BA (Hons) History

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Come face to face with the past, and explore what it can tell us about our present and future lives, with our BA (Hons) History degree in Cambridge.

A day in the life of BA (Hons) History student Julia

History at ARU

"My course has given me the skills to analyse and question, which are massively helpful for the future."

Join a course that's ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Learning Resources, Assessment and Feedback and Student Voice (National Student Survey 2021).

Focusing on a range of periods and themes including British and global histories, race and politics, gender, sexuality and the body, and also how we recreate history, you’ll take part in hands-on historical research to make sense of how past events have shaped our world today.

Cambridge is the perfect place to study history. Thanks to our close links with local organisations, you’ll find yourself handling historical objects, leafing through archival material, and working with museum professionals, as well as engaging with digital sources and archives.

There’s also the chance to study abroad for a semester, take part in European field trips, and go on work placements as you prepare for a career in many different fields including business, management, local government, heritage, museums and more.

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Hands-on learning

All our BA (Hons) History students have the opportunity to:

  • carry out research in Cambridge’s museums and archives
  • take part in live group briefs
  • go on European field trips
  • study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest
  • learn a language, with our ten-week Anglia Language Programme.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community in Cambridge and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • join a course with over 94% overall satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2020)
  • study at a university whose history research was ranked as ‘world-leading’ (REF 2014)
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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What can you do with a BA (Hons) History degree? The answer: Almost anything! Former ARU History graduates are now at work in the civil service, teaching, museums and heritage management, the police, the armed forces as well as other rewarding and enjoyable jobs.

You’ll also become skilled in data analysis, research, critical thinking and complex problem solving. Whichever career path you follow, you can be sure you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. We work with them to design our courses, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Master's, such as our MA History or MA International Relations. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Daisy Murray-Smith

"I loved the lectures and the discussions in seminars, not only because I was interested in the subject, but because you could see how passionate the lecturers were."

Daisy Murray-Smith

BA (Hons) History graduate and Records Officer with Surrey Police

Daisy's story

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