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Study History with Us

Why study History with us?

  • We are flexible: You can study with us on a part-time or full-time basis by distance learning.
  • We will support you every step of the way: You will have access to online and face-to-face tutoring support.
  • We provide excellent teaching materials: You will have access to high-quality printed, digital, and audio-visual teaching materials prepared by our staff of experienced historians.
  • We are experts: 76% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*) and 100% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent for impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are skills focused: You will learn to assimilate and evaluate information, to think independently, and to communicate your ideas effectively. You will also develop your ICT skills.
  • We are career focused: Our History modules are relevant to a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors, including: education; museum work; public administration, art institutions, and social services; advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries, public relations; legal work; business, banking, and retail.

Qualifications in History

If you are interested in focussing your studies on History, we offer a BA (Honours) in History. This qualification received a 92% satisfaction rating in the 2014 National Student Survey. Follow this link to find out about all our History qualifications

Modules in History

Our modules are designed to be engaging and challenging. If you study with us, you will learn about British, Irish, European and global history from medieval to modern times. Our modules will give you the opportunity to tackle such issues as imperialism; politics; social relations; medicine; warfare and religion.

All of our modules are designed to help you to develop your ability to analyse historical evidence and to communicate effectively. These skills can be applied in many fields and are highly valued by employers. See some undergraduate module sample materials.

Scottish History modules

OU students can also study one of two modules in Scottish History, offered in collaboration to Dundee University. They are CDDR320 Medieval and Early Modern Scottish History, 1100-1707 and CDDR301 Modern Scottish History, 1707-1997 (Launch now postponed until October 2019). Both are 60-point Level 3 modules which explore Scotland’s political, economic, social and cultural history through the centuries. Either can count towards a History degree. Find more information on how the collaborative scheme works and on the two modules.

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