perspectives.
Anthropology is concerned with key debates regarding
culture and society, examined by comparative methods and
ethnography, which entails engagement and participation in
the field. This promotes an understanding of diversity across
a range of cross-cultural fields, including kinship, economy,
ecology, religion, gender, art, music and morality.
History and Social Anthropology Degree highlights
History at Queen’s has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016. Anthropology at Queen’s is ranked 6th in the UK for this subject (Times 2016).
- As part of undergraduate training,
students carry out an eight-week spell of
ethnographic fieldwork in places across the
Study Abroad: all students within this
degree programme will have the possibility
of opting to study for a semester abroad
in their third year at an English-speaking
university in mainland Europe.
There is also a possibility for some to spend
an additional year in the United States
under the Study USA programme.
- Placements: internships have been
developed to allow students the
opportunity to carry out work experience in
World Class Facilities
- 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.
Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.
Institute for Cognition and Culture
Institute of Irish Studies
Summer schools (the Irish Studies Summer School
Internationally Renowned Experts
- QUB anthropology has international renown in the following areas:
Cognition and culture
Migration, conflict and disporas
The cross-cultural study of emotions
“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
The Joint Honours History and
Anthropology degree comprises
compulsory modules together with optional
modules. Students will choose three
modules from each subject totalling six
modules for the year. The modules are:
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
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.
• Greece and Macedon 404–337 BC
• Politics and Society in 20th-Century
• The American South 1865–1980
• The Expansion of Medieval Europe
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.
• Family, Gender and Household in Ireland
• Popular Culture in England 1500–1700
• The American Civil War and
• 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.
The modules in Anthropology are
constructed around four innovative,
1. What Makes Us Human?
Modules may include: Being Human:
Evolution, Culture and Society; World on
the Move; How Society Works.
2. Conflict, Peacebuilding and Identity.
Modules may include: Us & Them: Why We
Have Ingroups and Outgroups; Conflict and
Peace in Comparative Perspective.
3. Arts, Creativity and Music.
Modules may include: Evocative Cultures:
Image, Sound, Performance; Sound
Cultures: Music and Noise from around the
4. Morality, Religion and Cognition.
Modules may include: Apocalypse: The End
of the World; In Gods We Trust: The New
Science of Religion; Moral Psychology and
its relation to Politics and Law; Love, Hate,
As part of their dissertation study in years
2 and 3, undergraduate anthropology
students have carried out ethnographic
field research around the world, including
on orphanages in Kenya; AIDS in southern
Africa, education in Ghana; dance in India,
NGOs in Guatemala, music in China,
marriage in Japan, backpacking in Europe,
and whale-watching in Hawaii.
The Joint Honours History and Anthropology degree comprises compulsory modules together with optional modules. Students will choose 3 modules from each subject totalling 6 modules for the year. The modules are:
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.
History and Historians
Exploring History 2
Exploring History 1
Culture and Society
A World on the Move: Anthropological and Historical Approaches to
Power, Ritual and Symbol: the View from Anthropology
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.
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
Politics and Society in 20th Century Ireland
The making of contemporary Britain: 1914 to the present
The American South 1619-1865
The Roman Origins of the East
Europe between the Wars, 1919-1939
Life, Love and Death in England and Ireland, c.1350-1650
The American South, 1865-1980
Revolutionary Europe, 1500-178
History and Society
Greece and Macedon 404-337 BC
Roman Empire (AD 41-235)
Apocalypse! End of the World.
Politics and Society in 19th Century Ireland
Visualising China's encounter
Key Debates in Anthropology
Social Anthropology Optional Courses
Apocalypse! End of the World.
Dissertation in Social Anthropology Preparation
Sex and Gender Anthropological Dimensions
Migration, Displacement & Diasporas
Popular Music and Culture
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.
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.
The modules in Anthropology are constructed around four innovative, engaged themes: (1) What Makes us Human? (2) Conflict, Peacebuilding and Identity; (3) Arts, Creativity and Music; (4) Morality, Religion and Cognition.
1. What Makes Us Human? Key modules explore core elements of anthropology. They examine social groups, from families to nations, and social dynamics, from village politics to globalisation. In understanding social groups we examine individual life trajectories against the background of diverse social expectations. Modules may include: Being Human: Evolution, Culture and Society; World on the Move; How Society Works.
2. Conflict, Peacebuilding and Identity. Modules on this theme deal directly with large-scale Global Challenges such as conflict, security, and peacebuilding. Issues such as migration, ethnic conflict, and globalisation will be covered across all three years of the degree, with specialist modules looking at Ireland and at the role of anthropology in policy. Modules may include: Us & Them: Why We Have Ingroups and Outgroups; Conflict and Peace in Comparative Perspective.
3. Arts, Creativity and Music. Globally renowned for long-standing research expertise in the area of ethnomusicology and the arts, our modules examine issues of sound and music making; art, aesthetics and emotion; and performance and identity around the world. We explore the production, appropriation and use of material artefacts and images in a world of interconnectedness through migration, trade, and digital communication technology. Modules may include: Evocative Cultures: Image, Sound, Performance; Sound Cultures: Music and Noise from Around the World.
4. Morality, Religion and Cognition. These modules examine a number of important themes in religion and morality, including the origins of religion, apocalyptic movements, sacred values, and the relationship of emotion and religion. We will explore our moral worlds and beliefs through the socio-cultural, psychological, and evolutionary sciences. Modules may include: Apocalypse: The End of the World; In Gods We Trust: The New Science of Religion; Moral Psychology and its relation to Politics and Law; Love, Hate, and Beyond.
|Stage 3 Anthropology Compulsory Courses|
Religion and Ritual
Politics, Law and Power: From Duties to Rights
|Stage 3 Anthropology Optional Courses|
Dissertation in Social Anthropology: Writing-Up
Apocalypse! The history and anthropology of the end of the world
Sex and Gender Anthropological Dimensions
Migration, Displacement & Diasporas
Popular Music and Culture
|Stage 3 History Optional Courses|
The Russian Revolution
Popular Culture in England 150
That Vast Catastrophe
The American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877
he Soviet Union 1921-1991
Rome Under The Early Emperors
The Irish Revolution, 1917-1921
Kings, courts and culture in Carolingian Europe
Gender, Family and Household in Ireland, c. 1740-1840
Crime & Punishment 19th Century Ireland
Britain and the Cold War, 1945
The War of Ideas 17 C Ireland
Modern America: Since 1964
The Irish Country House
nterpreting Voices Of ThePast
Anglo-Normans In Ire 1169-1366
Society and Politics in Belfast 1780-1914
The Origins of Protestantism
Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster: From the United Irishmen to Ian Paisley
After Slavery: Race and Labour
Modernity in Missions:
Age of anxiety: Irish Culture
The British republic
Norman Conquest of England
Kings and Saints in Early Ireland
People teaching you
Dr Jonathan Lanman
History, Anthropology, Philoso
Contact Teaching Times
|Large Group Teaching|
6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching|
6 (hours maximum)
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
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|
2 (hours maximum)
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Learning and Teaching
information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
single-honours anthropology students have the opportunity to carry out anthropological fieldwork for an 8-week period, which forms the basis of a dissertation they write in their third year.
these introduce foundation information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. As the module progresses this information becomes more complex. Lectures, which are normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers, also provide opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on key issues as well as gain feedback and advice on assessments.
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.
a significant amount of teaching is carried out in small groups (typically 10-12 students). These sessions are designed to explore, in more depth, the information that has been presented in the lectures. This provides students with the opportunity to engage closely 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 their peers. During these classes, students will be expected to present their work to academic staff and their peers.
Details of assessment are outlined below:
A variety of assessment methods are used, depending on the learning objectives of each module, including coursework essays, written examinations, oral presentations, weekly assignments, learning logs, group projects, and dissertations.
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.
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.
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. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.
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 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 8 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 9 Merits and 7 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. Where offers were made last year, the standard set was an average of 65%.
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 (email@example.com), 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.
- 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.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES
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.
The INTO progression course associated with this programme is
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Skills to enhance employability
Studying for a degree in History and
Anthropology at Queen’s will assist you in
developing the core skills and employmentrelated
experiences that are valued by
employers, professional organisations and
academic institutions. Graduates from this
degree at Queen’s are well regarded by
local, national and international employers
and over half of all graduate jobs are
now open to graduates of any discipline,
including History and Anthropology.
The following is a list of the major career
sectors that have attracted our graduates in
• Development, NGO work, International
Policy, Public Sector
• Journalism, Human Rights, Conflict
Resolution, Community Work
• Arts Administration, Accountancy,
Creative Industries, Media, Performance,
Heritage, Museums, Tourism
• Public and Private Sector related to
Religious Negotiation, Multiculturalism/
• Teaching in schools
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.
The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,030|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£4,030|
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
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.
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 and Social Anthropology 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. Students can opt to take the Social Anthropology dissertation module. This will involve undertaking fieldwork in the summer vacation period between Years 2 and 3. The cost will vary depending on the location of the fieldwork, ranging from £100 - £500. The School will provide financial support up to a maximum of £300.
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.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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