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BA History and American Studies
Combine a specialist study of the United States with a range of diverse historical periods.

BA History and American Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer
AAB to include Grade A in History. Two Grade A AS levels may be accepted in place of one A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall (core points accepted), including 6 or 7 points in three Higher level subjects, one of which must be History

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants


How to apply
Apply through UCAS
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
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Course description

The BA (Hons) History and American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree course which offers students the opportunity to combine study of the history, literature, film, politics and popular culture of the United States with the opportunity to study diverse historical periods and cultures, whilst developing your own research and analytical skills to a high level.

In the first year of study you will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad for one semester in your second year (there are also a limited number of year-long spaces at the University of California). The study abroad programme requires that students achieve a strong academic average of 60% (or 2:I) in their first year. Our exchange partners include the University of California, Arizona State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Toronto and Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Please note that the University of California is one of our most popular (and therefore competitive!) destinations. This means that you have to perform exceptionally well during your first year - only the strongest students will be awarded a place at California as it is a very academically-challenging environment.

In the second year there are three possible pathways that students can follow:

  • - Study at the University of Manchester for the whole year
  • - Study at the University of California for the whole year (places are limited)
  • - Study at the University of Manchester for the first semester, then successful study abroad applicants spend the second semester studying at a range of selected institutions in the United States, Canada or Europe

Students who are not selected for the study abroad programme or those who choose to remain in Manchester will select from a range of courses covering American History, literature, film and politics.

Further information about our North American partner universities can be found here: .

 Further information about our European partners universities can be found here: .

Open days

If you apply to us and receive an offer, you will be invited to one of the subject visit days.


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £15,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Sian Moseley
(00 44) (0)161-275 3107
(00 44) (0)161-275 3098
Academic department overview

See: About us

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