Modern History


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  • Wide range of modules, focusing on lots of different places, themes, subjects and people,  from Bonaparte to Bowie, Haig to Hitler, and Robespierre to Reagan

  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise, such as commemoration of war, 1980s Britain and the cultural history of cities

  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials

  • Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests

  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects

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Take a Different Approach to Your Studies

Fancy studying another subject alongside Modern History?

We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in different subject areas. Modern History pathways include: Politics, Economics, Humanitarianism and Law, and International Development.

Modern History students are also encouraged to take modules in other subject areas, including: Medieval StudiesEnglishPhilosophyChinese StudiesInternational Development and Global PoliticsAnthropologyHeritage StudiesReligious Studies, and Archaeology.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: HU02
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The Modern History programme explores how societies and cultures change over time. It combines survey modules covering broad sweeps of history with focused, topic-centred modules. These modules are rooted in lecturers’ distinctive research interests and expertise. Students encounter a variety of themes, source materials and approaches towards thinking about the past.

In the first year, you will take a series of core modules which investigate key aspects of world history from the late 18th century onwards such as the French Revolution, European imperialism and the two world wars. These modules equip you with knowledge and skills required to undertake more specialist studies as your degree progresses.

Second- and third-year modules concentrate on topics such as the history of cities, the Enlightenment, the First World War, the legacies of the 1980s and Black Atlantic culture. Throughout these modules, you will examine how the past is represented in film, music and art, plus museums, archives and heritage institutions. You then get a chance to harness personal interests in independent projects and a final-year dissertation.

A distinctive feature of the Modern History programme is its eclecticism. Lecturers adhere to the principle that listening to the songs of David Bowie or watching a Hollywood movie can be as just as important to understanding the modern world as an examination of major figures such as Napoleon, Marx or Hitler.

Teaching is student-focused, and aims to maximise opportunities for students to come up with their own take on Modern History. Lecturers have experience of supervising dissertations on everything from Wellington’s battlefield tactics to terrorism and counterinsurgencies; from Prohibition-era gangsters to LGBT+ activism; from male suffragettes to horseracing celebrities; and from the workhouse to World War One hospitals.

Students are encouraged to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to history. You will be offered the chance to take modules in other subject areas such as Chinese Studies, Conflict and War, Heritage Studies, International Development and Global Politics, Religion and Theology, Archaeology, English Literature, and Anthropology. Equally, you will have opportunities to study a broader chronology through modules in the fields of Ancient History, Classics, and Medieval Studies.

Altogether, the Modern History programme gives students appreciation of the techniques and approaches of historians and other scholars, and a diverse, holistic understanding of the modern world.

Modern History modules offered in 2018–19 include:

  • Age of Revolution: Transformation and Change in Europe and Beyond, c. 1789–1848
  • Age of Extremes: A World at War, c. 1914–1991
  • Age of Empire: The Colonial Project and the Humanities
  • The Present Past: Heritage in Context
  • Warfare: Theory, Strategy and Ethics
  • In the Beginning was Napoleon: State, Economy and Nation-Building in Europe, c. 1815–1914
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding the Enlightenment
  • Britain and the Great War
  • How Soon Is Then? Thatcher, Reagan and the Legacies of the 1980s
  • Coketowns and Phoenix Cities: Urban Histories of Modern Britain and the United States
  • Urban Sounds and Visions: Cultural Histories of the Modern City
  • Routes and Roots of the Black Atlantic: Cultural Histories of the African Diaspora
  • A Sense of Place: Wales 1870–Present
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
  • The Political System of the People’s Republic of China
  • Using the Past to Serve the Present: History, Historiography and Heritage in the Chinese World
  • The Difference of Gender: Modernism and Women
  • Archives: Practice and Operation (Roderic Bowen Library and Archives)
  • Putting the Past to Work: Heritage-Led Regeneration and Place-Making
  • Exploring Muslim Societies in the Modern World
  • Islam in the West
  • The Modern Middle East: Religion, Culture and Politics
  • The Rational World: Enlightenment and the Novel
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Wide range of modules
  • Immersive block teaching
  • Taught by lecturers who research and publish in their chosen fields
  • Opportunities explore your favourite subjects and interests
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to studying and understanding the past
  • Eclectic approach to Modern History

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 analyses, book reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, 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 evidence-based argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. These skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management will provide you with a passport into employment and/or further study. Modern History equips students for jobs in fields such as museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching. At Lampeter, we have a strong track-record of helping students progress to postgraduate study in Modern History – both at MA and PhD level.

Career routes for Modern History graduates include:

  • Teaching
  • Local Government
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Law and advocacy
  • Business
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Academia

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700