Frequently Asked Questions - History

Your most common questions answered.

Why study history at Chester?

Chester is an exciting place to study History- a Roman and medieval town with a key role in the Civil War that remains the capital of Cheshire. We are a small friendly, department in a historic city.

What can I study?

History modules at Chester start with a survey of European history from the fall of Rome to the present day. You will develop key research skills by solving a historical mystery and develop your knowledge of historical theories. You will also be able to choose from optional modules that cover a range of periods and topics.

In your second year you will begin to focus more on specific regions and periods. You will choose from a range of modules as diverse as the Anglo-Saxons to the political history of the United States. You will sharpen your knowledge of key historical debates ranging from the fall of Rome to the present day. In addition you will undertake a work placement or historical research project which will prepare you for your dissertation.

In your final year you will participate in a Special Subject which focuses in depth on a historical issue or region and its primary source material. You will choose from a range of modules from the medieval to the modern based on the research expertise of the staff in the department. You will also undertake and complete your dissertation, supervised by staff on a research topic which will demonstrate the research skills you have acquired during your career as a historian at Chester.

Can I get practical experience of working in history?

Sure can. The department has close relations with the local record office, Chester and Cheshire Archives, as well as the county Military Museum, the National Waterways archives at Ellesmere Port and the St. Deiniol's research library at nearby Hawarden. Students have undertaken research projects at all these places and more.

What specialist courses can I do?

Our lecturers are experts on a wide range of topics. You can study England's Norman kings or America during the Cold War. Courses also cover the Crusades, the Wars of the Roses, riots and popular protest, the English revolution, the making of Britain, Germany between the world wars and twentieth century Ireland. If you want to, you can concentrate on medieval history. For those who prefer something more modern, you can focus very much on the twentieth century. It's up to you.

I left school years ago and I'm worried about going back to study. Also, I'm not sure I have the qualifications I need to start a degree course. Any advice?

We have students of all ages and from all sorts of backgrounds. We work hard to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. Small group work and discussion sessions will help you integrate so you don't feel lost in the crowd. In fact, we often find that mature students really blossom when they come here to study. There's a helpful atmosphere in the department that you should come and experience for yourself, either at an open day or less formally. If you want to know more, give us a call. Some people might need to do what's called an Access course before they start. There is also a very active History, Archaeology and Heritage Society run by students for students. It helps students to get together outside the classroom. The society also organises weekends away and social events. The University of Chester provides additional guidance and support through a range of services to help you get used to being a student.

I'm really into history and already think I would like to study it further. Can I do this at Chester?

Many people would say 'walk before you try to run', but we think it's a positive thing that you are so keen. We run a Master's degree in Military History and our staff supervise research students right the way through to PhD level. A History degree at Chester could be the start of something beautiful for you...

What are my career prospects?

As a History student you receive an intellectual and practical skills training that helps you develop an analytical mind and become a critical reader of evidence. Historians have the ability to think critically and are able to construct arguments and knowledge.

Your degree gives you skills for the world of work, presentations, write reports, reviewing books. You will learn how to work in a team, develop problem solving, communication and written skills. These are all things employers value.

Our graduates go on to a broad range of careers, business, administration, management, journalism, public relations, the arts, heritage industries and teaching.