Undergraduate

History

Wars, revolutions, conflicts and diasporas, nations, empires, economies, environments, cultures, emotions and people – in history, there are no no-go areas and no questions off limits.
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Most History graduates find careers in which they can use their skills in research, critical analysis and written communication such as historical research and writing, teaching, journalism, librarianship and archival management, government agencies, museums, cultural heritage and tourism, business administration, politics and publishing.
Most History graduates find careers in which they can use their skills in research, critical analysis and written communication such as historical research and writing, teaching, journalism, librarianship and archival management, government agencies, museums, cultural heritage and tourism, business administration, politics and publishing.
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Career Opportunities

Further Study

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level and a range of vocational studies such as journalism, museum curation, archive management, cultural heritage and tourism as well as other postgraduate studies.
This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level and a range of vocational studies such as journalism, museum curation, archive management, cultural heritage and tourism as well as other postgraduate studies.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2021
$99,000.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

Historians use evidence from the past to ask fundamental questions about humanity. Through learning about the past, we illuminate the present. Studying history will immerse you in discovery, debate, discussion, understanding, surprise and awe, and it will require of you rigour, reason, questioning, imagination and passion. You will be part of the process by which humanity’s memory itself comes to be made.

About the course

Its scope spans millennia, its object of study is humanity, its sources are everywhere and everything. History’s endeavour is unashamedly vast, daunting and challenging. Studying history means learning how to learn about the past, it means engaging with its wonders and horrors, and it means joining in its telling and retelling. 
History

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-HISTY
CRICOS code
  • 003005D
  • 068916E
  • 107724H
  • 107579A
  • 003005D
  • 107577C
  • 107444E
History
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-HISTY
CRICOS code
  • 003005D
  • 068916E
  • 107724H
  • 107579A
  • 003005D
  • 107577C
  • 107444E
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWART
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

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You'll learn to

  • understand other times, societies and cultures
  • demonstrate an awareness of the world we live in, through reference to humanity’s past experience
  • demonstrate a knowledge of major historical developments in a range of times and places
  • identify main issues in complex historical material
  • critically evaluate differences and issues in others’ interpretations of historical events
  • describe and interpret evidence of past human experience, proposing explanations with reference to concepts such as power, myth, representation, culture, gender, race, colonialism and social structure
  • formulate logical arguments
  • conduct independent research, making use of historical resources
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the causes of historical change in a range of times and places

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Why study this course?

  • Learn about humanity's past
  • Discover, debate, discuss and understand the world’s history
  • Gain skills in research, critical analysis and communication applicable to a wide range of careers
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Hear about our major

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Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
Alumni Story

Dr Mathew Trinca

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Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia

Dr Mathew Trinca completed his Bachelor of Arts, with Honours in History at UWA and he still declares it was a tremendous experience, opening his eyes to thought and ideas that expanded his sense of the world and taught him how to think and argue his own ideas.

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