From the local to the global, understanding the past is essential to making sense of the modern world. How did America become a superpower? Would women have got the right to vote without struggle? Why do people empower authoritarian leaders? How does climate shape society?
History at Stirling allows you to explore these and many other pressing questions, guided by a committed team of historians passionate about their subjects.
Thanks to the flexibility of Stirling's academic programmes, you can study history in combination with other subjects, such as education, politics, languages or media studies. In addition to developing your knowledge of the world, you will acquire intellectual and personal skills much in demand in the labour market. Stirling is strong on graduate employability, 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017), and a dedicated module in the fourth semester will orient you in the variety of professional careers a degree in history opens to you.
Stirling is different: in the context of a friendly department with approachable staff, we offer a unique breadth and chronological depth of options at honours level. We offer a range of courses on American, African, European, British and Scottish history that only few other much larger institutions can match.
You will be taught by specialists. Our staff are active researchers who bring the most recent scholarship into their teaching. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework 98% of our research was assessed as of international or world leading significance.
The first two years provide the strong foundations that any student of history needs, while years three and four allow you to choose from an ample selection of country and thematic specialisms, from the history of ideas to that of gender, or the environment. The final year allows you to become a researcher yourself and thereby practice the skills you have learned and hone your analytical and problem-solving skills for life beyond university. You will have the opportunity to do one "special subject", working closely with our staff in small groups, hands on cutting-edge historical research themes. This level of in-depth study runs in parallel to the final year dissertation, a personal project in which you show that you have mastered the knowledge, the skills and the autonomy of the well-rounded university graduate.
Studying history is an international experience: History has agreements with numerous universities in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, so you have the opportunity to enrich your learning experience by doing one semester abroad.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus. View our online films to get a picture of what it's like to live and study on our beautiful campus.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
History welcomes Year 2 entrants either from HND or through A Levels and Advanced Highers (see criteria above). Such students are often especially motivated and committed to their studies, even though the induction semester provides a better opportunity to meet fellow students and to grow accustomed to the new surroundings.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9,250.00
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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You will take a core history module and two additional subjects, in addition to short workshops on essential skills, such as bibliographic research, referencing, use of primary sources or essay writing.
You will choose from a wide range of historical subjects in American, European, African, British and Scottish History, in addition to a core module on professional careers for history graduates and another on dissertation preparation. Here is a selection of the modules we run, which may vary each year for administrative or research reasons (and because our staff loves exploring new and exciting topics!)
Semester 7 and 8 (year-long special subjects)
Student learning takes place in lectures, tutorials, workshops, field trips and through independent study. Each module is assessed by a combination of examination and coursework. Assessed coursework may comprise of essays, reports, oral presentations and posters.
The following is the provisional History course for 2016-17, which is subject to change for administrative and research reasons:
|English Studies/Professional Education||QXHC|
|Film and Media||PV31|
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Recommended reading suggestions by module are listed and can be viewed in the History Handbook which is available via the History and Politics website at www.historyandpolitics.stir.ac.uk
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
The programme below is a typical example, but your own programme may be different. You will have many choices! A full Honours degree in History would develop on the following lines (see degree course above):
|Year||Semester||Subject 1||Subject 2||Subject 3|
|1||1||Britain, 1707-1914||Politics||English Studies|
|2||Concepts of History||Politics||Journalism|
|2||3||Reputations in History||Criminal Law||Film and Media|
|4||Back to the Future: putting history and heritage to work||America 1787-1890||Politics|
|3||5||Africa, in the 20th century||Gender in Britain, 1750-1930||Interwar Europe. Communism Fascism and Democracy|
|6||Popular politics in 18th century Britain||Approaches and Methods: Dissertation Preparation||American Indian History and Policy|
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Teaching provision in History has been assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and achieved the highest possible rating of 'commendable' in all aspects. In addition, at the last RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) whereby research quality is audited by external auditors, History was commended for the international quality of its research.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to apply to study in the US under the University’s exchange scheme with a wide range of European, American and Australian universities and colleges. Students doing a Combined Honours degree with French or Spanish are normally required to study in the appropriate country for one semester.
History retains strong connections with a range of historical and heritage industries and former students who have achieved employment in such areas. Contacts are also strong with SATH, the Scottish Association of Teachers of History. In addition, History offers a popular and much valued Masters of Research course which is often taken by students seeking to develop historical skills at postgraduate level or who wish a stepping-stone to a research degree (PhD).
Our staff has a range of academic expertise nurtured by a strong research ethos sustained by the staff. In particular, late medieval, early modern, environmental impact, computer applications, gender, race relations, conflict, revolutions and political and social change are taught within the wide geographical spread of Europe, America, Africa, Britain and Scotland.
How would I summarise my time at Stirling? Friendly students, supportive staff, great opportunities, a warm community.
Sarah Bolton BA (Hons) History, graduated 2016
The variety of courses available to undergraduate students in the department is fantastic; particularly valuable is the range of specialist subjects offered to undergraduate students in their final year.
I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate at Stirling so much that I stayed on at the University to complete my MRes.
Lesley Hislop BA (Hons) History, graduated 2010.
A History degree has always been valued by employers because of the intellectual challenges it offers and the particular skills it fosters. These include the ability to argue a persuasive case, a capacity for independent work and effective time management, an ability to organise and solve problems, and a capacity to communicate clearly in writing and in speech. History graduates from Stirling, therefore, have been successful in obtaining a wide variety of posts, some in history-related areas such as teaching and work in museums and libraries; others in fields such as administration, commerce, the civil service, banking and insurance.
There is a lively series of guest lectures which students can attend on this programme.
Our graduates are spread throughout the world.
History graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations:
To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your History degree, graduates entering into employment in the past two years are currently working in teaching, finance, recruitment, retail, the heritage industry and journalism.
Building on that foundation, alumni of Stirling’s History degree who graduated between five and ten years ago have since advanced into some of the following positions:
Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former Stirling History students have advanced in their careers: