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BAHistory and Philosophy

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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History and Philosophy are two complementary subjects that can be studied alongside each other at degree level.

If you want to understand the past to prepare for your future in a changing world, studying History is the way forward. As well as covering modern, early modern and medieval Britain and Europe, we offer considerable scope to study the wider world. You get the chance to question some of the prevailing myths, preconceptions and prejudices which surround the writing of History.

Philosophy is for people who find they are bothered by questions that their friends can cheerfully ignore; people who do not want to settle for conventional answers and received wisdom, but want to arrive at answers that stand up to the most searching examination. Studying Philosophy at the University of Birmingham will give you access to world-class talent in fields as diverse as Metaphysics, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind and many others.

History at Birmingham is ranked within the Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, whilst Philosophy is ranked within the Top 5. This is the fourth consecutive year that we have been ranked in the Top 5.

Programme structure

First year
History: you will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods and be provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study politics. You can choose two out of five introductory survey modules in History which explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History and Practising History (B): Approaches to History, which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.

Compulsory modules

Practising History A: Skills in History (10 credits)
Practising History B: Approaches to History (10 credits)
Choose one of these two modules:

Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits)
Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: the Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits) Choose one of the following modules:

Living in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present (20 credits)
War and Society (20 credits)
United States History 1865-2000 (20 credits)
History Joint Honours first year module descriptions

Philosophy’s first year modules will provide you with a thorough grounding in mainly mainstream western philosophy. You will take our compulsory modules, Problems of Philosophy, Reasoning and Logic, as well as 20 credits of optional modules.

See our first year Philosophy module descriptions (compulsory and optional)

Second year
History: The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in Group Research and extend your historical knowledge through one (20 credit) subject-specific Option module chosen from a wide range available. You also choose one of either History in Theory and Practice (20 credits) or Research Methods (20 credits) modules and may also be able to take the Professional Skills module (20 credits).

Compulsory modules

Group Research (20 credits)
Option (20 credits)
History second Year Joint Honours module descriptions

In second year, there are no compulsory Philosophy modules and you can pursue the topics and questions that interest you the most. Depending on your chosen balance of study, you chose 40, 60 or 80 credits from our range of optional modules.

See our second year Philosophy module descriptions

Year abroad
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year
History: The final year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B (20 credits). You can choose between an in-depth Special Subject module (20+20 credits), which is chosen from a variety of available subjects or a History Dissertation (40 credits). Joint Honours students taking a Special Subject can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).

Career opportunities

Charity work
Human Resources
International Development
Retail Management
Library and Archive work
Postgraduate study

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States