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.
In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in History and half in Theology and Religion (60 credits).
History: The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner. You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods. You can choose two out of these five modules, one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term: Discovering the Middle Ages, Living in the Middle Ages, The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815, The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000, War and Society (20 credits per module). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn semester) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring semester), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
Theology and Religion: Your first year lays foundations and introduces you to areas that you can explore in depth later. There are three core courses, which provide introductions to Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, and the Study of Religion. Optional courses include introductions to Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism, to the study of the Holocaust and to the Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek languages.
History: The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in a Group Research module in the Autumn Term and extend your historical knowledge through a subject-specific module chosen from a wide range available from Option B in the Spring Term. You can then choose one of the following 20 credit modules: History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (please note this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year) and may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited).
Theology and Religion: Here you have more freedom to choose your own subjects for study. These range from the study of the Bible or the Qur’an, to the philosophy of religion, and religion, society and politics.
History: The third year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module, which is chosen from a variety of available subjects. You can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History dissertation (20 credits)
Theology and Religion: Again, you have an extensive range of modules from which to choose and can choose do to a dissertation in Theology.
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 asked 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.