Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: V141
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Our Modern History degree will uncover new ideas about our past, and allow you to study in detail aspects of history from around the world.

Uncover and examine our past in order to understand our present and future. Our History degree offers two pathways that will challenge your preconceptions of the modern world and how it was formed.

The ‘Modern History’ pathway gives you an up-to-date and stimulating understanding of modern world history including aspects of British, Irish, European, American, South Asian and wider-world history. From empires to revolution, you’ll investigate themes from the Enlightenment to industrialisation and nationalism, fascism and the Holocaust.

If you are engaged by current and international events, the ‘Modern and International’ pathway lets you analyse contemporary issues from the post-9/11 transformation of the world, to conflict in the Middle East, to the economic, political and social impacts of globalisation.

We achieved 94% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2016) and 100% satisfaction for stimulating course content and staff teaching style.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) History (Modern)

Course content

Whichever pathway you choose, in Year 1 you will study as part of a single group. Through lectures and seminars you will develop your areas of interest and engage in debates with other students. Our academic team will introduce you to key concepts in modern world history and politics, the history of political thought and an introduction to British and American history.

In Years 2 and 3, you will be able to choose option modules, which draw on the combined expertise and extensive teaching experience of our history and politics team. Depending on your chosen pathway, you will be able to explore a diverse range of subjects from Nazi Germany, the French Revolution and consumer society, through to Intelligence Organisations, US Power and even the Italian Mafia.

In Year 3, your dissertation will help you to develop your research, organisational and analytical skills which are much sought after by employers. There is also an optional History work placement module which gives you a unique chance to work with professionals in museums and heritage sites or with history teachers in primary and secondary schools.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Please note - course content has not yet been confirmed for 2018/19. Full module details will published when available.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.