How change happens

Underpinned by a commitment to social justice and global responsibility, this degree can help you fulfil a career as a historically-informed and globally-engaged citizen.

How has the world changed around us? How does the past influence present-day events? Combining history with sociology will provide you with a richer understanding of the complexity and diversity of modern life.

Why History at LSBU?

  • Innovative teaching methods: taught by internationally renowned historians who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.

  • Optional work placement opportunities - allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.

  • We’re near the British Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Institute of Historical Research, the Wiener Library, the Women’s Library @LSE, and the Black Cultural Archive.

  • Benefit from inspiring speakers from the public, private sector, and third sector organizations.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus


Modules cover an array of enticing topics, including historical research methods, political systems and social movements, war and social change in the 20th century, and the origins of inequality, conflict and social problems.

Year 1

  • Historical sources and methods
  • Revolutions, wars and the making of the modern world
  • Issues in contemporary sociology
  • Historical practice and research
  • War and social change in the 20th century
  • The sociological imagination

Year 2

  • Global governance, regionalism, and the nation-state
  • Issues in criminal justice history
  • American history and American cinema
  • 20th-century British history: democracy, crisis, and modernity

Plus two modules from:

  • Social theory and modern society
  • Making identities: citizenship, race, and nation
  • Work placement
  • Gender difference and equality

Year 3

  • Research project (double module)

Plus four modules from:

  • Life and times in Nazi Germany
  • Modern Ireland: from independence to the Celtic tiger
  • Sociology for the 21st century
  • Black history
  • Genocide and crimes against humanity
  • Politics and protest
  • Suffrage to Citizenship: female activism in the 20th century Britain


History graduates have the ability to apply an analytical mindset to all kinds of problems and situations. These are relevant in just about any industry which has a focus on current societies and future developments.

You'll acquire all of the key skills demanded by graduate employers:

  • oral and written skills
  • problem-solving
  • planning and organisation
  • teamwork
  • presentation skills
  • decision making
  • drive
  • digital literacy
  • initiative
  • resilience
  • project management skills.

Typical career paths include:

  • teaching and research
  • archives and heritage
  • politics
  • media
  • business and commerce
  • the charity sector
  • marketing, advertising, and PR
  • law.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods are varied and innovative. Students will use a wide range of sources and methods throughout their studies including:

  • digital resources
  • social media (for example Twitter)
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • group work
  • essay writing
  • dissertations.

Level 4

At Level 4, modules are designed to provide an introduction to modern and contemporary history. Particular emphasis is placed on historical resources in London. You’ll visit archives and libraries, including the Black Cultural Archives, the Women’s Library @ LSE and the London Metropolitan Archives.

Level 5

At Level 5, taking a placement gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in a working environment. You'll have the choice of a variety of settings, including libraries, archives, museums and local history organizations.

Level 6

The modules at Level 6 interrogate more deeply core subject knowledge and learning outcomes, notably around the themes of diversity, equality and activism. A dissertation will further develop your independent research and project management skills.

Expert staff

Our areas of specialty include:

  • History of female activism and women’s movement s in Britain and Ireland
  • The social and economic history of Nazi Germany
  • Global women’s movements and activism
  • International Relations theory
  • Global political economy
  • International human rights
  • Sexualities and society
  • Human trafficking
  • Sustainability and climate change.

Dr. Caitriona Beaumont was recently featured in Channel 4 News for her work and research on the women's movement in Britain:

Personal Academic Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BCC or
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated February 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
Full time
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125
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