This prestigious course allows you to explore a huge range of issues and themes, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 21st century and spanning across the globe.
Core modules will give you a firm foundation to understand historical change and gain valuable research skills. You can also choose from a wide selection of optional modules to explore periods and societies that really interest you. Whether it's medieval medicine or modern Africa, there's plenty to discover.
Our School of History is one of the largest in the UK, meaning we have expert tutors in an exceptionally broad range of areas - and their cutting-edge research will inform what and how you learn. We also have top-class facilities, including one of the biggest university libraries in England. It's a great place to study one of the broadest and most challenging degrees on offer.
Leeds has excellent resources for historians. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, including several National Collections, and the University Library offers comprehensive training programmes to help you make the most of the facilities we have.
Year 1 is about your transition to degree-level study. We help you to gain a good grounding in historical periods through modules in medieval and modern history. We also help you to develop strong research skills for the whole of your time at University and beyond.
Once you've built that base of knowledge and skills, you can choose optional modules across Year 2 to help you focus on the social, cultural, political or economic themes that suit your interests. You'll study at least two modules in the modern period and two from earlier times, but you can really tailor your degree to suit you.
By Year 3, you'll have a clear idea of how to apply what you've learnt to a special subject, focusing on a specific topic in depth with the help of primary sources. You'll also put your knowledge and skills into practice when you write a longer research dissertation on a topic of your choice.
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: AAA including A in History if taken, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
A degree in History from Leeds will equip you with plenty of valuable skills for a range of different careers. You'll be able to think critically and analyse information, asking the right questions and communicating your findings both verbally and in writing. Independence, self-motivation and initiative are also among the skills you will develop, so graduates from this degree are highly regarded by employers.
Recent graduates have gone into careers in marketing, journalism, teaching, publishing, the civil service, fashion, law, finance and heritage to name just a few.
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We do everything we can to help prepare you for your career. Student-run career groups allow you to get together with other students who share your career goals, while you could also become a peer mentor or apply for one of our paid internships. Or you could take one of our career-related modules to develop your employability or explore your options.
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
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
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.