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Intellectual History with Year Abroad (Hons)

Queen Mary University of London

48 months
9250 GBP/year
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This Intellectual History with Year Abroad (Hons) programme at Queen Mary University of London gives you the exciting opportunity to study the history of ideas at Queen Mary – home to leading intellectual historians such as Quentin Skinner, Gareth Stedman Jones and Georgios Varouxakis.


Study how historical events shaped, and were shaped by, new ideas and influential thinkers.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to the practice of intellectual history, with a comprehensive module on the foundations of modern thought. You’ll cover key figures in the history of political thought and philosophy, from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century.

From your second year you’ll have the opportunity to personalise your degree. Choose from a vast range of modules covering political, philosophical and scientific ideas, from the Chartists and Suffragettes to Darwin and 20th century totalitarianism. In addition you'll have access to the full range of social, political and cultural history modules offered by our internationally renowned staff.

You can take this degree with a year abroad, immersing yourself in a different culture and society.

You can complete your Intellectual History degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Intellectual History BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.


As a history graduate, you can apply your degree knowledge directly to a career in museums, education or the arts and heritage sector.

Our Intellectual History with Year Abroad (Hons) graduates from Queen Mary University of London are also highly employable in other sectors and commonly enter roles in publishing, journalism, policy, consumer and social research, management consulting and the Civil Service – making use of skills gained from the programme, including verbal and written communication, research, critical analysis and attention to detail.

Recent graduates from the School of History have been hired by:

  • Bank of England
  • Croud Marketing
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Gillamor Stephens
  • J.P. Morgan
  • LexisNexis.

Programme Structure


  • History in Practice
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Intellectual History
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe 1000 - 1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • Controversies of Science and Technology in the Making of the Modern World

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
  • We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
  • Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
  • Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. 

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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