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History and Sociology (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study History and Sociology at Warwick?

  • Our departments of History and Sociology are consistently ranked by national league tables as amongst the best in the UK.
  • The History departments has a strong international reputation and was 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.
  • The Departmetn of Sociology was ranked 23rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 and 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • An outstanding provider of teaching and learning, we provide a first-rate environment for cutting-edge research in Sociology. Our undergraduate programmes are designed and informed by high-calibre scholars, producing arguments, theories and ideas that are published and discussed around the world. We encourage our students to become active members of this lively research culture.

Dr Sarah Hodges

Department of History

Daniel Ruben

History Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics


What will I learn?

This course will suit individuals with an interest in understanding the history of people, culture and societies, and their evolution in the modern era. It examines traditional Sociology topics, such as gender, race, medicine, food, sexuality, trade and health from a historical perspective.

The two complementary subjects both involve understanding people – their interests, motivations and culture – and why societies and social groups act as they do. You will be taught by staff from both departments, and will draw information from sources including film, visual images, literature and television as well as written texts. The flexible course structure allows you to choose modules from a wide range of options in both History and Sociology.

You will learn to assess and analyse large quantities of information and present well structured conclusions, to gather and analyse quantitative material (e.g. from opinion surveys and questionnaires), and to structure and communicate complex information and analyses.

In your first year you will focus on core modules, providing a thorough grounding in the methods and approaches of the two disciplines. In your second and third years you can choose from optional modules covering areas such as British imperialism, religious conflict, slavery, education and identity. In your final year you can either maintain a balance between the two subjects or specialise in either History or Sociology. You can also complete an optional dissertation on a topic of your choice related to either subject.

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?

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 AAB, to include grade A in History.

International Baccalaureate 36 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; Sociological Perspectives and Researching Society and Culture.

Second year modules may include The European World 1500-1750; a History second-year option module; Social Research Methods and a Sociology option module.

Third Year students can spend most of their time on either History or Sociology, or alternatively they can continue to divide their study equally between the two disciplines. Students must choose one of three schemes/paths:

Scheme A/Path 1: Either a History Special Subject or a History Advanced Option; Three Sociology options.

Scheme B/Path 2: A History Special Subject; A History Advanced Option; Either Dissertation (which can be based on the Special Subject or the Advanced Option) or Historiography; One Sociology option.

Scheme C/Path 3: A History Special Subject; Either Dissertation (based on the Special Subject), or a History Advanced Option or Historiography; Two Sociology options.

Find out more about the degree structure and modules.

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

What careers can a degree in History and Sociology at Warwick 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
: AAB, to include grade A in History.
IB: 36 points with at least a 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 Sociology

Student blogs

Bronwyn Edmonds - History

Jamie Jenkins - History

Phoebe Singer - History

Matt Woodrow - History

Melissa Fletcher - Sociology

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.