History BA (Hons)

On this modern history course you will explore, debate and evaluate the key events and ideas that have shaped our world.

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Reasons to study History BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • 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
  • 95% of 2016 History graduates employed
    and/or in further study 6 months after graduation according to the National Student Survey, 2017
  • 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

Exploring primarily contemporary or 19th and 20th century history, the course focuses on important issues such as war and conflict, immigration, racism, nationalism and empire. As you move through the three years, you will study more specific topics and the subject matter will become increasingly complex. Taught by experts in their own field, you will expand and develop a wide range of skills and learn how to absorb, understand and communicate complex information.

If you are interested in learning about British, American and European History you will be well catered for. We are also proud to offer the opportunity to specialise in areas that are either unique or extremely uncommon in History degrees delivered in the UK. For example, our modules include; photographic history; the history of sport and leisure; South-East Asia and ethnicity/migration/racism; and history and employability.


Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

#DMUglobal High Flyers Award
Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

More courses like this:

History (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
History with Languages BA (Hons)

*Source: National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: V100

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2018/19: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels and including grade C in History or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and including grade C in A level History or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C  (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 level 3 credits at Merit in History and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Presenting and Representing the Past
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • 20th Century Europe
  • Britain in Transition, 1760–1939

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
  • History in the Workplace
  • Germany and World War Two
  • The Cold War: Themes, Issues, Controversies
  • Sport and Empire
  • Sport in Twentieth Century Britain

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • 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
  • Photography and Conflict
  • Jews in Twentieth Century Britain
  • Transatlantic Sport: Europe and the USA
  •  Indian Oceans – A History


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. Our research was rated 5th in the UK for its real-world ‘impact’ and 57% of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF2014).

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.


Facilities and features

Clephan Building

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty's Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



There are plenty of opportunities to undertake work experience or placements while studying at DMU. Unlike many other History degree courses, this can be done through the curriculum so that your time on placement counts towards your degree mark.

Our students also undertake work experience outside of their studies, such as acting as History mentors for GCSE students in local schools and colleges and working in local museums, archives, and libraries. These include: the King Richard III visitor centre, Leicester County Council photographic archives and Leicestershire Library Service.

Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York


This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

DMU History students have access to a wide range of international experiences that will complement their Historical studies through the #DMUglobal initiative. Previous visits have included Germany, United States and the Caribbean.


Graduate careers

History at DMU has very strong graduate employability rates.

The course equips you with excellent subject-specific skills, from analysis and research to reasoning and evaluation. You will also develop aptitudes and characteristics that will improve your employability such as initiative, teamwork and communication. In the second year, there is a specific module, History in the Workplace, which enhances your employability. You will have the opportunity to do a short work placement in a relevant industry (i.e. schools, museums, archives) and there are sessions designed to further enhance your job hunting skills such as writing CVs and covering letters, and preparing for interviews.

History undergraduate study prepares students for a wide variety of different occupations and professions. Many of our graduates have forged successful careers after studying with us. For example, we have graduates working for a major law firm in the City of London whose clients include Arsenal FC and the London Olympic Legacy group, an archivist in the National Archives, a reporter for the Daily Express, a university History lecturer and a teacher for Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Around 15 to 20 per cent of our graduates go on to pursue postgraduate study. Master’s courses in History, Politics and International Relations are particularly popular options, as are postgraduate teacher-training courses (PGCEs).

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"My course is fantastic in preparing me for many different possible careers, as it provides me with numerous skills such as the ability to work alone, or in groups, the ability to be analytical, and the ability to talk to people and carry out presentations" Charlotte, History BA (Hons)


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Dominic Sandbrook, a historian who has published widely on post-war Britain, has been a guest at De Montfort University’s acclaimed Cultural Exchanges festival.



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