Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will study a rich set of past periods, events and places, each fascinating in its own right, and each yielding unique insights. You will explore, under the guidance of internationally'renowned specialists, a coherent and compelling historical framework that brings history alive and addresses key debates. Staff in History lay great emphasis on their research'led teaching which means that students benefit from their cutting'edge expertise. You will benefit from Royal Holloway's genuinely interdisciplinary philosophy programme that cuts across barriers between analytic and continental philosophy which are common in most other programmes around the world. You will be taught by Philosophy staff at Royal Holloway who are world class researchers working in areas of ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, 19th and 20th century French and German philosophy, contemporary analytic philosophy and American pragmatism. The philosophy team also includes colleagues working in political theory, drama and theatre, and English literature. You will gain a broad spectrum of transferable skills that can be applied in the workplace and enjoy excellent employment prospects.

Course Modules

History Year 1: history and meanings part 1; history and meanings part 2; gods, men and power (an introduction to the ancient world, from homer to Mohammed); republics, kings and people (the foundations of European political thought from Plato to Rousseau); the rich tapestry of life (early modern England, Europe and the wider world, 1453'1789); conflict and identity in modern Europe, 1770'2000; Mao to Mandela (20th'century leaders of the non'western world); Rome to renaissance (an introduction to the middle ages); introduction to politics and government. Year 2 options: history of the British empire, 1763'1900; history of the British empire, 1899'1963; the rise and fall of the roman republic; Rome and its empire from Augustus to Commodus; globalising capital: Britain and the world, 1846'1913; the pursuit of power: Europe 1000'1250; religion, culture and society in Europe, 1000'1250; politics, pestilence and war in late medieval Europe, 1300'1500; the sacred and profane (cultural life in renaissance Europe); the European crucible, 1914'1945; the politics of postwar Europe, 1945'2000; 20th'century world history (the Asian resurgence); new worlds, lost worlds (the Tudor monarchy 1485'1603); killing the king (England in an age of revolutions 1603'1714); the Georgians (politics, society and culture 1688'1832); 19th'century Europe (society and culture, 1789'1890); 20th'century world history (the middle east, Africa and Latin America); medicine from antiquity to the medieval near east; the western powers and east Asia, 1839'1945; daily life in renaissance and baroque Italian cities (social and domestic life); Genghis khan and the Mongol legacy (1200'1500); the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires (1500'1700); international economic relations, 1917'1991; the Victorians, 1837'1901; modern British history, 1914'1973; history of the USA, 1787 to 1877; the united states in the 20th'century; Spain, 1898'1939; Spain from dictatorship to democracy, 1939'1989; awakening china: from the opium wars to the present day; the holy man. Year 3 options: England in the reign of Richard II; blasphemy, irreligion and the English enlightenment 1620'1720; religious culture in England, c.1375'1525; the causes and consequences of the fall of Constantinople, 1453; heresy, crusade and inquisition in southern France, 1140'c.1300; the empire in Victorian Britain, 1830'1870; Victorian social and political thought; berlin (a European metropolis in the 20th century); the history and historiography of the holocaust; the clash of powers and cultures (Sino'American relations during the cold war); enlightenment Paris, 1721'1789; Stalinism, 1917'1953; Christians and pagans from Constantine to Augustine (ad 306'430); representing authority from Henry VI to Charles II; Victorian Babylon (life, work and people in London, 1840'1890); comparing religious fundamentalisms in the 19th and 20th centuries; migration, identity and citizenship in modern Britain; the age of terror (terrorism from 1945 ' present); Genghis khan and his empire, 1150'1300; photography, film and British society 1850'1965; china and the world: migration and diaspora, 1800'1945; Malcolm X and African American Islam; modern Delhi (from Mughals to megacity); bomb, a history (atomic weaponry and society in the 20th century). Philosophy Year 1: introduction to ancient philosophy; introduction to modern philosophy; epistemology and metaphysics; introduction to aesthetics and morals; mind and consciousness; introduction to logic. Year 2: introduction to European philosophy 1 (from Kant to Hegel); mind and world; introduction to European philosophy 2 (the critique of idealism); philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; modern political thought; contemporary political theory. Year 3: modern European philosophy 1 (from Husserl to Heidegger); modern European philosophy 2 (poststructuralism and its critics); recovering reality; philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; literature and philosophy; key thinkers; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; issues in democratic theory.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AA-AB
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • SQA Higher

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93% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 84%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 84%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 68%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 44
Studying 39
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

14% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 54%

Total Coursework: 42%

Total Practical: 4%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation