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History and Philosophy (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study History and Philosophy at Warwick?

  • You will be taught by staff from the Department of History and the Department of Philosophy, both of which have a great reputation for teaching, learning and research.
  • We are consistently ranked by national league tables as one of the best History departments in the UK. We have a strong international reputation and were ranked 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.
  • The disciplinary range and geographical scope of our teaching in the Department of History is extensive. Our expertise covers Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America, Britain, continental Europe, and Asia.
  • Our Philosophy academics produce world-leading research in both analytic and continental philosophy, and are involved in teaching at all levels. This means that you are learning from individuals at the forefront of their fields from day one.
  • Our courses are designed to help you develop clear, rigorous and creative responses to challenging and fundamental questions in a stimulating and inspiring intellectual environment.

Dr Sarah Hodges

Department of History

Daniel Ruben

History Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

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 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 will be taught by staff from both departments and given a solid grounding in each of the disciplines in the first year. In subsequent years you will have a wide range of choice, with a single compulsory course in the second year examining changing ideas of the relationship between philosophy and history. You can choose courses from across the curriculum of both Departments and may complete an optional dissertation in your third year in a topic of your choice related to either subject.

Find out more about the course structure and module options.

How will I learn?

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.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access to HE Diploma QAA recognised diploma including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Essential Subjects

All candidates (including those taking vocational qualifications) are generally required to achieve A in A level History (or equivalent). Applicants must have three A levels; the Department cannot accept two AS levels in place of a third A level.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

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 non-standard qualifications.

Open Days All offers are accompanied by an invitation 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 can I study?

First year modules may include Making of the Modern World; Making History; Logic 1; Descates & Mill; Elements of Scientific Method.

Second year modules may include, Individual, Polis & Society; Modern Philosophy, a second year History option module and a second year Philosophy module.

Third year students can spend most of their time on either History or Philosophy; alternatively they can divide their time between the two disciplines. Students must choose one three schemes:

Scheme A/Path 1: A History Special Subject or Advanced Option and 90 credits of Philosophy final year options.

Scheme B/Path 2: A History Special Subject; A History Advanced Option; A Dissertation (based on either the Special Subject or Advanced Option) or Historography; 30 credits of Philosophy final year option modules.

Scheme C/Path 3: Stuents choose either; A History Special Subject, plus a Dissertation based on the Special Subject; A History Special Subject plus Historiography; A History Special Subject plus a History Advanced Option; History Advanced Option plus a Dissertation based on the Advanced Option; or A History Advanced Option plus Historiography, plus 60 credits of Philosophy final year options.

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.

What careers can a Warwick degree in History lead to?

The range of transferable skills gained studying History make graduates very competitive in the job market, particularly in areas such as law, finance, journalism/media, marketing, public relations, government, teaching, and the heritage industry. Many graduates choose to continue their academic studies at MA and PhD level.

Career destinations of our most recent graduates include: Researcher (politics), Aequitas; Risk Consultant, KPMG; Global Investment Banking Analyst, UBS; Broadcast Assistant, BBC; Communications Intern, Teach Africa.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: AAA, to include History

IB: 38 points, to include 6 in Higher Level History


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Department of History

Department of Philosophy

History and 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 you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.