BA in History

The most striking thing about History at Oxford is its extraordinary range of choices. We offer more than 100 different options, reflecting the breadth of interests and expertise amongst the c. 150 professional historians who teach here. You can study options on African, Asian, American, British, European, and Global and Transnational History from the fading years of the Roman Empire to the present day. You have the opportunity to explore diverse approaches to the past, including by learning languages or by engaging with other disciplines such as art history, economics, gender or women’s studies.  

If you are a highly motivated student who is passionate about studying History, the University of Oxford offers an unrivalled environment in which to study. You will work alongside your tutors and fellow students to debate how we understand the past and to gain skills that will allow you to change your future. 

Year 1 (Prelims)

As a first-year student, you will study a wide range of time periods, places and methods. You will be introduced to new ways of studying history and you will learn crucial academic skills.

You will study: 

Years 2 & 3 (Final Honours School)

In the final two years of study you have enormous choice. Some students range widely over time and space, others prefer to develop focused specialist interests, but you are all trained to do original research as historians. Your work will be assessed through 4 exams and 3 assignments.

You will study:  

Coming to Oxford is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and that is the case for everyone else I have met here. If you have the slightest doubt in your mind about applying: DON’T DOUBT IT! …. Oxford may very well have a place for you, and the only way you can find that out is if you apply. 

Esin Akdogan (BA History)