Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Nurture your understanding of social, cultural and political developments in Britain, Europe and the wider world. You’ll explore history from 1700 onwards.


Course Overview

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  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

From landscapes and air pollution to the politics of revolution, learn about how modern history continues to shape our world.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Learn how historians look to the future based on their understanding of the past
  • Expand your knowledge of social, cultural and political development from 1700 onwards
  • Analyse documents including films, official records, personal narratives and letters in the context of global events
  • Work directly with communities in Leeds and help uncover the city's rich history
  • Gain transferable skills in research, writing and critical analysis to become a highly employable graduate

We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the arts and humanities.

We’ll nurture your passion. This course will  develop your creative and critical thinking through:

  • Inspired teaching and intellectual debate
  • Day-to-day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights
  • A rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers

Career opportunities
We’ll open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love. This could be anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Heart of culture and the arts
Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city, surrounded by numerous museums, art galleries, theatres, film production companies and recording studios.

We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Diverse research community
Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community, and on-line racism in football to 21st-century genres. 

Hands-on learning
We're also very hands-on. You’ll have access to regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, and collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

Why study History at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 92% of BA (Hons) History students were satisfied with their course*
  2. We are ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK for studying History **
  3. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals
  4. Applied Humanities practical module option
  5. Strong and meaningful partnerships with community organisations
  6. Develop your flexible and critical thinking

*National Student Survey 2022

** The Guardian League Table

History student, Sophia Lambert, shares how the history of Leeds inspires her study From exhibitions and events to museums which showcase different periods of history, current student Sophia tells us why she chose to study History in Leeds, and how the city inspires and supports her study at Leeds Beckett.