De Montfort University

History and Politics De Montfort University Degree level: Undergraduate


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This is a dynamic modern History course which is taught by leading scholars specialising in British, European, Colonial and World History; the very people who are writing the books on which our course is based. The Joint Honours course in History allows you to combine two subject areas giving you a broader feel of the specific area within History. The course begins by looking at the general outline of modern History since the late eighteenth century and progresses over the course of three years to more specialised research based modules. You will improve your historical knowledge and understanding to a high level and develop key transferable skills that are vital to the modern workplace. We offer the following joints with the History course: History and International Relations: LVF1, History and Politics: LV21, History and Journalism: PV51, History with French: V1R9 and History with Mandarin Chinese: V1T1.

Modern and contemporary
history is the key focus of this course
DMU is ranked in the Top 5 for History in the UK
for ‘overall student satisfaction’, according to The Guardian University Guide 2018
Opportunities to specialise
in British, European, American and South Asian history, photographic history, sports history and immigration/ethnic history
Learn from international researchers
who utilise innovative teaching methods and teach using the latest learning technologies
International opportunity
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Course details


First year
• Presenting and Representing the Past
• The Making of the Modern World

Second year
• The Historian's Craft
• Dissertation Preparation
• Visualising the Modern World
• British India, 1857-1947
• The Transformation of Modern Britain since 1939
• Englishmen and Foreigners
• Unity and Diversity in America
• Germany and World War Two
• The Cold War: Themes, Issues, Controversies
• Sport and Empire
• Sport in Twentieth Century Britain

Third year
• Dissertation
• Transatlantic Sport: Europe and the USA
• Nationalism, Racism and Genocide in 20th Century Europe
• Yugoslavia and Beyond
• The Olympics
• The Sporting Body
• Rural Britain
• American Presidency
• Borders and Boundaries: Transformation of India and Pakistan
• Jews in Twentieth Century Britain
• Photography and Conflict
• Indian Oceans – A History

Assessment method

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.

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.

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 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 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

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code LV21
Institution code D26
Campus name Leicester Campus
Campus code Y

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further 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 A* - C 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 £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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.

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