Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Available in clearing

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    20 Sep 2021

From landscapes and air pollution to the politics of revolution, learn about how modern history continues to shape our world and how historians look to the future based on their understanding of the past. Expand your knowledge of social, cultural and political development in Britain, Europe and the wider world 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. With transferable skills in research, writing and critical analysis, you will be a highly employable graduate.

“A crucial part of my job is analysing primary source documents to support our clients against money laundering. When interviewing for this role, my degree gave me the edge to stand out against other candidates as I was highly capable of the analytical skills required for the job.” Kate McAlister, BA (Hons) History, is now an analyst for Accenture in the Financial Compliance sector.


We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.

Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.

Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city, surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We're also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

Take a look at the opportunities we provide to study abroad.

A collaboration with multinational services network PwC granted our history and English students exclusive access to the companies archives to compile a unique collection of letters sent during WWI.

Why study History at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 97% of BA (Hons) History students were satisfied with their course*
  2. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals
  3. Applied Humanities practical module option
  4. Strong and meaningful partnerships with community organisations
  5. We offer distinctive and creative programmes that are responsive to the changes taking place in society
  6. Develop your flexible and critical thinking
  7. Real-life projects
  8. Expert careers service

* National Student Survey 2021

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.