University of East Anglia
American History BA (Hons)
University of East Anglia

Key Course Facts

Course Description


Understanding the history of the world’s foremost superpower at this fascinating moment of crisis and change is more essential than ever. 

On this four year course, which includes a year abroad, you’ll explore America’s emergence as a world superpower and its influence on global culture. You’ll follow the American story from the Revolution through the years of slavery and Civil War, the conquest and settlement of the West, and the development of modern society. You’ll explore Native American history, the world of enslaved communities in the Old South, the struggles of Black civil rights activists, and the crucial decisions of presidents who, by the atomic age of the Cold War, held the fate of humanity in their hands. By the end of your degree, you’ll not only know the history of America in depth, you will also have a keen understanding of the way our world has been shaped by this nation. 

About This Course

You’ll develop your skills as a historian through comprehensive study of one of the most intriguing and influential nations in the world.  You’ll have the chance to study with internationally renowned academics working in Native American, African American, gender, and diplomatic history. You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of the founding of the American nation, Indigenous history and culture, the workings of the US government and legal system, and Black freedom struggles, as well as the Cold War and America’s role in the world. 

You’ll also gain first-hand experience of the US by spending your third year there before returning to UEA to complete your degree in your fourth year. Or you could add a comparative dimension to your understanding by studying in Canada or spending one semester of your year abroad in Australia, New Zealand, or Hong Kong and the other semester in the US. 

Whichever path you choose through your studies, this degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how America has shaped and been shaped by the world around us. You’ll learn about the relationship between culture and politics, while gaining an in-depth knowledge of the forces that transform societies and forge nations. An American History degree will not only provide you with the analytical tools to better comprehend the United States, but also to grapple with the key political issues that shape our society today. 


Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 86 graduates of American History BA (Hons) at University of East Anglia for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in American History.

Overall student satisfaction
82 /100
86 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.


Salary of Graduates of American History BA (Hons) at University of East Anglia

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of American History BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21000 £22500 £27500
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £18000 - £27500 £22000 - £33000

Salary of all UK Graduates of American History

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22063 £21803 £26099
25-75 percentile range £18563 - £26166 £16642 - £27566 £19512 - £33700

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of American History BA (Hons) at University of East Anglia

22% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Teaching Professionals
11% Elementary occupations
7% Administrative occupations
6% Sales occupations
6% Artistic, literary and media occupations
4% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
3% Finance Professionals
3% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
3% Customer service occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

including History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, English Literature or Sociology.

including History

including 12 credits in a History-related module. Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other relevant pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.

including History

including grade 5 in Higher Level History or Global Politics.

alongside grade B in a History related A-level. Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.

Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email [email protected]

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join American History, BA (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of East Anglia is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees American History BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £17100 year 1
International £18000 year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of East Anglia in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of East Anglia in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #21 
    • #24 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #25 
    • #29 
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #21 
    • #109 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #24 
    • #151 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

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About University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a government funded research university located in Norwich, England. The university operates from a single campus site which includes the Norwich Research Park and the Bob Champion Research and Education Building, as well a 24-hour library, a concert and gig venue, and the on-campus accommodation.

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Where is this programme taught

Campus A
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