BA Modern Historical Studies
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The programme offers the opportunity to explore various political, social, military and cultural aspects of the modern period. It combines broad-based studies (Modern America, 1776-2009: Modern Britain, 1782-1997), covering several centuries and across different continents, with more focused modules that examine historical events and developments in greater depth (Terrorism, The Bomb, the Great War).
We root our teaching in documentary source materials, field trips, visits to archives and record offices, in addition to the tutor’s own research experiences. This all provides for a fully rounded programme of study which grounds students in the requisite methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.
Take a Different Approach to Your Studies and Take a Pathway
We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in the following subjects alongside this degree programme:
The Modern Historical studies programme can offer a range of modules which cover broad sweeps of modern History allowing students to consider how societies alter and change, the long term impact of war, economic upheaval and political radicalism, and the rise and fall of great powers. In addition the programme offers modules based upon depth, drilling down into events and moments of seminal change (the Great War, Genocide in C20th, Terrorism, the Irish Question).
In the first year, you will be introduced to new areas of study through an examination of various historical case studies and exploration of the historic environment, field trips and research projects, and by investigating how the past is captured, made and communicated through visits to archives or museums or analyses of film, TV and other media. In the second and third years, you will deepen your knowledge of the past through a combination of wide ranging modules, that survey long periods of time, and more focused, topic-centred specialist modules.
This combination is extensive and covers all interests and preferences from, for example, studies of modern America, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the Holocaust to Post-War Britain.
- Britain and the Great War
- An Introduction: from the French Revolution to the Holocaust
- Modern America, 1776-2009
- History and theory of Genocide
- Modern China: Rise of a Superpower
- The Irish Question: from Parnell to the Troubles, 1885-1998
- Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy, 1789-1945
- The Bomb: a Nuclear History
- History and theory of Warfare
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in historical research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
- You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.
- Teaching/ education officer
- Local Government, community, local politics
- Law and advocacy
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
- General administrative and management posts; civil service
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page