Undergraduate study in History

History programmes at Birmingham are taught by leading academics in their field in one of the largest and most diverse History departments in Britain.

Our teaching was ranked as excellent in the last official RAE survey and we also have the high official research ranking of "5" for the department. The courses are structured around our research specialisms, and with so many historians at Birmingham we can offer a very wide range of specialist courses, ranging from the Crusades to Post-war Germany, from the English Civil War to modern environmental history, from medieval China to twentieth century Middle Eastern History.

Single Honours History courses

War Studies BA

Trotsky famously described war as ‘the locomotive of history’. It has raised up kings and thrown down empires, spread ideas and religions around the world and has made and destroyed faith. It has made heroes of some, villains of [more...]

History BA

History is not a plain narrative of events. It is an attempt to discover how and why our own world emerged. Concentrating largely on medieval and modern Britain and Europe, the History BA at Birmingham gives you the opportunity to [more...]

Ancient and Medieval History BA

To understand fully the modern world – its culture, language, political systems and people – you need to take a long perspective. This programme goes back to the roots of modern civilisation in Ancient Egypt, Greece Rome and the [more...]

Economic and Social History BA

Studying Economic and Social History offers you the chance to develop your historical understanding across either or both of the medieval and modern periods, as well as enhance your social scientific skills to support your appreciation of [more...]


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