De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Exploring primarily contemporary and 19th and 20th century history, this course will hone your ability to absorb, understand and communicate complex information. While focusing on war and conflict, immigration, racism, nationalism and empire, you’ll explore, debate and evaluate the key events and ideas that have shaped our world. As you progress through the course, we’ll challenge you with more in-depth explorations, and the subject matter will become increasingly complex. Our History BA course is diverse, international in focus and innovative. We cover British, South Asian, European and African and North and South American history and, more unusually for a degree course in the UK, also include photographic history, the history of sport and leisure, war and conflict, migration, ethnicity and racism, and employability. Key features:

  • Develop a wide range of transferable skills by learning how to research and communicate complex information effectively.
  • Study a diverse range of topics including the Making of the Modern World, British India 1857-1947, and Newton to Nuclear – an introduction to the history of science.
  • Boost your career prospects through placement and internship opportunities – our students have gained valuable skills at a large regional newspaper, the award-winning King Richard III visitor centre in England, as well as teaching in Spain.
  • 100% of our graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report. They have forged successful careers across a range of professions such as teaching, the law, marketing and the heritage and museum sector.
  • Enhance your studies through DMU Global, our international experience programme. History students recently learnt about Jewish immigrant life in New York, discovered Danish heritage in Copenhagen and explored the development of German territories in Berlin.
  • Benefit from organised visits to archives and museums in England as well as learn about the history of other countries from lecturers’ geographical specialisations, including South and Southeast Asia, Southeast Europe, Central America and Southern and Central Africa.

Course details


First year: • Presenting and Representing the Past • The Making of the Modern World • Twentieth Century Europe • Modern Britain, 1760–2000 Second year: • British India 1857–1947 • Visualising the Modern World 1860-1950 (half-year option) • Newton to Nuclear – An Introduction to the History of Science • The Historian’s Craft: Sources and Methods in History • Mass Observing Britain in War and Peace, 1936-1951 (half-year option) • The Cold War • History in the Workplace • Unity and Diversity in the United States • History and Heritage (half-year option) • Sport and the British Empire (half-year option) • Histories of the Global South Third year: • Dissertation • Nationalism, Racism and Genocide in Twentieth Century Europe • Yugoslavia and Beyond • The Olympics (half-year option) • Photography and Conflict (half-year option) • The Sporting Body (half-year option) • Borders and Boundaries: Legacies of Colonial Rule: India and Pakistan since 1947 • Environment and Society in the Americas (half-year option) • Textual Studies Using Computers

Assessment method

Overview: Our teaching is interactive, informal and enjoyable. We encourage you to develop your own thoughts, ideas and viewpoints and you will build the skills you need to be effective in both historical study and the modern workplace. The modules are all designed to improve your skills as an effective historian from analysis and research to reasoning and evaluation. They are also constructed to help you develop aptitudes and characteristics that will improve your employability such as initiative, teamwork and communication. You will be taught by experts in their field, the people who are writing the books you are reading. Our history staff are renowned nationally and internationally for the quality of their teaching and research. We work hard to ensure that the student experience is lively, dynamic and stimulating, and regular guest lecturers and speakers address both curriculum-related topics and topics of broader historical interest. The curriculum for History at DMU is diverse, international in focus and innovative. We use a mixture of year-long and half-year modules to allow students to broaden out their studies and to experience a variety of different teaching methods, module structures and assessment patterns. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 9 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 28 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeV100
Institution code D26
Campus nameLeicester Campus
Campus codeY

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points - From at least 2 A Levels including grade C or above in A Level History - Five GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature
A level C - A* in History
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM including grade C or above in A Level History
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
History at De Montfort University - UCAS