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History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) ,
History at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg revitalises views of the past, introduces exciting topics, and challenges many of the assumptions and approaches you may have learned at school. History will equip you with sought-after skills in research, analysis, and effective writing, speaking and thinking



Interested in historical, linguistic, literacy, or cultural perspectives of the past, the relationship between past and present, or the conservation and preservation of heritage?

The History at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  students taught by the department are to be found in leading positions in journalism, the civil service, diplomacy, research and many other fields.

Over the past few decades, the Department has developed a focus on the social history of Africa and her peoples, for which it has become renowned, as well as simultaneously maintaining a traditional expertise on world history. The History department offers a wide variety of units taught by some of the world’s leading Africanists and Europeanists.

Career Opportunities

  • History teacher
  • Historical conservator
  • Museum curator

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Global Encounters and Contemporary Realities
  • Social History of Technology 
  • History of Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • History of the United States 
  • South Africa before 1880 
  • Race, Class and Nation in Modern South Africa 
  • History of Sex 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

  • APS 34+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5
  • Wait-listing
  • Applicants with entry requirements of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • International Qualifications
  • English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2852 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2852 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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R 41000

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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