Studying History at University | Hannah Witton


  1. Jordan Cook

    May 24, 2015 at 3:14 am

    As a Medievalist, I died a little bit when you said you hated medieval history. Gah.

  2. Nicole Lyka Calingasan

    May 24, 2015 at 5:14 am

    You made studying history so interesting!

  3. Mike The Stand

    May 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    History will hopefully answer the question , How did Barry Soetoro become the president of the USA.

  4. Corrie De Beer

    May 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Make sure to study hard because those who don't study hard for there history exams are doomed to repeat them.

  5. Holly Morris

    May 24, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    As someone who is currently studying computer science at the university of Birmingham I feel i must stress that if you are going to do any sort of Engineering or science degree that you must be prepared to work you arse off if you want a good grade. Even in first year. also be prepared to be so stressed when exams come around that you have a bit of a break down. I recommend you take up running or something (trust me it helps. You can literally run away from your problems then). The university is amazing though and they're building loads of new stuff at the moment. It's going to be amazing.

  6. ClaireBrit123

    May 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    This was super interesting as I almost studied History at Uni but chose Art School instead! I would love to know more about what you can take into later life from a history degree, eg what job does your friend do/ your other course-mates? xx

  7. Caroline Taylor

    May 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I'm studying History at Uni in September, but I'm finding A-Levels really difficult. I feel like it's not so much about what you know but how you write it in the essay. For example in my German essay if I don't have an 'integrated approach' I can't get past a level 3, despite how much I know and the general quality of writing. (which is very frustrating as I need an A!) Is this the case at Uni too?

  8. Aurelius Noble

    May 24, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I'm doing history at Leeds uni right now and it's really great, I'm also looking at doing my dissertation on China/India and Orientalism. I just did a module on sati on India and if you haven't looked into it I'd really recommend it, there's a lot of interesting intersection between imperialism, Orientalism, evangelicalism, Hinduism, Victorian protofeminism and feminism 🙂

  9. Victoria Daisy

    May 25, 2015 at 4:06 am

    you both look 12

  10. korokfairy

    May 25, 2015 at 4:52 am

    This was so insightful! I've been torn between English, History, or Classical Studies as my major recently, so this was really lovely to watch. It's helped! And you two are so passionate about what you're learning, I love it c:

  11. Anna Tamuza

    May 25, 2015 at 9:32 am

    What a lovely video this was! I can only hope I will be as excited and happy to look back at my uni years when I graduate! (plus all of the modules you mentioned sound crazy exciting, I'm a bit jealous)

  12. sallyrhiannon

    May 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I'm doing a BA History at the University of Essex at the moment, and I love it so much! So stimulating!

  13. Ally Sheehan

    May 26, 2015 at 5:38 am

    I couldn't take the eyes off the chocolate frog on your shelf. It's in the exact same spot on my exact same Ikea structure that mine is. YAY FOR HUFFLEPUFFS.

  14. Katarina Bergqwist

    May 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Almost wish I choose to study history instead of engineering now.

  15. Juliette Hamelle

    May 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I do the IB and the last thing you talked about with the little mermaid and truths is something we do in a class called TOK (Theory of Knowledge) – how do we know what we know sort of thing 🙂

  16. Wanda Kaminski

    May 28, 2015 at 2:38 am

    "MUST LEARN!" lol
    This was so interesting and entertaining to watch! As a high school senior (graduation is next week), I love that you touched on study skills and the different thinking used in some of the courses you took!

    Btw The Little Mermaid reference was genius and I understand what "post modern" means now that you used it!

  17. Rebecca Peace

    May 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hi @Hannah Witton my boyfriend works at Uni of Birminghami! 🙂 How did you manage youtube and Uni? I really want to pressure a creative career but I'm not sure if I should take a BA along side juggling youtube or take a year out and try to pursue my youtube with a job at the same time? Love your channel. Thanks! X

  18. Anna Lee

    May 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I studied History (World Wars specifically) in college and now I'm going to teach History in High School.  This video nailed my experience. I loved it so much! 
    I'm so glad you made this video. Absolutely loved it. I think a lot of people think History is boring and facts but it really isn't! Its about analyzing and critically thinking about a situation and understanding what was going on and how it affected the world and how it is still impacting us. 
    I'm so glad you shared that with your viewers!

  19. historymeg83

    June 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I was a history major in the U.S., and I'd agree with a lot of what you're saying.  I'm a little confused by your mention of "tutors", though.  We had graduate students who were teaching assistants, and they would frequently teach our classes, and I think they were eager to help us, but I didn't take them up on it as much as I should have.  Is that similar to your tutors?

  20. Rory Allen

    June 3, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Isn't it just a load of stuff that's already happened?

  21. MacMoustache

    June 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I was looking at the channels of the people who are going to summer in the city, and I found you that way 😀
    You're so cool!
    I love collabs, they're always the most fun! To watch, but also to make imo haha. Do you agree or do you prefer making videos yourself? 🙂 I'm interested haha

  22. zara cho

    June 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Hey, what did you do in Alevels? And what was your history grade?

  23. Millicent .Dodds

    June 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I just got my prospectus through from Birmingham university and I'm pretty sure you are on the history page – is it you? 🙂

  24. Faith Jones

    June 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I am taking GCSE history this year, and next year (Year 11) I'll be taking a thing called the Extended Project, which is basically just under AS, and I'm doing a dissertation. I wanted to do it on LGBT or history, or both. Do you have some tips for what to do and such?

  25. Brennan MacKinnon

    June 13, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Does Ellie have a YouTube channel?

  26. 666cornholio666

    June 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    OMG 10:20 the idea with the word document, I finished Uni in 2014 and wish I'd thought of that!

  27. Lucy Simpson

    June 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Birmingham have started showing this video on there open day history talk! It was really funny

  28. CaptainWendy _

    July 11, 2015 at 6:44 am

    If film making wasn't such a passion of mine, this video would've convinced me to do History

  29. TheRaindropDancer

    July 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Historiography. Necessary mindfuckery

  30. Tilly Bean

    July 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Wibbly wobbly timey Wimey stuff

  31. DSFPB

    August 3, 2015 at 2:26 am

    It is so true. Sitting down with your lecturer and bringing up a topic, they blow your mind and you come out in a sort of daze.

  32. Alison Jane

    August 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    i love history! i highly recommend checking out medievalpoc on tumblr, if you haven't already. it's bulldozed through a lot of the preconceptions i once held and expanded my mind/knowledge of history like WHOA.

  33. Ron Excalibure

    September 11, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Ellie needs a YouTube channel!!!

  34. Shaz Cheng

    September 22, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Love your videos Hannah 🙂 Hope I can give some advice too! If any students want to see the life of a MEDICAL STUDENT, please check out my vlogs xx

  35. liebekaese

    September 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    very interesting video =) i was never good at history, because i wasn't good at seeing the bigger picture and making connections… i guess i didn't even care enough to study all the facts xD but i'm very happy with medicine now… good thing we all have different interests

  36. Asad Ali Shah

    September 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    hay elli i am asad ali by name i tell u simple way to momrize the histry through your birth and childhood events

  37. giveintohappiness

    October 3, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I'm studying history in Austria and wow, there are a lot of similarities 🙂
    And I hate medieval history as well. So boring. (I love ancient history, though :D)

  38. Speed Racer

    October 6, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    well done

  39. Alexandra Bullard

    October 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Hannah, I am keen on studying history next year at university after I leave school (don't know which one yet) but I am worried about the step-up from A level history and the work load!! Do you have any tips about how to succeed your 1st year???

  40. Najmah Razak

    October 25, 2015 at 4:34 am

    The passion you guys have is inspiring. Yall make history sound so interesting, i'm sad that i am taking engineering 🙁

  41. Mark Coelen

    October 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Hannah is truly elegant

  42. punkrocker hippy

    November 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    This video has helped me so much! History has become my passion not only in school but in my everyday life. People have always dissuaded me from studying history further but this video has made me confident about my decision. Thank you guys so much, it's such a great feeling knowing that there are other people out there that enjoy history and learning so much! Xxx

  43. Rachael

    November 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I'm in my second year of a history and our lecturers tell us not to even use the word bias as everything is biased. Say why and what its bias is but seriously do not in seminars say something has a bias … you will get laughed at by the lecturers, it happened in my first seminar to someone!

  44. RaeRam14

    November 28, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Studying history in America is so different! Very interesting to learn about it.

  45. Elizabeth Barnard

    December 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I'm hoping to study English and I want to go to Birmingham bc the course and everything there is ajsdlkfajsdklfjaklsj

  46. EssiVids

    December 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Sounds a lot like literary studies actually

  47. SweetRubes

    January 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    under the sea

  48. ICouldn'tThinkOfAUsername

    January 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I wish more videos like this were made, it's helpful for us at sixth form/college

  49. Nadya Miroslavova

    February 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

    +Hannah Witton did you have interest in pursuing PhD (you or your friend) ? Why if yes or no? 🙂

  50. Malaikah Raja

    February 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I learnt more from this one video than i have in my first 2 terms at uni.

  51. King Wu

    April 5, 2016 at 3:47 am

    I study history too! and i would like to go for a Mphil degree in UK. do u have any suggestions?

  52. Caroline Harvey

    April 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    How much do you want Hannah to be your history teacher? she would be the best!

  53. Just Do It

    April 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    bout 90% of my uni grades are firsts and most of what these girls said is pretty much balls (i study history at bham) it's no different to a-level, in approach or difficulty.

  54. Ubaid Ullah

    April 25, 2016 at 4:37 am

    hahahahaha 😃

  55. Will Hughes

    June 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Don't know if you knew but I went to the History talk at Birmingham's open day and one professor showed this video

  56. amy harrison

    July 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Do you remember what you wrote for your personal statements?? Like how many books did you read etc?? Thanks!

  57. Ugunark

    July 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I loved this. Having the body language of friendship illustrated is super useful.

  58. Mario Maiakovisk

    July 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Under the sea hahahaha

  59. K. aratemaus

    September 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Very informative video =) and also …. thanks to the Doctor for this fantastic definition of time :))

  60. Caractacus

    September 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    You're both exceptionally eloquent. I don't think I'm going to be all that good at explaining myself at University. One of many fears.

  61. abbey grace

    December 30, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    What exactly is Hannah's degree?

  62. Hannah van Loon Carlson

    January 7, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Yay for Hannahs who are history majors! I got one 7 years ago and even still I use the tools I got from that every day. I feel like history majors really know how to research well and how to critically think.

  63. Guillermo Perrino

    January 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Hey Hannah. What did you after finishing your degree? I have just finished my degree in History as well, and I would like to study a postgraduate in UK? Is it difficult to study a Marketing Postgraduate (for instance) having studied History?
    Thanks for your videos! Keep it up!

  64. KiriBee

    January 10, 2017 at 6:40 am

    war history is written by the winners. think about that.

  65. art. airs

    January 26, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Amazing video! I'm also studying history but currently in a public university in south Brazil. There's a great diversity of themes here that i am really into, way beyond traditional ones. Hope the best for both of you !

  66. Archemedian Viktor

    February 5, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Hey this is for people who aren't on this video: FMRI PET scanner. Understand?

  67. Aswin Lal

    February 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Cannabis is been used in India like 4000 years back and now changed rules by US, what is this, does everyone live like the US does? its not the same everywhere. ands and means balance sheet is not zero

  68. Aswin Lal

    February 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Was plastic invented first or polio

  69. Aswin Lal

    February 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    completely objective from their perspective

  70. Aswin Lal

    February 7, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    High school I thought history was just to mug up names and I don't remember anything for long long time wow

  71. Aswin Lal

    February 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm


  72. Hannah Davison

    February 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    do u miss roosters and fab n fresh?

  73. MrFlaten92

    March 1, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I am studying History in Norway at the moment, really fun, but I cant decide what to write about for my Bachelor thesis, you have any good advice on how to choose the topic? My teachers want us to write about really local history, which dont interest me at all, so hoping for some good advice 🙂 And I wonder how long did you study history for?

  74. Pipo Mono

    March 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    i am studying history too with psychology and economics as side subjects i like it, i love it so fuck the people who are saying i wont find a job, theres always a way so shut your freaking mouth

  75. Jamie Reid

    March 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    "isn't History already known" is often questioned by English students who don't see the irony that they focus on either fictional books or Dickens and Shakespeare.

  76. ShWhoCa

    March 11, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I'm sorry (and this has probably been pointed out before) but as I am majoring Doctor Who in the School Of Life I feel I need to mention that it's "Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Whimey Stuff" not the other way around. Oh and I am majoring Art History in University.

  77. Berta axo

    March 13, 2017 at 8:04 am

    so exciting!

  78. Meg Buys

    March 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my goodness I want that Tudors class! O_O We didn't have that kind of option in my history department.

  79. Josh B

    August 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Just about to start year two, after the first year, I'm so glad I decided to study it!


    September 2, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    i'm studying History in Portugal! Hope yall like it as much as i'm liking it.

  81. ironeagle 145

    September 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Worthless degree

  82. luke dawson

    October 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    This is beyond moronic. One thing's for certain – don't apply to Birmingham because complete twits go there.

  83. EllieCeeJay

    October 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Considering I've actually applied for UoB now (History and English, Literature based), I feel like I actually can watch this video and count it as not procrastinating

  84. Bronte Rose

    November 20, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I desperately want to study history but I feel as though it will not be beneficial to my future. I’m not to keen on being a teacher or professor, what other career options are out there besides becoming a historian?

  85. linglingjr

    December 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    If this video was accurate, it would just be a compilation of you getting pounded by some guy you've known for less than a day, every single day. Prove me wrong.

  86. Emma Jones

    January 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I’m currently in second year in uni studying history and I was wondering if you could do a video on how you coped/dealt with your dissertation, how it came to picking your topic and how you went around doing it

  87. Σταυρος Χρηστ.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:22 am

    as a stemer (statistician)… I'd love to be served coffee by you girls ^_^

  88. Florida Girl

    February 4, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Do you think history is a good degree? Would you do it again? We’re you able to get a job?

  89. Lovely H.

    February 11, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I’m gonna guess you’re in the UK??

  90. Lissie Hickman

    April 26, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    History has always been my passion so I can't wait to go to uni and study it

  91. Rebecca L.T

    May 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    …………… wibbly wobbly timey whimey ………

  92. Rhiannon Leahy

    May 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I can't wait to go to university and study history😍

  93. Nurami Affan

    May 18, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    im in my final year at Uni , majoring in History and civilizations .basically we learn every civilizations in this world but after I watched your video I just found out that history is more than learning about the people of the past ,like Hannah is studying about Sexual history that's awesome and I really want to know more about that ,btw I love your video ,sending hugs from Malaysia 🙂

  94. Goldey

    August 24, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I see those LOTR books behind you. That’s how I know you’re trustworthy

  95. DarthMessias

    September 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    If you are going to study history, just remember to figure out what "products" you want to create with a history degree. Writing? Verbal communication (ex. teaching)? Websites?

  96. seqingnicole

    January 21, 2019 at 6:54 am

    ugh i love history i'm so glad i made the switch from political science to history, of which the former i pursued simply because it seemed that opportunities will be better with it

  97. Tammy M.B.

    May 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Thank you for the video. I know it's been a few years. I'm really scared and indecisive about post-secondary options because even though I love history, will it be beneficially for me? People are also saying a history degree is useless in obtaining a financially-secure job but I think I just have to go for it. Debt or no debt, I don't want regrets, as naive as that sounds.

  98. Bob Stephens

    July 2, 2019 at 12:34 am

    What are exams like? Are they similar to A-level?


    October 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I wanna become a historian when I older so this really helped and I am very passionate with my history so thanks

  100. BriansWrld

    October 21, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Did u get jobs??

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