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History (Modern)

BA (Hons)

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UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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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 (from about 1700 to the present day), and how it was formed.

The ‘Modern History’ degree gives you an up-to-date and stimulating understanding of modern world history including aspects of British, Irish, European, Central Asian, American, South Asian and wider-world history. From empires to revolution, you’ll investigate themes from the Enlightenment to industrialisation, nationalism, Italian Fascism, the Soviet Union, World Wars I and II, right up to contemporary security, intelligence and humanitarian developments.

The role of history in schools, heritage and museums is also considered, including a History Work Placement opportunity.

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

Course content

In Year 1 you will study as part of a single group along with Modern and International History degree students. 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 global politics, the history of political thought, an introduction to British and American history, and modern ‘life stories’.

In Year 2 there are two core modules for Modern History: Interrogating the Modern and Advanced Historical Practice: The First World War. You will also be able to choose option modules (shared with Modern History degree), which draw on the combined expertise and extensive teaching experience of our history and politics team. You will be able to explore a diverse range of subjects such as the French Revolution and Napoleon, modern political thought, Ireland since 1800, the Soviet Union and its people, modern Italy, Gender history, End of Empire, History and heritage. There is also an optional History work placement module which gives you a unique chance to work with history teachers in secondary and primary schools, and professionals in museums and heritage.

In Year 3, your Dissertation will help you to develop your research, organisational and analytical skills which are much sought after by employers, combined with a further choice of option modules.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Modern World History
Consumer Society and the Industrial Revolution
International History in 20th Century
Life Stories in Modern Times
History of the USA 1776-1941
The USA and the World 1941-Present
History of Political Thought
Year 2 compulsory modules
Interrogating the Modern
Advanced Historical Practice: The First World War
Year 3 compulsory modules
Modern History Dissertation

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC



Graduates from our Modern History degree work in variety of fields, including:

  • Teaching – primary, secondary, further and higher education
  • Law – solicitor, barrister
  • Libraries, archives and records management
  • Public sector – local government, civil service, media and research
  • Private sector – management, media and research
  • Third sector – charities, non-governmental organisations, community advocacy
  • Governmental organisations
  • International organisations

Teaching and assessment


You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching on your course, including lectures, seminars, and tutorials. We also use a 2-hour workshop format which includes short lectures, individual and group tasks and then quick feedback about what has taken place.   You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and guided development of presentations to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, we focus on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge and analytical, critical and communicative skills. In our thematic and skills-based modules you will learn to reflect upon a wide range of approaches to the study of modern history, whilst our placement modules help you to understand how your subject knowledge and skills can be used in a range of different workplace settings.


History employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, research papers, e-learning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, class tests and oral presentations.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.


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 Lecturers, Senior Lecturers and Associate Professors with extensive teaching experience and research publications, and involvement with scholarly academic journals and professional History and Politics organisations and societies.

Dr Tony Craig
Dr Tony CraigAssociate Professor in Modern History

Tony's expertise is in Northern Ireland, intelligence and security studies, archive research, conflict resolution.

His research interests include Irish foreign policy, British foreign policy, intelligence history, 
terrorism, security studies and decolonisation.

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Dr Peter Lamb
Dr Peter LambAssociate Professor of Politics and International Relations

Peter’s teaching and research interests are in political thought and international thought, especially in the 19th and 20th century. He has published widely in these fields.

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Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape
Dr Fiona Robertson-SnapeSenior Lecturer International Relations

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Simon Smith
Dr Simon SmithAssociate Professor of Security and International Relations

Simon's expertise covers EU-NATO Cooperation, transatlantic security and European and US defence transformation.

His research interests include transatlantic security and reforming European defence and the defence and security implications of an independent Scotland.

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Dr Alun Thomas
Dr Alun ThomasLecturer in Modern European History

Alun's research interests cover the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and Central Asia; imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, refugeedom, itinerance; nomadism,nationalism, state-building, urbanisation, memory and patrimonialisation.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
16 September 2019

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