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History (Modern)

BA (Hons)

94% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2017

Easy to personalise

Choose modules which suit you in years two and three

Expert teaching staff

The team’s knowledge and experience is closely matched to the course

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 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 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.

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 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 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
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
  • 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, elearning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, 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 Student Enabling Centre supports 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. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


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.

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 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)
17 September 2018

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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