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History and Philosophy (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

What sort of knowledge is historical knowledge? How far are the ways in which we reflect on the world and understand it a product of the particular history of western culture? Has western philosophy,
whether as practiced by the Ancient Greeks, the Renaissance, or the Enlightenment profoundly shaped the way in which western society has developed? Or should we understand philosophical ideas as merely reflecting the world in which they are developed, rather than playing a leading role in changing it?

History and Philosophy is designed for students who understand the importance of thinking critically about how we know and experience the world, but who also recognise the importance of linking
precision in thought and analysis to a grounded understanding of different historical periods. It is aimed at students who are interested in ideas for their own sake, but who recognise that they are developed in particular contexts, for particular purposes, and reflect the conditions under which they are produced.

One way of thinking about philosophy, first articulated by Plato, is that it is a way of transcending the historically contingent world. In contrast, Hegel talks of philosophy painting its grey in grey – as the outcome and expression of distinctive historical processes. Between them they sketch a continuum of ways of thinking about ways of understanding the relationship between history and philosophy.

You’ll be taught by staff from both departments. Core first-year History modules will introduce you to the study of modern history in a global context and help you develop research skills, while Philosophy modules examine Descartes and Mill, logic and scientific method. In subsequent years you will have a wide range of choice from across the curriculum of both Departments, with a single compulsory module in the second year examining changing ideas of the relationship between philosophy and history.

Current History options examine topics such as American historical cinema, gender, madness and conflict. Philosophy options available to current students include Origins of Mind, Crime and Punishment, and Metaphysics. You may complete an optional dissertation in your third year in a topic of your choice related to either subject.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, web forums, podcasts, workshops, presentations, film analysis, group work and field trips. For core modules there are usually two lectures and one hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars. Seminar groups are small, providing a valuable opportunity for you to work closely with your lecturers. Many modules focus on well-established themes in political, religious, cultural or social history while others explore topics far removed from the usual A level syllabus. Third-year study is heavily weighted towards seminar teaching and includes an individually supervised 9,000-word dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive regular feedback throughout your course on developmental assignments and assessed essays, and will sit end-of-year exams.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

History students choosing the Renaissance and Early Modern stream on arrival at Warwick spend the autumn term of their final year studying with Warwick tutors in Venice. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

    Entry Requirements

    A level AAA, to include History.

    International Baccalaureate 38 points, with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria outlined at Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP
    and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and
    conditions visit

    We welcome applicants with nonstandard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications.

    Further Information

    Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be
    interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with nonstandard qualifications.

    Open Days: If you are given an offer you will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day in February, March or April. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

    What modules could I study?

    Visit the department website to find out more about the course structure and module options.

    * The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

    Where can my degree take me?

    Our graduates work for organisations including; Aequitas, KPMG, UBS, BBC, Teach Africa.

    Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Alumni Relations Officer, Business Development Analyst, Events Manager, Civil Servant, Currency Broker.

    Essential information

    Entry Requirements
    A level: AAA, to include History

    IB: 38 points, with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.

    UCAS code

    3 years full time

    Department website
    Department of History

    Department of Philosophy

    Student blogs

    Bronwyn Edmonds - History

    Jamie Jenkins - History

    Phoebe Singer - History

    Matt Woodrow - History

    Leyla Hunn - Philosophy

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding.

    Other course costs
    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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    This information is applicable for 2018 entry.