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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

Reasons to study History (Joint Honours) 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
  • 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 DMU Global where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

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.  

If you are interested in learning about British, South Asian, European and American 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, history of science, history of migration, history of ethnicity and racism, and history and employability. In addition, our lecturers’ geographical specialisations include the history of South Asia, Southeastern Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia. 

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.

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 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

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.

History and Journalism
For more information visit Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

History and English
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.

 

 


Further Key Information Set information for other History (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Facilities and features

Clephan Building

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

Library

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

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.

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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, 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 DMU Global initiative. Previous visits have included Germany, United States and the Caribbean.

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Graduate careers

History at DMU has very strong graduate employability rates. 95 per cent of those that graduated between 2012 and 2015 were in work or further study six months after completing their degrees – 1.5 per cent higher than the average for all History University courses across the same period (Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2012-2015).

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.

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, 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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