St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's provides a nourishing and nurturing environment for History students. There's a wide breadth of choice across the programme and dedicated academic staff are keen to ensure that you achieve your very best. Our curriculum is designed on the principle of research'led teaching: you will be taught by historians who are experts in their fields. The University is on the doorstep of all of the employment opportunities that London offers. Our history graduates have gone into a variety of careers, including teaching, recruitment and business. Recent graduates have also moved on to do postgraduate work at top universities in the UK and abroad. We have an excellent environment in which to study history: there are lots of historic houses in the area, including Strawberry Hill House, which is attached to the University. We are 20 minutes away from The National Archives and 40 minutes by public transport from The British Library. Our Final Year students have easy access to some of the best resources in the country in order to research and write their dissertation projects. Our collaboration with the National Archives at postgraduate level is an important element of our commitment to Public History. Philosophy at St Mary's starts at the beginning and helps students to see how philosophy emerged as a distinct undertaking. Students are encouraged to think and debate, and to engage with their classmates and lecturers throughout their degree. Topics covered include dialogue, psychology, science, art, popular culture, and more. Philosophy graduates have gone on to work as accountants, in the civil service, in advertising, in information technology, in teaching, in marketing, in law, and in human resources management.

Course Modules

History Level 1: Society and politics in Tudor England; North America 1763'1900; the Indian ocean world; war and society in Europe; 20th century Britain; renaissance and reformation. Level 2: Art and power; 'Jim Crow' America; the hundred years war; explorers and voyagers; popular music: cultures and societies; women in America; the European city; film and cinema history; a European field'trip. Level 3: The reign of Elizabeth I; renaissance Venice; Ottoman empire; corsairs, converts and captives; the reign of Henry VIII; Britain and the second world war: memory, history, culture; sixties Britain; the middle east; American politics and culture in the 1960s; civil rights in America; Eastern Europe since 1945; 15 credit dissertation; 30 credit dissertation. Philosophy Level 1: This is an introductory year, in which students acquire a solid understanding of core issues and thinkers in philosophy, as well as the necessary skills to study philosophy at a higher level; modules include: reason, argument, evidence; key texts of antiquity; revolutions in thought: 1500'1800; moral philosophy. Level 2 and 3: The content of the degree will be increasingly decided by students interests and their future professional needs; modules include: socratic dialogue/philosophy and communication; in year three single honours students as well as students majoring in philosophy write a dissertation; modules include: bioethics; environmental philosophy; modern political thought; moral philosophy: key thinkers; philosophy and literature; philosophy and gender; metaphysics; Eastern philosophies; medieval classics; modern and contemporary philosophy; philosophy of history; philosophy reading module; workplace experience; mind, soul and psychology; Buddhism; issues in religion and science; issues of identity; philosophy of health; epistemology; Wittgenstein; Aesthetics.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
7 - 14 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
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