BA (Hons) History and the Modern World

History and the Modern World at Winchester focuses on a variety of modern histories across different geographical and methodological perspectives. It explores a rich range of historical events and cultures from around the globe that have influenced the modern world, such as the slave trade, The Holocaust and Soviet Communism.
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BA (Hons) History and the Modern World at University of Winchester

UCAS code: V191

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A* - C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Economics, Politics, English

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details click here

Additional Costs:

Mandatory

  • Books:  Some modules require students to have access to books with an approximate cost of £100 if bought new over the course of a year (but texts can often be purchased at considerably reduced rates second hand). Mandatory modules might also require some core texts.  Cost £150 per year.
  • Printing: Students will be required to cover the cost of printing hard copies of assignments for submission, although the university is moving towards online submission. Students may also need to pay for poster printing on some modules and they will have to pay dissertation printing and binding costs in Year 3. Printing costs would be approximately £30 per year for assignments, £10 for posters in Year 1 and £5-£10 for dissertations, depending on the number of colour pages students decide to use.

Optional

  • Dissertation work: Students working on dissertations in Year 3 may incur costs (mainly travel) of visiting archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. This would typically involve either travel to a local archive (e.g. Southampton, Portsmouth or further afield if the student chooses to study a locality away from Winchester) or a national archive, usually in London (TNA, British Library, Women's Library, etc.). If the dissertation work is based in Winchester then costs will be far less.
  • Field Trip: Optional week long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Costs vary between £300-£700.
  • Placement: If students decide to complete an optional History Work/Volunteering Placement it may incur travel costs, which are dependent upon where the student undertakes the placement (if local it may be zero, but costs go up when public transport is used to travel). Students will have a say in where their placement is located. £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.

*If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact the programme for more details- history admin@winchester.ac.uk

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):  

USA; Europe (Bulgaria) via Erasmus

Work placements/field trips:

Previous students have secured placements with The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and the British Museum. Students may also take part in trips to France, Spain or Poland to visit sites of former concentration camps in Krakow and Oswiecim.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

There is a student-led History society which organises trips to sites of historical interest and talks by a variety of academic speakers.

Student satisfaction:

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, History and the Modern World achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation'  is the process by which the University  refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

In Year 1, you are introduced to the study of history at degree level where you encounter different aspects of history, both chronologically and geographically, and explore a variety of historical periods and cultures from Britain and around the globe, including Asia, Europe, and the Americas, from the early modern period to the present day. It explores the nature of history as a discipline, its changing assumptions, methods and definitions, and the current concerns of historians.

Study focuses on different approaches, the acquisition of research skills and knowledge that forms the basis of more specialised study in Years 2 and 3. Transferable skills that are developed include undertaking oral presentations, both as part of a group and individually, which sit alongside essays, examinations and shorter assignments like the creation of posters and blogs. You choose from a range of optional modules in Year 2 that focus on the Modern World and either how to use original documents or how to explore, through thematic approaches, continuity and change over a long period of time.

In Year 3, optional modules take the form of Depth Studies and Comparative Studies. An understanding of methodology is developed by Depth Studies, which establish a comprehensive knowledge of a particular period by evaluating the use of primary and secondary sources and any issues associated with them as evidence. An area of historical concern across more than one country and culture is examined by Comparative Studies.

Year 1

Mandatory modules 

  • Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History
  • Perspectives on the Past, Part I
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project
  • Perspectives on the Past, Part II

Optional modules

  • Introductory Study: The United States
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Introductory Study: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837
  • Introductory Module: Europe in Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914
  • Introductory Module:  Modern Europe, 1789-2001
  • Introductory Module:  Seventeenth century England
  • Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange
  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain
  • International Introductory Module: Origins of Greek Civilisation: from Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (2000-600 BC)
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c.800 - c.1200)
  • Introductory Study: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-814CE)

Year 2

Mandatory modules 

  • Reading History
  • Practising History

Optional modules  

  • Independent Study Module
  • Work Placement
  • Group Project
  • Field Trip
  • Volunteering in History
  • The Golden Age of Spain
  • Political Medievalisms
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558
  • The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • Enlightened Absolutism in East-Central Europe, 1740-1790
  • Victorian Culture and Society
  • Imperial Japan
  • The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947
  • The American South 1865-1970
  • Edwardian Britain
  • Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain
  • The Kinks: English Culture and Identity from the Post-War through to the 21st Century
  • Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England 
  • Exploring Past Localities
  • Age of Discovery
  • The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries)
  • American Slavery
  • Reactions to Poverty
  • Power to the People: Energy, Industrialization and the Creation of the Modern World
  • History's Eye - Photography and Society
  • Sisterhood - Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Soviet Communism
  • 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Stalinism
  • Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe
  • The History of Rock and Roll
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • 'The War on Terror' and the 'Axis of Evil' and Beyond

Year 3

Mandatory modules 

  • Dissertation in History
  • Writing History
  • History and the Public Sphere

Optional modules  

  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
  • Depth Study: The Henrician & Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • Depth Study: The Rise of British Medicine 1650 - 1800 and 1800 - 1950
  • The Age of Napoleon in global perspective -  I and II
  • Depth Study: The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914 and North Africa and France: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism I & II: The Discovery of Nature and The Crisis of Nature
  • Depth Study: Interwar Britain
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I and II
  • Depth Study: Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52
  • Depth Study: The Home Front: the United Kingdom 1939-1945
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • The Post-war Teenager, 1945-1979 Part 1 and Part 2
  • Depth Study: The USSR after Stalin, 1953-1964 and 1964-1985
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800
  • Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands and Commodities in History
  • Comparative Study: Mental Health and Illness
  • Comparative Study: The People are Revolting! Protest, Rebellion and Popular Politics in the Modern World
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past
  • Comparative Study: Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
  • Comparative Study: Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Anxiety and Hope: Meanings of Home in the Post-war World

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 24 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

Professor Mark Allen
Interests: nineteenth and twentieth century British history; history and computing. As Programme Leader responsible for the day-to-day running of the undergraduate programme Mark Allen is more than happy to answer queries from prospective students.

Teaching team 

Professor Chris Aldous
Interests: twentieth-century Japanese history; medical history; environmental history. As Head of Department, Chris is more than happy to answer queries from prospective students.

Dr Natalya Chernyshova
Interests: Soviet and Russian history; modern Eastern Europe.

Professor Louise Curth
Interests: Sixteenth-Eighteenth Century medical and veterinary history, the history of print culture and advertising.

Neil Curtin
Interests: eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century American history; Cold War; European fascism.

Dr Carey Fleiner
Interests: classical Greece and Rome; the Carolingian Renaissance.

Dr Robert Gray
Interests: environmental history, nineteenth century Hungary.

Dr Xavier Guégan
Interests: Cultural Political and Social Colonial and anti-Colonial History; British India and the wider Empire; French Colonial Empire, especially Algeria; global connections and ideas within the colonial and post-colonial world.

Dr Douglas Hamilton
Reader in History. Interests: Caribbean, the Atlantic World, Representations of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation.

Dr Robert Houghton
Interests: Early Medieval European history, urban history of Medieval Italy.

Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers
Interests: Britain, Europe and the Americas between the 18th and 20th centuries, the Global Hispanic World and Transnational History.

Dr Ryan Lavelle
Interests: Politics and warfare in AngloSaxon and Norman England; early medieval Europe; the Age of the Vikings.

Dr Eoghan Moloney
Interests: history and culture of the Classical period, 4th century BC and ancient Macedon.

Dr Rebecca Oakes
Interests: Late Medieval population studies; social history of late medieval Britain; history of medieval education.

Dr Emiliano Perra
Interests: History, memory and representation, particularly of the Holocaust and Genocide; television and history; modern European History.

Dr James Ross
Interests: late Medieval England, particularly military, financial and administrative records and late medieval English politics.

Dr Simon Sandall
Interests: the social and cultural history of England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, the English Civil Wars and Local History.

Professor Trish Skinner
Reader in History. Interests: European History from 300-1200, especially Italy, women and gender, Jewish History and the History of Medieval Health and Medicine.

Dr Kate Weikert
Interests: Early Medieval northwest Europe, gender and authority in England and Normandy c 900-1200.

Dr Ellie Woodacre
Interests: Early Modern European political and cultural history, France, Spain and the Italian Renaissance, Gender and Rulership.

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 25% of a module (three out of three classes) and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 61 per cent coursework
  • 37 per cent written exams
  • 2 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 72 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 15 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 47 per cent coursework
  • 46 per cent written exams
  • 7 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates have become historians working in museums and heritage sites. Others work within teaching and local, regional and national Government.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Stacey - Secondary School History Teacher

For more information about graduate employment for the History department

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students:Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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