History and Heritage
History at UWE has an established reputation for delivering high quality courses through an inspiring and committed team of academic staff.
We currently offer the following History and Heritage courses:
Teaching and research expertise
The History staff at UWE are dedicated teachers. Their expertise is broad, encompassing the medieval period to the late twentieth century. Particular strengths include late Medieval England and its neighbours, Modern British and Irish history, Imperial history, and Modern European history, with particular reference to France, Spain and the Soviet Union, American history, and the Middle East. All the historians are active researchers and their research underpins teaching across all three levels.
From the outset, students identify links between their academic studies and the wider world. Guest lecturers from government, the heritage sector, journalism, cultural industries, and museums, film-making and writing make these connections clear.
The activities of the Regional History Centre highlight links with the heritage sector and with the cultural industries. The Centre runs seminars, workshops and conferences on a wide range of historical topics, particularly those bearing upon the south west. Students on the History with Heritage programme, and students undertaking a placement in their third year are encouraged to explore the range of opportunities available.
History in Practice
History in Practice is a central theme of History at UWE. It is reflected in the core modules at levels one and two, where emphasis is placed on the use and discussion of primary sources. Trips to The National Archives and the use of a range of digitized primary source material, support this. At level two, students write a mini-dissertation on a topic of their choice. This prepares them for the dissertation at level three: an opportunity to make an original contribution to History. Assessment is broad, ranging from the traditional essay to history trails to multi-media presentations. In each case, students are encouraged to develop a sense of enquiry, focus and precision in their work.
The UWE History blog has details of outreach, engagement and trips undertaken in History.
Students will find a fascinating range of History; friendly, dedicated and supportive teaching staff, as well as many opportunities to engage with the cultural industries and the heritage sector in the Bristol area. To broaden the experience further, students can also apply to study at Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.
Students are supported throughout their studies by an Academic Personal Tutor providing academic advice and guidance. Student Support Advisers offer further academic information and advice, and can help to co-ordinate support for your studies. We also provide academic study skills support.
At each level, students acquire new skills, which will support their studies and help prepare them for the world of work. These include the use of software such as Photostory and Wordpress, and the use of film.
Professional coaching is offered to help students hone presentation skills. More broadly, our History students become adept at researching, writing and presenting their findings, either individually or as part of a group. Regular input from our award winning Careers Service reinforces the relevance of these skills to a wide range of jobs.
Recent graduates have entered careers as financial analysts, paralegals, account managers and as teachers. Some have also gone onto further study.
Find out what our students have to say about their experiences of studying at UWE.