The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
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 The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815 (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 our Themes and Areas 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
- Practising History (B): Approaches to History
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815
- Themes and Areas 1 (Module Outside Module Discipline)
Choose two modules from these three:
- Living in the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000
- War and Society
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 (Dissertation Preparation)
- History in Theory and Practice
- Group Research
- Option A (Autumn)
- Option B (Spring)
History in Public
Language module at an appropriate level
There may also be opportunities to take a substitute placement module: Professional Skills Module (please note: places are limited on this module)
You can choose to study a Year Abroad. This four year route offers you the additional educational benefit of a year of study in an approved University in Europe or in English speaking countries. Students with grades of 2.1 or above in their first year will be invited to apply for the Year Abroad in the first term of their second year and if successful, will go abroad in their third year. In addition to the tutor support given from the host University, students who choose to take a Year Abroad will be allocated a member of staff from the Department of History who will monitor their progress while overseas through regular contact.
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.
- Advanced Option A (Autumn)
- Advanced Option B (Spring)
- Special Subject