This varied and challenging Joint Honours degree allows you to gain a deeper understanding of human thought and action over time.
You'll discover key concepts and topics such as logic, ethics and historiography through core modules, where you'll also develop research skills and learn to construct effective arguments. Then you'll build on this knowledge base by choosing from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on topics that interest you across periods and cultures.
Our Schools of History and Philosophy, Religion and History of Science are large enough to host an impressively diverse range of research interests. That means we can offer degrees with plenty of choice so you can shape your degree to suit you.
Philosophy of the mind, religion or science, the Crusades, imperial Russia or modern China - whatever you're looking for, the chances are you'll find it at Leeds. You'll also develop a range of skills that really stand out to employers.
The University of Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy and history. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year you'll study core modules in both subjects, which will lay the groundwork for your degree. You'll develop an awareness of historiography and explore key issues in philosophy. You'll also build key skills in each subject, such as constructing effective arguments. You'll also have the chance to take optional modules on topics such as philosophy of the mind or science, or key periods of history, or you can study discovery modules from across the University.
You'll build on these foundations in the following year, when you'll choose from optional modules in each subject. You'll maintain a balance across earlier and more recent history, as well as key areas in philosophy such as logic and language, mind and knowledge or value philosophy.
In your final year you'll continue to take a balanced approach to your choice of philosophical topics while focusing on a specific aspect of history in your special subject. The choices on offer reflect the research interests of our diverse School from the medieval period to the present day, and cut across historical approaches and geographies.
You'll also have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in research, interpretation and analysis when you undertake an independently researched dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in History excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
You'll gain a broad base of skills from a Joint Honours degree in History and Philosophy.
As well as in-depth subject knowledge, you'll have good research skills and be able to analyse complex information from a range of sources. You'll be able to construct clear and persuasive arguments, and present and defend them using your advanced communication skills. You'll also have good organisational skills from juggling two different subjects.
Graduates have pursued diverse careers that reflect this variety, in areas like advertising and marketing, journalism, education, charity work, the civil service, business and finance, law and publishing.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.