You’re currently in education, but what is next for you?
After A Levels and compulsory education, your life is in your hands and it is up to you to start making those all-important decisions about what you will do with your time. Will you look for an apprenticeship or paid work when you get your results and A Level qualification? Or will you continue into higher education by applying for funding a diploma or undergraduate degree at an educational establishment in England or Scotland? Whichever path you choose, you may be faced with some huge subjects to ponder, like scholarships, loans, visas, admission deadline dates, accommodation, which employer, etc…
If you are keen on pursuing History and are wondering what more you could with it, then let us tell you a bit more about research degrees like this one, specifically those offered in the Leeds area.
We are sure you will agree that History is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study, but it also offers a number of other positive outcomes that could help you out in life.
Regardless of the type of History degree courses you apply to or the specification you choose, any academic History degree will offer a wide range of transferable skills. For instance, lectures, seminars, debates, and your final thesis will encourage you to broaden your professional communication skills (both written and spoken), while the researching demands of the course will require you to gain general IT skills.
On the subject of research, you will no doubt acquire distinguished independent research skills and will improve on your ability to critique and analyse historical texts and sources in terms of reliability and other aspects. Along with your newfound cross-referencing capabilities, you’ll also be a strong defender and debater and will be in a position to use all of your knowledge to inform your answers.
As an applicant, these fundamental skills will be key to you finding jobs relating to your degree.
With all of the above in mind, some sectors that are well-suited to History postgraduates are:
Graduating with a first class History degree could lead you, more specifically into a career in criminology, psychology, sociology, social work, the creative arts, as a researcher, or it could be a stepping stone to completing a masters doctorate and then a phd in History. Either way, choosing to study History in your further education will certainly help you to strive towards academic excellence and improve your employability prospects.
As a History graduate, you could find work in a top museum like the Louvre in Paris, France. Photo on Foter.com
If you are from Leeds, then you will know all about the amazing city. However, if you are being drawn to Leeds from elsewhere (maybe even overseas) because it has a great accredited university course on offer (according to the world university rankings), or because you’ve heard great things about its city and campuses, then we are about to reconfirm how brilliant it is for students like you to be taught and to live in Leeds! We hope the below answers a number of faqs from prospective students at Leeds’ top universities.
Leeds is the third biggest city in the UK and is a great place to study and work, as well as a magnet for tourism. It’s also home to two universities on the top university rankings list: Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Met University) and the University of Leeds, both of which have great research facilities.
According to Visit Leeds, “the financial and professional services sector in Leeds City Region is the largest financial centre outside of London and a major hub for professional services, contributing £13bn of gross value added (GVA) to the economy, with nearly half of the population working in professional, managerial and associate professional jobs.”
Leeds City Region has a £66.5 billion economy, so you know that if you chose to stick around after your degree then you’d be getting your career off to a great start.
What’s more, Leeds has a reputation for being a great place to live.
Salary wise, Leeds came in sixth place in Moneysupermarket.com’s Quality of Living sorting index ahead of Manchester and Birmingham, with the Chapel Allerton and Otley suburbs making the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain. The average salary of £22,677 has made a huge impact on its popularity, plus its much more affordable weekly cost of living than the UK average. This means that to work in or to travel to Leeds for work could be a real money-saver for you.
Leeds has been highly ranked as a great place to work, live and study over the years. Photo credit: Gareth1953 All Right Now on Foter.com
Moreover, Leeds offers existing and prospective students a range of nightclubs, pubs, and bars as well as some great music venues like the O2 Academy, the Key Club, the Brudenell Social Club, and Carpe Diem. During the day, you can discover historical sites like Leeds City Museum, Industrial Museum & Royal Armouries as well as art galleries such as Leeds Art Gallery and impressive architecture like the Kirkstall Abbey and Lotherton Hall. You can really take advantage of the fantastic venue we know as Leeds City!
Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Met University) – History BA
“From landscapes and air pollution to the politics of revolution, learn about how modern history continues to shape our world and how historians look to the future based on their understanding of the past. Expand your knowledge of social, cultural and political development in Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1700 onwards. Analyse documents including films, official records, personal narratives and letters in the context of global events. Work directly with communities in Leeds and help uncover the city’s rich history. With transferable skills in research, writing and critical analysis, you will be a highly employable graduate.
We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.
Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.
Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.
Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city,surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We?re also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.
Take a look at the opportunities we provide to study abroad.
A collaboration with multinational services network PwC granted our history and English students exclusive access to the company’s archives to compile a unique collection of letters sent during WWI.”
As a History student, you will be given the chance to learn about important civil wars and revolutions. Photo on Foter.com
University of Leeds – History BA
“This prestigious course allows you to explore a huge range of issues and themes, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 21st century and spanning across the globe.
Core modules will give you a firm foundation to understand historical change and gain valuable research skills. You can also choose from a wide selection of optional modules to explore periods and societies that really interest you. Whether it’s medieval medicine or modern Africa, there’s plenty to discover.
Our School of History is one of the largest in the UK, meaning we have expert tutors in an exceptionally broad range of areas – and their cutting-edge research will inform what and how you learn. We also have top-class facilities, including one of the biggest university libraries in England. It’s a great place to study one of the broadest and most challenging degrees on offer.
Leeds has excellent resources for historians. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections, including several National Collections, and the University Library offers comprehensive training programmes to help you make the most of the facilities we have.
Year 1 is about your transition to degree-level study. We help you to gain a good grounding in historical periods through modules in medieval and modern history. We also help you to develop strong research skills for the whole of your time at University and beyond.
Once you’ve built that base of knowledge and skills, you can choose optional modules across Year 2 to help you focus on the social, cultural, political or economic themes that suit your interests. You’ll study at least two modules in the modern period and two from earlier times, but you can really tailor your degree to suit you.
By Year 3, you’ll have a clear idea of how to apply what you’ve learnt to a special subject, focusing on a specific topic in depth with the help of primary sources. You’ll also put your knowledge and skills into practice when you write a longer research dissertation on a topic of your choice.”
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