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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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 course is diverse, international in focus and innovative. We cover British, South Asian, European and American history and, more unusually for a degree course in the UK, also include photographic history, the history of sport and leisure, science, migration, ethnicity and racism, and employability.

Key features

  • Develop a wide range of transferable skills by learning how to absorb, understand and communicate complex information effectively.
  • Study a diverse and challenging 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, an award-winning visitor centre in England, and from teaching in Spain, among others.
  • Our graduates forge successful careers across a range of professions and with big names such as Silverstone, The Daily Express and The National Archives.
  • Enhance your studies through #DMUglobal, 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, and Central America.

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  • 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 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

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

We will normally require students to have had a break from education from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade 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
  • 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)

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 


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.


Facilities and features

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Opportunities and careers



This course gives you the option to enhance and build your professional skills to progress within your chosen career, through a placement. Our dedicated team offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future.

Students Kayleigh Cardy and Cory Hancock secured year-long placements as English language teaching assistants in Spain though DMU’s Erasmus+ programme. Kayleigh said: “It’s been so much more than a placement. I’ve travelled, I’ve learnt about a whole new culture and I’ve grown as a person. It’s highlighted what I can achieve when I set my mind to something and I feel better prepared for my final year of university as I’m more independent and confident.”

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 you can take advantage of 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.

Most recently, our second-year students visited one of the world’s leading cultural institutions, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. They listened to an inspiring talk from Mary Yearwood, the Director of Collections and Information services, who said: “History needs to be fought for so go find the unsung heroes and sheroes.”


Graduate careers

The History in the Workplace module prepares you to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in a variety of areas, such as working as an archivist in the National Archives, a reporter for the Daily Express, a university lecturer and a teacher for Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Graduates also have the opportunity to undertake further studies such as the History MA or the Sports History and Culture MA at DMU.

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Case study

"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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