History with Maritime History

BA Hons

  • UCAS: V1VA
  • Typical length: 3 years


Note: This course will not be offered from 2015 entry.

Hull is the only university in the UK to offer an undergraduate course in maritime history. This exciting subject focuses on the use of the sea for purposes of war, exploration, food and fuel extraction, recreation and the transport of goods and people.

Studying History with Maritime History allows for a detailed understanding of maritime topics, as well as a broader overview of historical topics and periods, giving you a unique and well-rounded knowledge base. Studying topics such as the Vikings, the Age of Discovery, Atlantic piracy, seafaring in the age of Nelson, the slave trade and the particular cultures of ports and seaside resorts, you will adopt a novel and illuminating perspective on the historical process – a view from the sea.

The department is one of the country’s leading centres for maritime history. The Maritime Historical Studies Centre is located in Blaydes House, which originally belonged to the merchant who commissioned the Bounty (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame). Blaydes House provides office space as well as research and conference facilities for the department’s maritime historians and researchers.

Aside from core modules such as Exploring the Past or Representing the Past in Film, you are free to select a mix of modules relating to different eras, regions or topics. Choice is one of the key attributes of the course. While a variety of innovative, challenging modules are offered to first-year students, the range of options is more extensive in Years 2 and 3.

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Modules are spread across the three-year course and include Piracy and Privateering in the Atlantic Economy; Raiders, Traders and Crusaders; Britain and the Slave Trade; and After Nelson. Core history modules include Representing the Past in Film and Exploring the Past. You will also be given a choice of further modules. In Year 3 you can undertake a research-based dissertation on a related topic of your choice.


  • Three A levels: 300 tariff points
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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The University of Hull has a unique working relationship with local history connections. The Hull History Partnership is made up of a number of staff in the History Department, several staff of the Hull History Centre (Archives) and several participating History teachers from local schools and colleges. There have been a series of early projects that have primarily focused on providing internships for History undergraduate students at the Hull History Centre.

Originally formed in 2009, the initial aims of the Hull History Partnership were to promote and enhance the History teaching and learning experience across the Sixth Form and Higher Education sectors in Hull and the East Riding. The idea was to provide training routes to and opportunities for young people wishing to develop careers in History teaching, archives and heritage work, research in universities, and work on public and community History projects. The project aims to provide mentoring for sixth-form History students to facilitate their smooth transition to the expectations of university study and to support Hull University undergraduate students as they build their curriculum vitae for employment.

In 2010 the Hull History Partnership was awarded a teaching development grant by the Higher Education Academy to further its work in enhancing the learning and teaching of History in Hull and the region. The partners are focusing their energies on the employability of History students at all levels from sixth form through to postgraduate. Recent developments include:

  • Embedding the undergraduate internship scheme in the curriculum of the History Department through the development of an Applied History module for students in the final year of their History degree; 
  • An AS Level work placement scheme for school and college pupils run by the History Department and designed to enhance individual History UCAS applications for university entrance; 
  • Lecture podcasts for use by schools, colleges and the local community.


Hull has a distinguished track record in the area of graduate employability. The latest Higher Education Statistics Agency figures report that 90% of full-time students obtaining a degree from the University either find employment or progress to further study within six months of graduation.

Employers value the training provided by a degree in history. The ability to analyse complex and often conflicting information and to present clear and coherent conclusions in writing or in seminar presentations and discussions involves skills that are readily transferable to most areas of work. These are skills that do not lose their value with changes in fashion and technology. Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as: archiving, accountancy, auditing, broadcasting and television, journalism, local government, publishing, and managing and marketing.

The search for employment is aided by the support of an excellent Careers Service, available to you before and after graduation.

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