BA (Hons) History

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Introduction to our History degree

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.

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Join a course that's ranked third in the country for The Teaching on my Course, and fourth in the country for Academic Support (Source: subject ranking for History, National Student Survey 2022).

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 that's ranked 3rd in the country for The Teaching on my Course (Source: subject ranking for History, NSS 2022)
  • study at a university whose history research was ranked as ‘world-leading’ (REF 2021)
  • 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.

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.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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