School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Undergraduate History

Undergraduate History

History is an exciting and challenging subject. Trying to find out how people lived in the past requires imagination, scholarship and intellectual skills.

History at Newcastle has an excellent reputation. We are passionate about our teaching, we are approachable and our course is intellectually stimulating. Our academics are excellent researchers and teachers and our teaching is shaped by the research we do.

In your first year the compulsory module Evidence & Argument employs the research expertise of our staff in order to help you transition from school to university. Your stage 2 modules and stage 3 Special Subjects also reflect the areas of research expertise of our academics. Our stage 2 module Researching History helps you to start thinking about research yourself, how to write a literature review and how to prepare a research proposal. The year-long dissertation in your third year gives you a great opportunity to work with experts in order to develop your own piece of original historical research. The History and Society module in your last semester of stage 3 provides the vital link between academic history and history in the society, opening avenues to employment and revealing some of the ways you can put your historian’s skills to use in the wider world.

During the history degree you will be offered a great variety of optional modules which combine lectures, tutorials and seminars with visits to archives, museums and field trips. Our teaching aims to make you historians by developing your research skills, enables you to undertake critical analysis and helps you develop your oral and written communication skills. Such skills are in high demand by employers. Find out about history careers that you can work towards following a degree in history.

History students also have the opportunity to study abroad at a continental European university in stage 2 or 3.

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'The burning of Cranmer' Thomas Cranmer

Our degree programmes

At Newcastle we offer the following history undergraduate degree programme:

You can also study history within the following joint and combined programmes:

Our degrees can be:

  • single honours (a degree that concentrates on one main subject)
  • joint honours (two complementary subjects as part of a single degree programme)
  • combined honours (our flexible degree programme that allows you to study two or three subjects together)  

We also offer undergraduate degrees in classics and ancient history and archaeology.

International and exchange students

We welcome applications from international, Erasmus, study-abroad and exchange students. For further information, visit our International and Exchange Students page