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Stimulate your historical imagination with a degree in history by distance learning. This thoughtfully constructed programme provides a structured route into the past in all its guises.

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Dr Sarah Ansari, Reader in History at Royal Holloway, speaks about Gandhi's reputation as both 'saint' and 'politician'.

By studying this programme, you will:

  • expand your knowledge and understanding of the past.
  • reflect on the diversity of past human experience
  • explore a range of interpretations, theories and approaches that historians have adopted and tested over time.
  • cultivate skills that are highly valued by employers, such as the ability to think critically, assess evidence and express ideas with precision.

Course details

Subjects range from an introduction to ancient philosophy to civil rights in 1960s America, and from ethnicity, identity and citizenship in modern British life to the interpretation and writing of history.

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Application deadline 1 October 2018
Registration deadline 30 November 2018

Independent study

Distance learning offers you the flexibility to balance your studies with your existing commitments. We supply learning materials which are specially designed for independent study. You will also have access to a significant range of online resources, including a fully supported Virtual Learning Environment and online library.

Study materials

We provide the core study materials you need to complete the programme. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams), a subject guide for each course you choose, and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
  • Your Course Tutor provides support throughout the year and leads online seminars for each course that you study.

Assessment

  • The 15-credit courses are assessed by a two-hour written exam.
  • The 30-credit courses are assessed by a three-hour written exam,
  • The dissertation is assessed by a thesis of 10,000 words.

Exams are held in May each year. You can sit these when you are ready at one of our 400 examination centres. A fee is payable to your local centre for hosting the exams.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the BA History degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course of our degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. You may apply for recognition for up to four full courses at Level 1.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below relate to the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Academic year2018-2019
Registration fee£1,102
Half course fee£535
Full course fee£1,070
Total BA£13,942

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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

Studying history will equip you with a broad range of skills, such as critical thinking and persuasive writing. These skills are transferable across many different careers. History graduates go on to pursue careers in fields including advertising, journalism, teaching and museum curation.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The programme is developed by the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. This is the largest History Department in the University of London and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. It is currently ranked 12th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Programme Director

Dr Emmett Sullivan is Senior Departmental Tutor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is responsible for the Department’s distance learning provision and the undergraduate research methods and economic history courses. Emmett has worked at La Trobe (Australia), ANU (Australia) and the University of Leicester. He holds a doctoral degree from ANU.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Welcome from Dr Emmett Sullivan, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Emmett Sullivan - History - Royal Holloway

"No matter what courses you choose, you will be working with well-trained and qualified tutors who have an established reputation and considerable experience."