More information about the History discipline

History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner.

The study of history helps us understand why the human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people and society have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although History is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.

A student of this discipline will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to assess and explain past changes. This discipline of studies offers a broad perspective that offers flexibility, good analytical skills, good writing and speaking skills, capacity to identify, assess and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills. All these attributes are vital in a number of different occupations in the job market, so a graduate of history has a wide range of jobs that he or she could be fit for.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in Archaeology

    Classical & Archaeological Studies examines the textual and material evidence for a wide cross-section of the ancient world and includes three convergent research and teaching pathways: ancient history, classical literature, and archaeology. Many core areas in the investigation of the ancient world can be studied with us at postgraduate level.

  • Master in Archaeological Computing (Virtual Pasts)

    Computers and information technology are increasingly important tools for both researching and managing archaeological materials. Taught within the internationally known research environment of the Southampton Archaeological Computing Research Group, in common with the MSc Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey), this course will provide instruction in a wide range of computing skills that are used within archaeology including multimedia technologies, databases, WWW and electronic publication.

  • Master in Historical Research

    The MA in Historical Research is designed to offer a grounding in historical research and either to prepare you for higher study at PhD level or – if taken as a stand-alone qualification – to cultivate transferable skills for employment in a range of related careers such as archives and libraries, teaching and research work. Past students have entered the wide range of careers open to arts and humanities graduates.

  • Master in Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey)

    The MSc in Archaeological Computing (GIS and survey) provides an opportunity to study the use and implications of digital spatial and survey technologies, from GIS to Archaeological research and practice.

  • Master in Architectural History and Theory

    Join the MSc Architectural History and Theory and explore the latest methods, approaches and theories in the field. You’ll draw on the expertise of leading scholars and benefit from an unrivalled range of electives. As the programme progresses, you’ll gain practical experience through field trips and an optional work placement opportunity.