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Liberal Studies (History)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2020
  • Future start date: Sep 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: January 2020: £17,750, September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: V100

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also have the opportunity to study a variety of other topics. This flexible structure gives you the freedom to tailor your education to reflect both your personal and professional interests.

The specialist knowledge and broad-ranging skills you will develop on this programme will prepare you for a career in almost any professional environment.

The types of skills you will gain include:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Social responsibility

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (History) programme is a study of the human past, societies, events and ideas. The study of history enables us to understand how the past has helped shape the world of today and influence the world of tomorrow.  Focusing on different periods in history, you will learn how to evaluate historical evidence, compare and contrast opposing viewpoints and draw your own conclusions about the world around us. You will explore a variety of topics structured around five core histories:

  • Classical history
  • British history
  • European history
  • Chinese history
  • Asian history

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills valuable to any profession.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

The knowledge and the transferrable skills you will gain from this programme will prepare you for a diverse range of professions.

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Programme brochure

This is a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Art History major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3. 

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
History of London This module will explore the history of London, from the time of its foundation in the first century AD to the twenty-first century. The module aims to give students a sense of the chronology of London, from Roman to medieval, and from early modern to the present day. It also aims to give a sense of the diversity of historical evidence: buildings, artefacts and images as well as traditional documents. We will cover themes such as religion, architecture and disease, and look at the varied experience of ordinary Londoners. Core module for History majors.
Introduction to Western History A survey of aspects of the political, social and cultural history of Western Europe in the classical and mediaeval periods. Legacies from the period will be discussed, as appropriate, and students encouraged to develop their own interests within the wide range of the module. Core module for History majors.
Study of History This module is designed to give students the skills required to study history as an academic university subject; there are three main themes. The first is about ideas in history or the history of history: how have historians written about history in the past and how has this changed over time? What historical theories have historians used? The second theme is about sources: we will study the wide variety of historical sources we can use as evidence in history. Thirdly, there is a set of practical skills to learn: how to write a bibliography, how to research, how to handle historical data. Core module for History majors.
The Formation of Modern Europe This module is will explore the main forces, theories, personalities, movements and events that have shaped European society in the period 1789-1900. Students will learn to identify and critically analyze the major watersheds in nineteenth-century European history. They will also be able to discuss the major historical debates that have framed the period. Core module for History majors.
The World’s Religions This module will introduce students to the academic study of religions through a consideration of the historical, devotional, and intellectual dimensions of a number of major religious traditions of the world. The primary aims of such an exploration will be to introduce students to the methodologies, issues, and challenges surrounding the academic study of religion and to foster a greater appreciation for the many ways of living in this world other than our own. Classes will be a mixture of lectures and discussions; readings mostly will draw upon secondary materials, but will include also a selection of primary texts. Most of these communities can be found in Britain so, in order to provide first-hand experience, there will also be required visits to some of their places of worship in London. Core module for History majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Medieval and Early Modern England This module will examine a period of late medieval (1350–1500) or early modern (1500–1660) English history in detail. The aim is to study the chronology of the chosen period, while emphasising the diverse historical evidence for that period. We will also bring in evidence from other disciplines, including music, archaeology and architecture, as appropriate. Core module for History majors.
Twentieth-Century Britain This module will explore the main themes of twentieth-century British history. It provides a chronological overview of British politics and intersperses this with an investigation of social and cultural change since 1900. By the end of the module students will have a sophisticated understanding of the forces, personalities and events which have shaped British society from the Boer War to David Cameron. Core module for History majors.
Twentieth-Century Europe This module is will explore the main forces, theories, personalities, movements and events that have shaped European society in twentieth century. Students will learn to identify and critically analyze the major watersheds in the period and understand how political, cultural and social histories shed light on different aspects of the European story. They will also be able to discuss the major historical debates that have framed the period. Core module for History majors.
20th Century US International History This module surveys twentieth century United States history. The class will focus on foreign policy, but also spends time with social and political history of the US. The module aims to explain how foreign policy shaped the conditions, attitudes, and values of present-day America. The class will provide students with an incredible opportunity to understand the present by looking at the important historical events that made the United States one of the most powerful nations in the world. Core module for History majors.
Topics in International History This module will examine an aspect of the history of a geographical zone not otherwise studied in detail in our Regent’s history modules. The focus of the module may vary but could include for example Middle Eastern or African history. Core module for History majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Advanced Topics in History This module will allow students to study a historical topic in depth drawing on the research and teaching expertise of staff. Building on skills learned at levels 1-5, the module will engage with advanced historiography and analysis of primary sources. The focus of the module may vary but could include for example the study of European Fascism, the development of European diplomacy or the European Reformation.

Core module for History majors.
Medieval and Early Modern Europe This module aims to look in some depth at a historical topic relating to continental Europe in the late medieval and/or early modern period, roughly between 1350 and 1650. Moving beyond chronology and events, the module will encourage students to explore historical ideas: the views and experiences of those Europeans, and the modern ideas and theories of historians studying the period.

Core module for History majors.
Philosophy of History This module will explore key questions in the philosophy of history. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to outline the philosophical positions defended in the texts, say why one might be motivated to adopt them, discuss the arguments ranged against them, and show understanding of how the strengths of one may depend upon the weaknesses of another. In addition students will develop a philosophically informed approach to evaluating historical evidence. Core module for History majors.

History of Modern China: Imperialism and Recovery The aim of this module is to explore the historical transformations that have led to the development of modern China. Taking the approach that history informs the present, by tracing the historical development of modern China students will come to understand the foundations of contemporary Chinese politics, culture, economics, and society. Since this period also marks an increase in China’s engagement with the wider world, sometimes by physical force, this module also aims to make available to students a view of European and American history from a different perspective – from the standpoint of a nation state set as a target for western, specifically British, imperial expansion. In the process of studying modern China, this course, therefore, also aims to provide an alternate vantage point to the contemporary imperial histories of modern Europe, including Britain, and America. Students will come to understand precisely how China recovered from these imperial encounters to become, arguably, the greatest global superpower today. Core module for History majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for

Application deadlines

January 2020

Priority Deadline - Wednesday 11 December 2019

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September 2020

Early Deadline - Wednesday 11 December 2019

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Priority Deadline - Wednesday 15 January 2020

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Late Deadline - Wednesday 25 March 2020

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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Bursaries

As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting January 2020: £17,750

Starting September 2020: £18,000

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in foundation year, Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Please note, requirements for future intakes are subject to change.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected] Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London applicants only.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.
 

 

This unique degree programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge and broad-based business skills to thrive in almost any professional environment.

You will have the ability to apply critical analysis to key organisational issues and have an awareness of the social, environment and economic responsibilities that employees, employers and organisations have.

This programme will open doors to you in a wide variety of positions in the private, public and charitable sectors.

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broad range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (History)

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (History) with Integrated Foundation

Annouska Ruparell

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"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell