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Our courses

Immerse yourself in history and explore diverse societies, incredible cultures and compelling individuals.

Our highly flexible courses offer you the freedom to develop your specific areas of interest.

BA History

Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer at the University of Reading.

Take a journey through time, from crusading in the High Middle Ages to anarchy in the UK during the explosion of punk rock in the 1970s. Choose modules to suit your interests, from time periods ranging from medieval to modern, and from geographical regions including Britain, Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East, and South Asia.

BA History with Foundation

Our Arts and Humanities Foundation Year has been designed to build your subject knowledge and academic skills.

It will prepare you to join our undergraduate programme BA History and one of our many joint degree programmes (unless the partner degree has specific requirements). This is an excellent route to a degree in the discipline if you do not have the typical entry qualifications.

I saw that Reading did some great US history and modern history modules which appealed to me. I went to an open day and met some students and some of the brilliant lecturers. It seemed like a great department to be involved in.

Beth Snyder, BA History and MA History

Joint honours programmes 

Combine your love of history with another of your favourite subjects. Joint degrees allow you to study two complementary subjects as part of a single undergraduate qualification.

BA Ancient History and History

Study the classical world alongside modern history and go on a journey through your favourite historical periods.

BA History and Politics

Understand the historic roots of today's political issues and acquire a strong grounding in the fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes.

BA History and International Relations

Address today's key issues and investigate their roots in the past, and gain an understanding of how they influence one another.

BA History and English Literature

Explore the richness of English literature alongside the great variety of human history around the world.

BA History and Economics

Understand the cultures and societies that shaped the past and explore the critical economic issues that influence the world today.

BA History and Philosophy

Analyse beliefs and concepts and consider how past societies worked.

BA Classical and Medieval Studies

Discover the classical roots of European civilisation and investigate the Medieval period that followed.

BA Archaeology and History

Delve into a range of chronological periods, as well as develop your ability to analyse change over time and to compare cross-cultural and abstract material concepts.

BA Modern Languages and History

Combine the study of French, German, Italian, or Spanish culture and language with your exploration of past peoples and societies.

Study a joint degree

In this video, BA History and International Relations student, Sophia explains how studying two complementary subjects has given her a more varied learning experience.


Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduate students. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. UK students may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Fees and funding at the University of Reading

Why study with us?

Join a department that is ranked in the top 125 in the world for History, Philosophy and Theology. (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022)

Undergraduate brochure

Discover programmes designed to challenge, inspire and equip you to become an outstanding historian.

How you'll study

Develop your own informed views, and become a confident, independent and inquisitive individual.