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Study History and Media Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

History at Ulster covers the period from the early modern era to the 20th Century. Students are given the opportunity to select from a diverse range of modules that cover Ireland, Britain, the Americas, and Europe. Political, social, economic and cultural history are given due weighting in the programme.

Taking Media will allow you to develop a critically-informed knowledge of the multi-faceted role that the media play in social, cultural and political life. It thereby addresses the vital need for a broad humanities education that thoroughly examines the modern media of public communication from a range of perspectives. You will have a chance to study modules from a range of subject areas including photography, film, television, journalism and new media. As such, a minor in media will produce media-literate citizens, as well as graduates with a range of intellectual and transferable skills appropriate to the demands of life and work in contemporary society.

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About this course

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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 the history of Europe, 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 developents in practical history in the Second Year, which include a combination of Digital History and Work Placement, designed to enhance the employability of our graduates.


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 the equivalent of 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 credit points per year.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

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

The A Level requirement for this course is grades BBC to BBB at A2.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profiles (C or B grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Preference may be given to applicants holding Grade B in History at A2.


A grade range is in operation for this course.

BTEC Extended Diploma

A minimum of:

DMM including a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units


DDM award profile to include a minimum of 9 distinctions in level 3 units.

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation (the award profile of D*D* including a minimum of 10 distinctions in level 3 units) or in combination with A levels or equivalent qualifications.

Where an applicant presents a profile of Diploma with an A level then we normally make an offer whereby the Diploma must satisfy the higher end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if our standard A level offer is BBC∆ then we normally ask for a Diploma at BB equivalent which is a Distinction, Merit award that includes 6 units at distinction, and the A level at the final grade of the standard A level grade profile, grade C∆).

A*A* = Distinction*, Distinction* (plus 10 units at distinction)

BB= Distinction , Merit (plus 6 units at distinction)

BC = Distinction, Merit (plus 5 units at distinction)

CC = Merit, Merit (plus 10 units at merit)

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip 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 - C or B) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.


The SubDip may be accepted in combination with A levels. A levels should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a SubDip and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the SubDip offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile, grade C).

A* = Distinction* (To include 5 units at distinction)

A = Distinction (To include 4 units at distinction)

B = Distinction (To include 3 units at distinction)

C = Merit (To include 5 units at merit)

Irish Leaving Certificate

A grade range is in operation for this course.

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades



B2,B2,B2,B2,B2 at higher level.

Preference may be given to applicants holding Grade B2 in History at higher.

Scottish Highers

A grade range is in operation for this course:

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is a minimum of grades BBCCC to BBBCC.

Preference may be given to applicants holding Grade B in History.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the above grade profiles by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard (equating to A-level grade C or B) as defined by UCAS.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is a minimum of grades CCD-CCC

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final stated grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Preference may be given to applicants holding Grade C in History.

International Baccalaureate

A grade range is in operation for this course.

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of:

25 points to include 12 at higher level to 26 points to include 13 at higher level.

Preference may be given to applicants scoring well in literary subjects at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

A grade range is in operation for this course.

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is currently under review with UCAS for 2017 entry. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall pass in a related subject area, achieving merit or distinction in all of the 45 level 3 graded credits (plus English level 2 equivalences where required).

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


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


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

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50-55% in second year modules for Year 1 entry.

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 study an an alternative institution

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) 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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Students attend lectures, seminars and screenings and complete a range of assessments including essays, reports, presentations and blogs.

Careers & opportunities

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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 and postgraduate study in History, 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 many 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.

Media Studies graduates in these degree combinations are well prepared to go into a wide range of careers or further study.

Work placement / study abroad

Students will complete a short work placement in their second year.

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:

Academic profile

All current 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 centuryModern 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.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

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

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.


Miss Joanne Taggart, Secretary, School of English and History

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7012 4474


For application queries email

Course Director, Dr Robert McNamara

Tel: +44 (0)28 7012 4007



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.