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.

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

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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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 major. 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 your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

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

Course Credit Points
192
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

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.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

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

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2019
$161,600.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$164,800.00

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, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. 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.

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.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Uncover the deep causes of events such as the American Revolution or the First World War, and discover how women and men experienced the medieval world or the colonisation of Australia. History introduces you to the complexities involved in these pursuits and requires you to use both imagination and reason. You'll judge historical interpretations and pit your own interpretation against those of others.

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 2020
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
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
History
Status
  • Available 2020
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
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWART
  • UWBPH
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

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Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

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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.

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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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Study your passion alongside your interests – Do you love Marketing? Law? History of Art? Pursue a career while studying something else you love! Your second major can be from any other faculty across the university.
  • No additional time – Choosing two majors instead of one won’t add any additional time to your undergraduate degree. A standard bachelor degree consists of the same amount of units either way.
  • Discover what you want to do while you’re doing it – Not sure what career you want when you graduate? It’s very common for undergraduate students to be unsure. Choosing two majors in different areas will give you the opportunity to explore multiple interests and see what fits best. Majors can be switched until the end of your first year without adding any time onto your degree.

Check out the popular combinations for this major to get some inspiration on complementary areas to study.

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Alumni Story

Dr Mathew Trinca

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Dr Matthew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia

Dr Matthew 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.

Alumni Story

Dr Matthew 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.

Now the Director of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, his experience studying undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UWA were incredibly formative, and gave him the intellectual and professional courage to pursue a career in history and heritage.

“It was such a wonderful thing to be able to read and study extensively a breadth of ideas about History and human experience more generally. I also enjoyed being on [UWA’s] beautiful campus, working late in summer at the Reid Library and then walking through the grounds on a still night, and in taking part in the broader range of activities available on campus, such as going to the Somerville Auditorium during the Film Festival.

I cannot imagine having the role I have now without the foundational experience of studying at the University of Western Australia. The responsibility I feel to animate and give life to the nation’s history in a way that is accessible and useful for all Australians really stems from the sheer delight I had in my studies in History.

I feel so fortunate to have the position of leading the nation’s history museum, and in being involved in communicating what is important about living in this country, both to Australians but also to peoples in other countries round the world. I am especially proud of what the Museum has accomplished in recent years working to connect the long human history of the nation’s first peoples with the remarkable story of the making of our diverse national community today.”