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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

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  • Danske Bank
  • Education Authroities
  • Next
  • Sainsbury's
  • Santander

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Banking
  • Civil Servant
  • Librarian
  • Retail Management
  • Teacher
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Trainee Accountant

Overview

Learn from expert researchers how our uniquely broad choice of Histories and skills translate into the work place.

Summary

History at Ulster covers the period from early modern era to the 20th Century. You are given the opportunity to select from a broad range of modules that cover Ireland, Britain, the Americas, and Europe. Political, social, economic, and cultural history are given due weighting in a programme which offers unique modules in areas of study as diverse as witchcraft and labour history. Modules are taught by experts with proven track records of research in their field, and the course is designed to give you the skill sets to be successful in a wide range of careers.

If you are interested in teaching as a career you may decide to add Education to your degree ‘mix’ at undergraduate level before applying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education after you have completed your degree. Each Education module usually involves a two hour lecture plus a one hour seminar each week. In addition, you will have the opportunity for undertaking directed independent learning, which will enhance your potential for self-motivated study.

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This course addresses early modern, modern and contemporary history, exploring and analyzing many of the major developments that have shaped our current world. You will study European, British and Irish history, and also the history of the United States and parts of the Middle East. The course is particularly strong in international, social and comparative history and is taught by scholars with an excellent research record in these fields. Students can develop specialisms in areas like gender history, media history, public history and international diplomacy. It is designed to foster your enthusiasm for history and to provide a sound academic and practical basis for a variety of careers. With the approval of the newly revalidated degree, there are new developments in practical history in the Second Year, which include a combination of Digital History and Work Placement, designed to enhance your employability.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

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Attendance

Three years normally or four years if a student takes the option of a year abroad. four to six years part-time.


Each full-time student takes six 20 credit modules per year, each of which equates to 200 hours of work including assessment. The teaching component of each module is usually two lectures and one small group seminar per week. The remainder is independent study including assessment. Part-time students may study up to 80 credits per year.

Start dates

  • September 2020
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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

An introduction to education

Year: 1

This module provides an orientation to central educational concepts and values with the intention of providing a critical foundation for later reflection and learning.

Educating Citizens in a Changing World

Year: 1

This module provides a thorough introduction to the nature and scope of education for citizenship, and its practice, in promoting democratic values in local and global contexts.

Making History: Skills for Historians

Year: 1

This module is designed to introduce students to the practical skills required for studying history at degree level and the methods and approaches that inform historical practice.

Defining America: Themes in American History, C17th -C20th

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module will illustrate and analyse the key themes and issues in American history from colonial times to the present day. Patterns and problems in the development of America will be discussed, and consideration of differing interpretations and source evaluations are implicit throughout the course. By the end of the module students should understand how the history of America has been shaped by the key events and debates that have taken place over the last four hundred years.

The Making of Modern Britain, 1750-1945

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of modern Britain. It explores key themes such as industrialisation and urbanisation; reform and revolution; class and identity; religion, nationalism and unionism; war and empire. It utilises the latest historical scholarship and key primary sources delivered by research-active scholars via innovative lectures and seminars. The module brings to light the key events and historical processes which have shaped the Britain and Ireland of today.

'The Age of Extremes': International History 1914-2014

Year: 1

This module is optional

The purpose of this module is to provide Level 4 History students with an introduction to some of the main developments in world and international history from the First World War onwards. It is one of a number of broad, survey courses, designed to provide the basis for further, more detailed, study in subsequent years.

Disenchanted Land? Culture and Society in Early Modern Europe

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will explore the structures of society in early-modern Europe, and the nature of early-modern social mentalities, daily social realities and material culture, cultural attitudes towards the natural world, varieties of religious belief and practice, and the supernatural in the early modern period: from notions in Heaven and Hell, to Angels, demons, witchcraft and magic. It will trace the effect on these beliefs and attitudes by the social, intellectual and cultural shifts associated with the Enlightenment.

Ireland, 1798-1998: Union and Disunion

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module examines key themes in Irish social and political history from the Act of Union to the Revolutionary period. Students will gain knowledge of important events such as the Famine, Land Wars, Easter Rising and War of Independence.

Year two

Introduction to the application of ICT in education

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will equip students with the skills and understanding to collaborate online with other students, focusing on the application of ICT in teaching and learning at macro and micro levels. They will be required to assess their own personal style of learning and discuss the implications for online learning. They will also develop their research and information seeking skills, as well as their written and communication skills, enabling them to present assessed work to an appropriate standard.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module explores the main themes, practices and policies relating to effective Early Years Provision. The module will also investigate theory relating to child development, learning and emotional well-being. The importance of the partnership model between a child's home and their Early Years setting will also be considered. A key over-arching theme of the module is, therefore, the role of the effective practitioner. In the exploration of this content, students will be provided with opportunities to engage with practical examples of activities and resources appropriate to pre-school and Foundation Stage environments.

Advanced Tutoring in Schools

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module offers students a placement in a school where they contribute to a class project. They work closely with the class teacher in planning and helping to deliver the project and assessing its value for children and young people. The module helps to develop communication and team working skills and has potential value for all students not just intending teachers.

Working with Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs

Year: 2

This module is optional

At the core of this module is the aim to develop in the student a better awareness and understanding of SEN through study of the historical context of the subject, recent developments in legislation and policy and teaching and learning theories. Course participants will study the varying needs of different learners with a range of special educational needs, and the incumbent good practice that is required for their care and facilitation.

Exchange programme 1 - History Abroad

Year: 2

This module is optional

These modules provide an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are required modules for all History students on an intercalary study abroad semester or year during second year. They are not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of History whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Exchange programme 3 - History Abroad

Year: 2

This module is optional

These modules provide an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are required modules for all History students on an intercalary study abroad semester or year during second year. They are not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of History whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Exchange programme 4 - History Abroad

Year: 2

This module is optional

These modules provide an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are required modules for all History students on an intercalary study abroad semester or year during second year. They are not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of History whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Exchange programme 5 - History Abroad

Year: 2

This module is optional

These modules provide an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are required modules for all History students on an intercalary study abroad semester or year during second year. They are not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of History whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Exchange programme 6 - History Abroad

Year: 2

This module is optional

These modules provide an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are required modules for all History students on an intercalary study abroad semester or year during second year. They are not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of History whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Exchange programme 2 - History Abroad

Year: 2

This module is optional

These modules provide an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are required modules for all History students on an intercalary study abroad semester or year during second year. They are not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of History whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Family, Sexuality and the State 1850-1925

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module examines the role of the state in molding the history of the family and sexuality in Britain between 1860-1925. It looks at the forces which have influenced state policy as well as the impact on issues such as prostitution, homosexuality, gender roles and childhood.

Politics and Society in early modern Britain and Ireland

Year: 2

This module is optional

The module tracks the emergence of an internationally powerful British nation state by examining key issues and events from c.1630-1730. It will explore governance in contested kingdoms and diverse societies, the rise of the fiscal-military state and parliamentary monarchy, religious confessionalism and religious pluralism. It will also examine the early modern family, the emergence of the middle class, social and economic improvement, and the Early Enlightenment.

War and Peace: the Ying and Yang of human history

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to help fill a still largely existent gap in human historiography by introducing students to the other side of the coin of human development: the human 'instinctive imperative' towards peace and through contrasting this with the roots of war, promote an understanding of the patterns in war and peace & advancement in the course of human history, with a particular focus on the post-1648, post-1815, post-World War One, post-World War Two and post-Cold War/post-9/11 periods.

The Great Powers and the Middle East since 1880

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module explores the impact of the West on the Middle East and its contribution to conflict in the region since the end of the 19th Century.

Ireland and the European Union, 1961-2016

Year: 2

This module is optional

Ireland and Europe examines the reasons for Ireland's application to join the EEC, the interests informing its European policy, and the impact of the EU on Irish politics, administration, and society. There is a specific emphasis on key policy areas such as foreign policy, neutrality, cross-border co-operation, regional cohesion, and the Common Agricultural Policy. The module also explains the functions of the main EU institutions and their relation to member states, and examines the politics of the integration process and its implications for member states.

Film and the Vietnam Conflict

Year: 2

This module is optional

The module explores the history, media, film and political culture in the context of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The module explores major debates in the

historiography of the era. Film representations of the war are subject to scrutiny for what they reveal about American society, and how they depict the changing perspectives of the "history" of the conflict. The module also follows the way in which the war developed and the changing attitudes it provoked at home and abroad.

The Myth and Reality of Imperial Spain, 1492-1700

Year: 2

This module is optional

This course examines the rise to power of the Spanish Empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and its subsequent decline from the seventeenth century onwards. The following issues will be emphasized: Spain's Empire building; the image of Spain in the European political discourse; the military, economic, and social crises of the seventeenth century; the Spanish Golden age in art and literature vis-à-vis the concept of decadence; the importance of honor and religion in all realms of society; the racial issue: from the convivencia to the Inquisition; the court of the Habsburgs; and the cultural impact of Spain in the early modern world. In addition, the course will consider the diverse populations constituting the Spanish World, stressing such social and cultural strains as those between: center (Castille), and periphery (for example, Catalonia, Naples, and The Netherlands); Christians and converted Jews/Muslims; Spanish Conquistadores and indigenous populations; and the various racial castes created in the Americas.

Death, Disease, and Medicine in Britain, 1800-1914

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module introduces students to key themes and topics on the history of death and illness in the long nineteenth century. Drawing from social, medical and Victorian history, students will explore themes such as murder in the Victorian city, ghosts, asylums, suicide, Victorian funerals and bodysnatching. Students will examine interdisciplinary sources including literature and art, as well as standard historical sources.

From New Jerusalem to New Labour: Culture, Society and Politics in Britain Since 1945

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module examines politics, culture and society in Britain from the end of the Second World War until the emergence of 'New Labour' in 1997. By exploring key themes such as defence and war, popular culture and the media, migration, race and ethnicity, the welfare state, sport, and the economy amongst others, it offers a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the postwar period and brings to light the key events and historical processes which shaped the Britain of today.

Revolutionary Russia, 1894-1939

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module examines Revolutionary Russia from the last Romanov ruler through to the establishment of Stalinism in the USSR. Key historiographical debates will be examined and assessed. The political, economic, and social and cultural aspects of this period will be covered.

Year three

Children, Young People and the Law

Year: 3

The module will attempt to provide a legal perspective for course participants in a variety of areas, ranging from the human and legal rights of pupils and young people to the development of clear health and safety policies.

Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module focuses specifically on education and conflict amd will draw on concepts and methodologies from earlier modules. It is designed to sensitize students to the central role that education plays throughout the world, in areas of conflict. Students will not only clarify what is meant by education in emergency and refugee education, but will also analyze the development of conflict sensitive education systems. This module will also enable them to have a more accurate understanding of educational reconstruction and reconciliation.

TESOL: Theory and Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module introduces the students to the theory of English language teaching and a range of practical skills for Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. It provides opportunities for students to develop their skills and apply knowledge of education theory gained earlier in the programme. For example, it builds on Introduction to Education by examining how diverse people (different cultures, different ages) learn; it develops knowledge and skills learnt in the Tutoring in Schools module

History Abroad (DIAS)

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland (one full academic year). It is a required module for all History students on an intercalary study abroad year between second (level 5) and final year (level 6). It is not open to non-study abroad students. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of English whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

History Research Project

Year: 4

The history dissertation module revolves around the construction of a thesis. Students will identify a suitable topic or issue in history that they would like to study and to plan and execute that study. Students will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will advise them on their work, both in terms of relevant source materials, approaches and form of the dissertation, but it will be the student's responsibility to identify and locate sources, to subject these to critical evaluation and then to structure and present their dissertation in such a way that you communicate clearly your aims, objectives, evidence and conclusions - and all to an agreed schedule of drafts.

'Changed, Changed Utterly': The Irish Revolution, 1913-1923.

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module utilises documentary, digital, and audio-visual sources to explore life in Ireland during the revolutionary years, 1913-1923. The period is brought to life through narratives of key events and the analysis of primary source material from the time.

Late Soviet Communism, 1953-1991

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines the attempts of the post-Stalin leadership to manage, reform, and improve the prosperity of Soviet domestic communism. The political, economic, and social and cultural policies of the three main general secretaries - Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev - will be examined and assessed critically.

United States Foreign Policy Since 1945

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides a comprehensive overview of US Foreign Policy since 1945. It considers the United States' place in the global political structure. It will examine defining moments in the history of US Foreign Policy, including the Cold War, Post-Cold War, and post-September 11th eras, analysing the administrations of Presidents from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

Saints and Sinners: Women in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Ireland

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will use the study of women in Irish society from 1850-2000 to consider the role of women in areas such as politics, religion, culture, work and sexuality and how their role and experiences changed over the period. It will allow students to gain an alternative historical perspective on the major political and societal changes of the period. Though the use of oral history students will gain a personal understanding of female experience in the past.

Workers and radicalism in modern Ireland, 1800-1939

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module investigates the evolution of the working class in Ireland, and its interaction with capital, labour organization, society, and politics.

Royal Splendours: Politics, Culture, and Patronage in the Courts of Europe, 1450-1715

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will trace the evolution of early modern courts from Burgundy in the 15th century to Louis XIV's Versailles in the 17th century. The following issues will be emphasized: the interaction of the ruler with the courtiers through the unique prism of the various mechanisms that constructed ceremonial and etiquette; the communication of the court with wider strata of the population via the magnificent spectacles and festivities that were organized to aggrandize such ruling houses as the Habsburgs, the Bourbons and the Tudors; the extravagance of royal patronage, and the use of such luxury products as: art, fashion, and finery. In geographical terms, most of the emphasis will be put on the Spanish and French courts, which presented the principal models of kingship and courtly culture that were emulated by the rest of the courts of Europe. In addition, it will examine how these models influenced some of the more interesting case-studies in the Italian peninsula, such as the Papal court, the court of the Medici, and the viceregal court of Naples.

Imperial Retreat: The Decline and Fall of the European Overseas Empires

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will examine the historical process since 1945 whereby European colonial powers either withdrew or were driven from formal occupation of their overseas possessions. The module will not only examine various interpretations of imperial disengagement but will also provide an in-depth study of the actual mechanics of European decolonisation for particular territories in South and South East Asia, Africa and the Pacific. It also aims to enhance student skills in evaluating interpretations put forward by historians through allowing them to make a detailed study of one particular colonial possession.

America in the Depression, 1929-1941

Year: 4

This module is optional

This is an interdisciplinary study of one of the most significant events in the history of the United States since 1900, the Depression that began in 1929 and lasted until the USA entered the Second World War in 1941. This course will examine the turbulent years of the Great Depression and the New Deal. It will cover political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of the events and circumstances that led to the Depression, the election of FDR in 1933, and the formulation of the New Deal as national policy. It will then look at various aspects of New Deal policies and will assess the achievements and limitations of those policies.

The Post-War Body: Medicine and Society in Britain and America, c.1945-90

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines the dramatic changes in experiences of health and illness that occurred in the twentieth century. Focusing on Britain and America, it explores how our attitudes to matters such as sex, death, eating, disability and mental health were revolutionized in the twentieth century. The module also looks at ethical problems issues such as Cold War human experimentation. Students will engage with broader themes such as class, gender and race relations.

Witchcraft and magic in early modern Europe and Colonial New England, c.1550-1780

Year: 4

This module is optional

The early modern period is often seen as the era of the European 'witch-panic', which saw around 40,000 people executed for the crime of witchcraft. This module will examine the many facets of the witchcraft experience in Europe and New England using a variety of contemporary sources: from images and printed books and pamphlets, to court records and private correspondence. It will examine patterns of witchcraft accusation and prosecution, the intellectual context of witchcraft beliefs, the connection between witchcraft and women, the decline in educated belief, and the continuation of popular notions and traditions. Early modern witchcraft will also be located in its wider magical context by exploring both popular magic. Developments in witchcraft and magic in the early modern period will also be linked to wider societal, cultural and religious changes.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Grades BBC- BCC.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade C by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Preference may be given to candidates with an A level Grade B in History.

Applied General Qualifications

*** To note that only qualifications defined as “Applied General” will be accepted for entry onto any undergraduate course at Ulster University.***

BTEC Awards

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of Distinction Distinction Distinction (to include 8 unit Distinctions)

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of Distinction Merit Merit

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma(2012 Suite)

Award profile of Distinction Merit (to include 5 unit Distinctions) plus A Level Grade B or award profile of Distinction Distinction (to include 6 unit Distinctions) plus A Level Grade C

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of Distinction Merit plus A Level Grade C

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of Merit (to include 5 unit Merits) plus A Level Grades BB

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)

Award profile of Merit plus A Level Grades BB

Diploma, National Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 – H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 at higher level

Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English Grade H6 or above OR Ordinary Level at grade 04 or above.

Preference may be given to candidates with a H3 at higher level in History.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

BBCCC - BCCCC

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Preference may be given to candidates with Grade B in History.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCD - CDD

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Preference may be given to candidates with Grade C in History.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile is minimum.

25 points (including 12 at higher level) - 24 points (including 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 65-60% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access course)

Overall profile of 15 credits at Distinction, 30 credits at Merit – 12 credits at Distinction, 30 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass (60 credit Access course) (GB Access course)

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above English Language.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HND

Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall merit for entry to Year 1. Those applicants holding a subject-related HND with an overall merit may be considered for entry to Year 2.

HNC

Applicants holding a HNC should achieve an overall merit for entry to Year 1 only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50-45% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry. Those applicants holding a subject-related Foundation Degree may be considered for entry to Year 2.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfer from degree level study at other institutions

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and Learning are delivered through a combination of lectures (dealing with both broad and specific areas of history); seminars, tutorials (individual supervision) and workshops; individual study (with varying levels of direction and supervision), involving reading and analysis of primary and secondary sources, preparation for assignments and revision for examinations. Assessment involves evaluation of coursework essays, end-of-semester class tests, written examinations,oral presentations, projects and dissertations.

Exemptions and transferability

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis but should note that this process can be more difficult in subject combination programmes as both subjects must be satisfied.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Claremount Accountants
  • Danske Bank
  • Education Authroities
  • Next
  • Sainsbury's
  • Santander

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Banking
  • Civil Servant
  • Librarian
  • Retail Management
  • Teacher
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Trainee Accountant

Career options

History degrees provide opportunities for employment in a variety of jobs. History, as opposed to some of the more vocational degrees, broadens career opportunities and does not narrow a student down to one career path. At a purely practical level, a degree in history is important because it provides the basic skills needed for students to go further in sociology, politics, international relations and economics. As well as obvious career paths such as teaching, History is also an ideal discipline for almost all careers in the law, the civil service and the private sector. This is because the history curriculum teaches students to research and assess material, to gather information and develop arguments, and to reach logical conclusions. The composition of the history essay trains young people to write reports and prepare presentations; skills that employers say graduates lack. It might be noted that history graduates punch above their weight in many disciplines including, finance, public service and the media. Our graduates work in a wide variety of careers including teaching, central and local government, museums and libraries, and as managers in industry and retailing. There is also a broad range of postgraduate opportunities open to you, including teaching.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs

Work placement / study abroad

The University-approved work placement module in second year is arranged with individual employers and institutions and offers a variety of locations where it can be undertaken. It also possible for students to suggest suitable locations on their own initiative.

If students are interested in studying abroad, they will be offered opportunities to attend partner institutions in Europe through the ERASMUS programme and the USA through the ISEP scheme. More information is available at:

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/outgoing-students/erasmus

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/outgoing-students/isep.

Academic profile

All current History staff have researched and published in the areas in which they teach. These areas include Early Moderrn Irish, British and European History,19th and 20th century Modern Irish, British, European and International History. Students, accordingly, will be have the benefit of being taught by specialists who contribute significantly to the development of their module subjects. History staff research and publish in the areas in which they teach, including early modern and modern Irish, British, European and International History. There are several leading internationally-recognised experts in their fields, for example, Professor Ian Thatcher on the Russian Revolution, Dr. Robert McNamara on decolonisation and the British Empire, Dr. Andrew Sneddon on witchcraft, Dr Gabriel Guarino on early modern Europe, Dr Emmet O'Connor on labour history, and Dr. Leanne McCormick on women in twentieth-century Northern Ireland. There are particular highlights and strengths in the fields of medical history, for which the subject’s Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland has an international reputation. It currently has several major research awards to examine the fate of ‘wayward’ female migrants and to undertake an original study of the nature and extent of the Irish Famine that will draw upon newly created data sets. Students will benefit from research-led teaching in this rich and fertile environment of on-going historical enquiry.

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Start dates

  • September 2020

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,275.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£14,060.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

A number of prizes and awards are offered covering all three years of academic study. Two are offered for overall achievement in year one (J.L. McCracken Prize in History; George Mitchell Memorial Prize); one for best performance in individual modules in that year(Anthony Alcock Memorial Prize); a prize for best dissertation performance in a degree combining History and English (Jackie McKinny Memorial Prize); others for best overall mark in final year in a degree with 50% content in either English or History (Robinson Woodburn Awards); and another for best final year performance in History modules in any deree with a significant number (The Honourable Irish Society's History Prize). Finally, three awards are given for, respectively, best overall performance in year two; best overall performance in final examinations (for candidates under 23 years of age at the commencement of their studies); best overall performace in final examinations (for candidates at least 23 years of age at the commencement of their studies) The prizes (Thompson Memorial History Awards) are open to students taking any degree which (1); includes four History modules in second year (2); includes a significant number of History modules taken by candidates under 23 ( 3); includes a significant number of History modules taken by students at, or over, 23.

Additional mandatory costs

Education as a minor is a ‘regulated and/or care position’ within the meaning of the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order 2003 (POCVA) and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007. Depending on the modules you select you may have access to children and/or vulnerable adults and therefore you will be subject to a criminal history check costing approximately £33.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Kyle Hughes

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3551

E: k.hughes1@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210

E: admissionsce@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

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Testimonials

Zoe Brock-Edwards

One thing you'll find out quickly about Coleraine and the local area is how great a student life there is, and not just at night (all the local bars and clubs have great student nights). In your first year, you'll probably live in University halls on campus. There's such good craic to be had here! You'll meet your best mates in halls, go on adventures (the local coastline is great for surfing), and meet local and international students alike. Halls are a great way to get to know people from all over.

I’m sure the Course Director will tell you about the course and the low cost housing in halls so I’ll leave that to him. As for the History department itself, it's very friendly. We had Christmas socials and formals, mixers and acted more like a little family really. There's a great range of modules for all interests, and you can even pick to study modules from other subjects. The staff are easy to get hold of and some of the teaching is in small groups so you don’t feel weird talking in front of others. The best thing about the department is the opportunity to study abroad. You can get to study at a European or American university on either a full year or semester trip. I went to Kent State University in Ohio, one of our 'partner' universities in the USA. It was such great fun and an incredible learning experience - I met friends for life over there. Everyone in History has the chance to go to America and I'd really recommend that you go too!

So don't let the distance, or lack of knowledge about the area put you off studying at the Ulster University. It really is a great place, and the people are so friendly. There are great opportunities to be had by all.