History at Oxford - Course Outline
Students need to take four papers as mentioned below.
- General history (primarily European)
- History of the British Isles
- Historical methods (choice of Historiography, Approaches to history, Tacitus to Weber, Quantification, one of seven foreign texts)
- Optional subject (choices include Theories of the State, Conquest and colonisation: America and Spain in the sixteenth century, Culture, politics and society in England, 1700-1795; industrial work and working class life in Britain 1870-1914)
Four written papers
First University examinations
Second and Third Years
Students need to take six subjects as mentioned bellow.
- General history
- History of the British Isles
- Further subject (choice of approximately 30, including: China in war and revolution, 1890-1949; Anglo-Saxon archaeology of the early Christian period, The Near East in the age of Muhammad and Justinian, c527-c700; government and Society in France, 1600-1715, The first industrial revolution, nationalism and Imperialism, 1830- 1980; Modern Japan, 1868-1972; The Soviet Union, 1924-41)
- Special subject: an extended essay and a paper (choices include: The Norman conquest of England, culture and art in the Italian Renaissance, Politics, Venice and Florence c1475-1525, English architecture, 1660-1720, The Scientific movement in the 17th century, Political pressures and social policy, 1899-1914; India, 1919-39: Contesting the nation, Nazi Germany, a racial order, 1933-45, The Russian Revolution of 1917, The Northern Ireland troubles, 1965-85, The Great Society era, 1960-70)
- Disciplines of history
Final University examinations
Five written papers, one thesis, one extended essay, an additional thesis can be offered
Students are expected to attend around five lectures a week during the first year, take part in regular meetings with tutors to talk about the work, write at least one essay a week and research in libraries. In the second and the third year, students need to choose from a wide variety of lectures and their regular diet of tutorials, which is supplemented by faculty classes. In these lectures, students discuss their work with various other students. The thesis equips students with the opportunity to engage in a piece of independent research. Typically, students are in charge of their own timetable throughout the course.
- A-levels: AAA
- Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
- IB: 38 - 40 comprising core points
- Or any other equivalent
It is very much recommended for candidates to have history to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any other equivalent.
Candidates ought to follow the application procedure as mentioned in how to apply page of the university website. The following information will students to apply for this course.
Candidates need to submit an essay on a historical topic of A2 level or any other equivalent. The essay must be written in their own time as part of their college or school work by the prescribed date. Students are advised to see the university website for further information.
Candidates ought to take the History Aptitude Test, usually, at their own college or school on the date prescribed by the university. Candidates should ensure that they are available to take the test at their time. Further information may be found on the history faculty website.
If students are short-listed, UCAS personal statements and submitted work may form starting-points for discussion in their interview. Some of the colleges may need students to read a short passage of historical writing whilst they are for interview. Students are expected to have interest in the subject and wish to learn more about it.