BA (Hons) History

Unlock the past and plan for your future with a History degree from the University of Stirling. Create a course combination that matches your career ambitions.

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date January 2022, September 2022
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code V100
  • Study abroad opportunities

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If you really want to understand the modern world, it’s essential to unlock the patterns of the past. History courses can help you do exactly that – and here at the University of Stirling, we take an innovative approach to guiding you through the major events and periods that have shaped us all.

Our History degree will equip you with a wide range of intellectual and personal skills. You’ll gain an awareness of how different societies across the world have changed over time, by exploring areas such as Scottish, British, European, American and African history. You’ll also engage with different types of history, including political, social, cultural, gender, race, computer and environmental.

History lecturers and staff at Stirling are leaders in their field. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment, 98% of our research in history was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. That expertise and passion feeds into every aspect of your course to ensure you reach your final year of study functioning as a fully-fledged historian in your own right. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the freedom to not only focus in on specialty areas of history that interest you most, but also to combine your studies with one of 16 other subjects that broaden your professional possibilities – from journalism to teaching, politics and sociology.


In the first week of semester History offers a series of induction events for first year and returning students. These will be advertised nearer the time. In the meantime, to give you a flavour of what we teach, our approach, and why we’re so passionate about History, check out our History Research at Stirling pages.


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Prizes or awards

History students can be submitted for various prizes, mostly in final year. Some are dedicated solely for History, others across History, Heritage and Politics, and others across the Arts Faculty:

Environmental History Prize

An annual prize of £100 to be awarded for the best first class dissertation in Environmental History

Gordon Donaldson Prize

An annual prize of £50 for the best graduating student in History.

Robert and Margaret McKean Prize

An annual prize of £50 for the best performance by a final year student in European History

Stirling Guildry Prize

An annual prize of £100 to be awarded for the best dissertation submitted by a student taking History or Scottish History.

Faculty Research based learning prize

The Division of History, Heritage and Politics has been granted £250 by the Faculty to reward undergraduate students for contributions to research through their studies (projects, dissertations and so on).

The Scott Reid Memorial Prize

The £200 prize will be open to undergraduates in their final year of study studying History and/or Politics (including combined degrees with either subject). The prize will be awarded to the student who achieved their degree despite facing adversity during their studies and or who have shown outstanding support and selfless giving for their fellow students, local community or family.

The Alasdair Ross Memorial Essay prize.  

The £200 prize is open to all University honours students who have written an essay between 2000 - 5000 words on a topic within the area of Scottish Studies, with an emphasis on environment and heritage.

Dee Amy Chin Prize for Gender and Feminist Studies

£200 is for the Dee Amy-Chinn prize for Gender Studies and is open to undergraduate students in any discipline within the University and recognises exceptional achievement in the study of gender and/or feminism (essay, dissertation, creative practice).

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