The undergraduate History programme at Queen's offers students a wide choice of modules. Courses span a long chronological period from Ancient History through to the Contemporary History of the late twentieth century. The School has specialists in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history. The modules on offer
to undergraduates also cover a wide geographical area that includes Ireland, England, Scotland, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Students can choose modules that focus on gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.
History Degree highlights
History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016.
- The History programme offers students opportunities to travel and study at universities in Europe and North America. Short-term (two weeks) and longer-term (up to one academic year) exchanges areon offer.Examples include:• Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)• College of Charleston (South Carolina, USA)• Institut d'Etudes Politques de Bordeaux (France)• University of Oslo (Norway)• Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)• Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)Field trips may also be offered in particular years or as part of certain modules.
- Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation. Internships have also been developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.
- 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.
World Class Facilities
- Top Ranking: History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016.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.The School also boasts the following:• The Senator George J Mitchell Institute forGlobal Peace, Security and Justice• Institute of Cognition and Culture• Institute of Irish Studies• Two International Summer Schools (the IrishStudies Summer School; and the ConflictTransformation and Social Justice SummerSchool)
- The National Student Survey results show consistent student satisfaction with the History programme and university experience.
David J. Elliott, BA History
Graduates from the History degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History.
Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
• Fast-stream Civil Service
• Management consultancy
• Museums, archives and libraries
• Performing arts
• Public relations
• Publishing and media
• Voluntary sector/charities
A survey of graduates six months after graduation reveals that Queen's graduates from History have recently gone into a range of careers, including: Recruitment Consultant; Trainee Accountant; Army Officer Cadet; Insurance Advisor; Management Trainee; Political Researcher; Fraud Officer; Business Development Officer; Business Associate; Auditor; Technology Consulting Associate; Arts Development Manager; Legal Assistant; Trainee Teacher; Rugby Coach; and Project Support Analyst.
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.