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History (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

On this modern history course you will explore, debate and evaluate the key events and ideas that have shaped our world, and also combine these studies with International Relations or Politics.

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Overview

The curriculum for History at DMU is diverse, international in focus and innovative. Exploring primarily contemporary and 19th and 20th century history, this course will hone your ability to absorb, understand and communicate complex information. 

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. 

We use a mixture of year-long and half-year modules to allow you to broaden out your studies and to experience a variety of different teaching methods, module structures and assessment patterns. As you progress through the course, we’ll challenge you with more in-depth explorations, and the subject matter will become increasingly complex. 

At DMU, you can study History and Politics or History and International Relations as a joint honours course. You will choose 50% of your options from History and 50% from Politics or International Relations.

Key features

  • Specialise in distinctive areas such as photographic history, history of sport and leisure, war and conflict, migration, history and employability, ethnicity and racism.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from being taught by renowned experts, as well as take part in organised visits to archives and museums such as the National Archives in London.
  • Develop transferable skills by learning how to research and communicate complex information effectively and then put this into practice through a placement. Previous students have gained experience at a large regional newspaper, the award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre, and taught in Spain.
  • 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.

Scholarships:

DMU Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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

More courses like this:

History and other Humanities courses
International Relations (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Politics (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

History and:

  • International Relations: LVF1
  • Politics: LV21 

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 

History and Politics BA (Hons)
History and International Relations BA (Hons)

  • 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 Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

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

Second year

Students choose two year-long History modules, or the equivalent made up of a mixture of the full and half-year options listed below.

  • British India 1857–1947
  • Visualising the Modern World 1860-1950 (half-year option)
  • Newton to Nuclear – An Introduction to the History of Science
  • The Cold War
  • Mass Observing Britain in War and Peace, 1936-1951 (half-year option)
  • Unity and Diversity in the United States
  • History and Heritage (half-year option)
  • Sport in the British Empire (half-year option)
  • The Historian’s Craft: Sources and Methods in History (Compulsory for joint honours students wishing to do a History dissertation in third year).

Third year

Students choose two year-long History modules, or the equivalent made up of a mixture of the full and half-year options listed below.

  • 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 

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

History and Politics
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.

History and International Relations
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.

 

Facilities and features

Library and learning zones

The 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. Our extensive online collection of resources, e-books and electronic journals 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. In addition, we 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

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. 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 a way that 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

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Placements

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.”

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global 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.”

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Graduate careers

The History in the Workplace module offers work experience opportunities and general awareness of History related careers and employment, and prepares you to improve your employability skills. Our graduates have gone on to forge successful careers in various professions, such as in teaching, law, public relations, marketing, journalism, civil service and the heritage and museum sectors. Graduates also have the opportunity to undertake further studies such as in History MA or the Sports History and Culture MA at DMU.

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