According to statistics by UCAS, a record number of pupils are applying to universities in a quest for academic excellence, and this is an enrolment trend we expect to see continuing into the future as employers start to expect only the most educated staff. While those who don't apply to and complete a degree may not necessarily miss out on their dream profession, the fact is that they will be finding it much harder to compete with their more accredited peers.

However, it's not as simple as just having an undergraduate degree qualification. You can't just spend three years at any higher education establishment and expect to be eligible to walk into your dream job. It all depends on you picking the right course for you and your interests. Being awarded a first class degree also won't do you any harm!

While most universities in the country offer some type of History degree, not all of these courses are the same so it is wise to research the course content for each before you apply or settle on a location.

A further education or careers advisor at your institution can offer you guidance on admission processes, whether you are a UK citizen or an international student, preparing you for the academic year ahead as a prospective student. Remember, they may also be able to advise you on other queries (so get your faqs ready!) like scholarships, funding a degree and tuition fees, university rankings, accreditation, flexible tuition or studying part-time, distance learning, and employability. University fairs are also good places to visit to discover those prestigious establishments with degree programs recognised as being among the top UK universities.

A number of universities in or near Manchester offer quality History bachelor of arts and masters of arts degrees, and we will now tell you a bit more about those courses and what's on offer for students like you.

Benefits Of Studying History

We are sure you will agree that History is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study, but the discipline also offers a number of professional skills that could help you out in life.

History provides you with a wide skills set and allows you to choose from a variety of career paths.
History courses can mould you into an all-round student who is a good reader, debater, critical thinker, and much more. Photo credit: evoo73 on

A degree in history develops your critical thinking and analytical skills, including imagination and problem-solving. With much research required, especially for your final thesis or dissertation, you'll learn to be independent and will be forced to manage your time and priorities effectively as well as conduct independent research.

Furthermore, you will develop the ability to construct strong arguments and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both in writing and in person. You'll also acquire the capacity to think objectively and approach problems with an open mind, with a better appreciation of the different factors that influence civilisations and individuals in society.

The fundamental knowledge and skills you acquire during any social science or research course will be key to you finding jobs relating to your specialization.

Career Paths

With all of the above in mind, some sectors that are well-suited to History postgraduates are:

  • Jobs in Research and Heritage
  • Jobs at museums (curators, education officers, exhibition officers)
  • Jobs in Media and Journalism
  • Jobs in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Other professional sectors that might appeal to historians include Law, Business and Finance, Politics and the Public Sector.

That said, just because you study History, it doesn't mean that you must enter one of these professions. Your employability prospects will be raised simply by having a BA, master's, diploma, PhD or doctorate on your CV.

Many people choose a subject simply because they enjoy learning about it and don't know what they want to do with their lives after education, winding up in a different career altogether when it comes down to it.

Based outside of Manchester? Read our posts about finding history courses in Belfast Edinburgh, or Cardiff.

Benefits Of Studying In Manchester

Manchester is a very popular place to live, study and work, and is the third biggest city in the UK. The vibrant city is all at once cultural, historic and quirky, hosting festivals and numerous cultural events as well as offering a diversity of cuisine (China Town, for example, is solely dedicated to Asian food).

In Manchester, students from all over the world come together to study and explore. It is known for its two main universities: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester and is, therefore, a student-centred city, with a strong sense of youth wherever you go.

Manchester is the perfect place for students looking for a great time as well as the best education they can possibly get.
Manchester's nightlife is one to behold - there's a sense of youth wherever you go. Photo credit: Steve M. Walker on

Manchester is very welcoming and, whats' more, is quite affordable for a big city. From accommodation to travel, most daily essentials are reasonably priced, even for those on a student budget earning the bare minimum.

One of the best things about Manchester is just how easy it is to find your way around: everything is within walking distance; from shops and restaurants to bars, train stations and local attractions. Plus, if you don't fancy going out on foot all the time, you can hop onto a tram. Three to four years here and you will know the city like the back of your hand!

Manchester is also a great place for day trips, so you can keep your family and friends entertained when they come to visit you. There are galleries, museums, festivals, events, shops and other attractions offering a diverse range of things to see and do right on your doorstep.

Degree Options In Manchester

University of Manchester - History BA

"Our BA History course will give you the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your own interests while learning from one of the largest concentrations of historians in Britain.

You will be able to choose course units covering a wide range of periods and topics, including ancient, medieval, modern and economic and social history, as well as the history of science, technology and medicine.

In Years 1 and 2, you can also take course units in other disciplines, including languages, the humanities and the social sciences. There are also opportunities for you to spend part of your degree studying abroad.

Students will have the option to specialise in a particular area of interest or continue to study a broad range of areas in their final year, when you have a choice of units covering topics such as British, European, American, African and Asian history at different periods, culminating in a 12,000-word thesis.

You will receive expert training in analysis and critical reasoning while developing important transferable skills in communication and presentation, argument and debate, teamwork, research, and time management, all of which will help prepare you for life after university."

Expert career advisors can help you to decide what your next step will be.
Many BA courses will prepare you for life after your degree. Photo on

Manchester Metropolitan University - History BA

"From ancient civilisations and great empires, to terrible battles and the roots of our modern society, history is a vast landscape to explore and understand.

The past is part of our every day lives, shaping our world profoundly. Study history and you won’t just learn about what happened in the past. You’ll develop a better understanding of the how and why of the events that make us who we are. In other words – you won’t just discover the story, you’ll investigate and interpret its sources, impacts and meanings.

This degree programme offers a roadmap for exploring the social and political landscape of human history. You’ll look at a huge variety of times and places – immersing yourself in wars and famine and poverty, charting technological leaps and social progress, and unearthing conspiracies, catastrophes and revolutions. And that’s just in your first year.

Researchers work to search for new discoveries, fresh perspectives and unknown aspects of our history. With this degree we’ll give you the skills to do the same.

Key benefits:

  • The freedom to choose from 40+ units.
  • You may spend your second year studying in Australia or America.
  • Gain real-world experience through our History in Practice unit in your second year – by working on a project with a local organisation.
  • Your Independent History Project allows you to pursue your own interests in your final year.
  • The History team is friendly, supportive and passionate about the subject, offering you an intellectually challenging environment."

Aside from courses in Manchester, you can also study History in:

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