BA Joint Honours History and International Studies (UCAS Code LV21)
There are no specific subject requirements to study History. However, if you plan to study it as a Joint Honours degree you should refer to the subject requirements for the other course.
BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
History at Queen's spans the period from early Greece and the later Roman Empire to the early Middle Ages and up to the 20th century. Students are encouraged to select from a wide range of modules, in geographical as well as chronological terms, with modules on Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, and on European expansion overseas, as well as on Ireland and Great Britain. Within these areas, there are modules dealing with political developments, religious and economic change, and with social and cultural history, including modules in gender and women's history.Back to top
Modules at Level 1 offer a systematic introduction to the discipline of history, partly by sampling some of the many different approaches that historians take in studying the past, and partly by an exploration of some of the major questions of theory and method with which they are concerned.
Modules at Level 2 are generally survey modules seeking to convey a sense of the principal events, trends and developments in a particular country or region over a fairly long time span. Examples include:
Greece and Macedon 404-337 BC
Politics and Society in 20th-Century Ireland
The American South 1865-1980
The Expansion of Medieval Europe 1000-1300
Taught modules at Level 3 are more specialised, offering the opportunity to study a short period, or a particular theme or problem in detail, working from documents as well as secondary sources.
Typical modules at this level are:
Family, Gender and Household in Ireland c1740-1840
Popular Culture in England 1500-1700
The American Civil War and Reconstruction
The American Constitution
The Early Roman Emperors
The Peasants' Revolt 1381
In addition, Single and (if they choose) Major Honours students at Level 3 will complete a double module dissertation based on an individually-assigned research topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor. Joint students can (if they choose) write a 7,000-word dissertation based on an individually-assigned research topic (usually related to a Level 3 history module) chosen in consultation with a supervisor.
Some modules, especially surveys, use lectures and tutorials. Others are taught through seminars, in which students are expected to come prepared to fully engage in and sometimes lead group discussions. There is also increasing use of web-based learning. A variety of assessment methods is used, including written examination, coursework essays submitted during or at the end of the semester, oral presentations by individual students or collaborative groups, and dissertations.Back to top
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Internships are being developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.Back to top