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Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

This online or on-campus Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice from the University of New England (UNE) offers you the chance to train as a professional historian and gain the skills to critically evaluate and interpret the world around you.

With the opportunity for historians to apply their skills to a variety of other professional disciplines, this course will enable you to tailor your studies by combining your history units with those from another discipline of your choosing - for example, social history and criminology, national history and languages or cultural history and music.

You'll graduate with the ability to examine, interpret and evaluate texts, setting you up to pursue employment in a range of fields.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Advanced Diploma in Arts or the Advanced Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or partially completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English; studies in history are recommended.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this history course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • What is history?
  • The historian
  • History: uses and abuses
  • Researching and applying history
  • Special option D

Listed units:

  • Introduction to Ancient Greece
  • Archaeology: principles and practices
  • Medieval Europe
  • Colonial Australia
  • Asian Pasts
  • Learning life-long academic skills
  • Colliding worlds
  • The art of good thinking
  • Archaeology in the field
  • Local and community history
  • Heritage conservation
  • The family in history
  • Oral history
  • The ancient world
  • Australian history
  • Economic history
  • European history
  • History, society and culture
  • History, writing and communication
  • Religious history
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice from the University of New England.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem-solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Writer
  • Historian
  • History Teacher

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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