Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Much of your first year will be spent acquiring a general overview of the medieval, early modern and near contemporary past. The ‘Practising History’ module (20 + 20 credits) introduces you to the key skills you’ll need to study History at degree level. All this will help you make more informed decisions about subject choices in years two and three. Broader survey modules help you to familiarise yourself with history. Discovering the Middle Ages and Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: The Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits each) explore fundamental themes and issues focused on the key periods concerned and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. In the Spring Term, you can choose two from three further survey modules, Living in the Middle Ages, The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000 and War and Society (20 credits each). You also have a free choice of a Module Outside the Main Discipline in the Widening Horizons module from a wide range offered by the University, and if your choice is to study a language other than English, this can enhance your opportunity to study documentary evidence in a different language in your second and third year.
- Practising History (A): Skills in History (20 credits)
- Practising History (B): Approaches to History (20 credits)
- Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: The Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits)
- The Making of the Contemporary Modern World 1800-2000
- Living in the Middle Ages
- War and Society
- Widening Horizons (Module Outside the Main Discipline)
In each term in your second year you will have a choice of around 15 0ptions to choose from (Option A and B, 20 credits each). You will also start preparatory work for your final-year dissertation; selecting a topic, assessing its feasibility and engaging in preliminary discussions with potential supervisors. The Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) module (20 credits) gives you first-hand experience of the work of a historian as you learn to identify and frame a valid, intellectually coherent research for your dissertation. The module History in Theory and Practice (20 credits) gives you an overview of the evolution of history writing and an introduction to key issues confronting historians today, which you will find helps you reflect on your own historical research. The Group Research module (20 credits) provides students with an exciting opportunity to work in groups to design and execute a collaborative research project. The aim is for students to gain experience in the process of historical inquiry and develop their research skills in a supportive environment in advance of individual work for dissertations. You then choose either the History in Public module (20 credits) or a Language module at an appropriate level (20 credits) or there may also be opportunities to take a substitute placement module called Professional Skills (please note: places are limited on the Professional Skills module).
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
- Group Research (20 credits)
Choose 20 credits from the following:
- History in Public (20 credits)
- Professional Skills module (20 credits)
- Language module at an appropriate level (20 credits)
Choose 40 credits from the following:
- History Option A - Autumn (20 credits)
- History Option B - Spring (20 credits)
With the approval of the programme leader, students may also take an approved module or modules offered by a School or Department other than History in place of one or other, or both, of Autumn Option – History and Spring Option – History (20 or 40 credits)
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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In your final year you will have some 20 Special Subjects to choose from (20 + 20 credits), ranging from the early medieval period almost up to the present day, and covering a wide range of British, European and Global areas. You will approach the particular subject of your choice not only through reading, but also by intensive study of original documents. There are also a wide range of final-year options (Advanced Option A and B, 20 credits each) to choose from in each of the Autumn and Spring terms.
For most students, the real centre-piece of the final year is their dissertation – a piece of extended writing on a subject of your choice and which requires significant use of archival and other primary source materials. For your dissertation, you will receive one-to-one consultation sessions with an academic supervisor, who will comment and advise on your drafts.
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- History Special Subject: Sources (A) (20 credits)
- History Special Subject: Essays (B) (20 credits)
- Autumn Advanced Option – History (20 credits)
- Spring Advanced Option – History (20 credits)
With the approval of the programme leader, students may also take an approved module or modules offered by a School or Department other than History in place of one or other, or both, of Autumn Advanced Option – History and Spring Advanced Option – History (20 or 40 credits)