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Why does evil exist? How do we mediate between conflicting communities? Do different faiths respond differently to these questions? Both History and Philosophy explore complex issues of conflict and resolution – at an individual and social level. They help develop a clear outlook of the world, showing us how to study the connections between actions and thoughts.

Course Benefits

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers who are well-published in their specialist subjects.

Gain hands-on experience of interpreting evidence such as museum archives and digital data.

Develop your ability to become an active and engaged producer of knowledge, not just a passive receiver of it.

You’re a name, not a number. You’ll learn in small groups and access plenty of individualised support through one-to-one tutorials.

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Course Information

We’ll give you a solid foundation in both History and Philosophy, teaching you the key skills and concepts of each discipline. You’ll have the opportunity to concentrate on particular historical themes, as well as exploring a variety of periods in national and world history. At the same time, you’ll develop core skills in philosophical and ethical analysis, studying questions raised by philosophers about religion, God, mind, knowledge, politics and ideology.

Our research-active lecturers will teach you to work like philosophers and historians, helping you to engage powerfully with the subjects you’re passionate about. As your degree progresses, you’ll have the chance to specialise in the concepts that challenge and fascinate you – from the meaning of life, to technology’s impact on social structures and ‘the person’.
We’ll also help you to develop a range of professionally relevant skills such as project management, data collection and analysis and teamwork.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop the skills, professional experience and knowledge to make informed choices about ethical behaviour, social responsibility, and issues of environment, access and cultural diversity in relation to history and philosophy.

Year 1

Year 1 provides you with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in philosophy and history.

Philosophy modules consider the big issues and debates, looking at how these have emerged in the history of philosophy and studying questions raised by philosophers about the religion, God, mind, knowledge, politics and ideology. Ethics and Society looks at a range of social and ethical debates, including applications to contemporary issues.

History modules provide you with the skills to conduct your own historical research and inquiry, using documents, images, and digital records, also considering the ways in which historians interpret key events and debate their causes and their subsequent influences.
At the end of Year 1, you participate in a placement in which you apply the skills you’ve gained in a professional context, providing you with valuable work experience.

Throughout these modules you receive continual feedback, helping you to develop your thinking and approach. You will have a solid foundation in philosophy and history, with a strong skillset, prepared to pursue your own interests.

Year 2

Year 2 allows you to begin to develop your own interests and specialisms. Philosophy modules explore understandings of the person in modern philosophy. Topics include freedom, the meaning of life, death, emotions, religion and the contribution of philosophy to psychiatry. Further modules explore artificial intelligence and transhumanism, i.e. technology’s impact on social structures and the person, and the concept of human dignity in the face of new developments in scientific and medical research.

In the second year History modules, you will have the opportunity to study themes and topics in greater detail, as you learn to become an independent historian in your own right. You will be encouraged to define your own particular topics of study, and you will engage in in-depth analysis of periods and events, using more advanced historical approaches and methods. You will learn how to analyse historical statistics and to present your findings in sophisticated visual formats. You continue to develop your employability skills with workshops and a placement, giving you a taste of various careers.

Year 3

In Year 3, you have greater scope to define your topics and choose your approaches, as an intendent learner, engaging with cutting edge contemporary debates.

You will work individually with a lecturer to plan, research and write a dissertation and have the option to negotiate a suitable work-based learning project to gain some great professional experience and a stronger sense of the kind of jobs your degree will offer you. Additional option modules have been designed to enable you to integrate your historical and philosophical knowledge.

You can explore the history of political thought; the complex relationship between science and religion since the nineteenth century, and a wide range of social and ethics issues (including the role of ethics in business, surveillance, media, and animal welfare).

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • HIS4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • HIS4702 - Patterns and Periodisation in History
  • HIS4712 - The Historian's Craft
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • TRS4102 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
  • TRS4512 - Introduction to Philosophy: Questions and Concepts

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS5702 - Problems in History
  • HIS5712 - Research and Discovery
  • HIS5752 - Professional Development and Placement
  • HUM5012 - Philosophy and Technology
  • TRS5202 - Body: Bio-Ethics and Sexual Ethics
  • TRS5412 - Modern Philosophy: Mind, Self and World

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS6702 - Special Subject 1
  • HIS6712 - Special Subject II
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6232 - History and Philosophy Research Report
  • HUM6234 - History and Philosophy Dissertation
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • TRS6012 - The Self in Contemporary Philosophy
  • TRS6202 - Social Ethics

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 16.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 200 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 840 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 167 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 898 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 13.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 164 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,036 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
This programme is designed to build on your enthusiasm for asking questions about the world and challenging received opinions. Through the ages, historians and philosophers have grappled with questions of who we are, what we should do and why. These questions are not abstract, but often appear as urgent aspects of our daily lives. 'Is my sense of personal identity something I was born with or something I acquired from the society I grew up in?' 'Should we apologise and make amends for historical injustices our society committed in the past?'

The programme helps you find and analyse knowledge in a thorough and professional manner and produce new knowledge in creative new ways. Our inter-connected and multicultural world needs new answers and we need to learn how to create them as well as evaluate or challenge the answers others come up with. It is about developing clarity and a confident ability to work with these big open-ended questions and also offering the opportunity for employers to recognise the value of graduates who learn, understand, challenge and create.

Modules at each level continue from previous study, affirming skills learned and preparing for the skills required in the following year's study. This helps you develop confidence in inquiry, analysis and presentation. Study skills and research methods are explained and you will incorporate these into the design and execution of your own research projects, culminating in a major final-year dissertation on a topic of your choice. The learning and teaching is specifically structured to allow you to become a graduate capable of producing new insights and responses as well as recovering and re-presenting previous insights.

The programme in History and Philosophy is delivered using a variety of styles, including lectures, seminar-style discussion of a particular topic, class debates on live issues, prepared presentations by students, group work, and other exercises as appropriate. Guidance and feedback on reading, research and essay-writing is embedded in the learning and teaching process.
In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme. 

We make extensive use of electronic media, e-books, and especially Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions and to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. 

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules with the option to take a third. As part of the Level 4 module students will participate in a group project exploring and developing project management and teamwork skills. In the spring term of Level 5 there is a six-week professional work placement sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on students' learning. Finally, students can choose to take a Level 6 option module in which they negotiate and complete an individual project for an external institution or company.

At Level 6 high-achieving students are offered the choice of a 40-credit Dissertation/Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development. All students complete a module by independent research, guided by a staff supervisor. There are opportunities throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 83.3% coursework; 16.7% written exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
Assessments tailored to this programme include presentations, portfolios and book reviews, as well as essays and exams.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

​Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Rosemary Mitchell

Rosemary Mitchell

I'm a Level 4 tutor. I'll get to know you from the very beginning of your induction week. I also often teach Patterns and Periodisation in the first year. 

I'm particularly interested in public history - that's the way history is presented to non-academic audiences - so I often teach on modules which cover the heritage industry, historical films and novels, and the history textbook.

Academic staff profiles

​The history strand is uniquely designed to develop your historical and transferable skills progressively, while allowing you to study a range of exciting and interesting topics like turning points in British history, American Civil Rights, and early modern witchcraft. Teaching, learning, and assessment methods are also innovative with student presentations, poster displays, role-play, workshops, and fieldwork all playing a role - not just lectures and exams!

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Joseph fully embraced school life and developed excellent relationships with both the pupils and his peers. He has been offered employment as a mentor one day per week due to a very successful placement.

Clare Mone

Teacher of RE at Holy Family Catholic HS

Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students typically complete placements in primary and secondary schools, law firms, MPs’ offices, media organisations, museums and archives, human resources, as well as working as researchers in universities.

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Our graduates have wide-ranging careers because they develop the skills that employers want: research, data-handling, project management, spoken and written communication, and digital skills. Typical careers for our graduates include management and business, education, the civil service and the legal professions.

Recently, our History graduates have been offered places on postgraduate programmes at the University of East Anglia, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, and Leeds Trinity University. These programmes include postgraduate training in teaching, Masters and Diplomas in Museums Studies, Masters in the History and Philosophy of Science, Masters in Modern European History, Masters in MA Race & Resistance, and Masters by Research.

One of our graduates, having gone on to undertake a postgraduate course in Museums Studies at the University of Leicester, and then working in the heritage sector, is currently completing a Doctorate with us here at Leeds Trinity University.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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