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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • History and the Modern World achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Focus in-depth on some of the monumental historical events of the past two centuries, such as the world wars and the rise of Soviet Communism
  • Secure work placements at leading historic and cultural venues such as the Mary Rose and British Museum
  • Join a student-led history society on trips to sites of historical interest and talks by major historians
  • Learn from expert tutors and their cutting-edge research 
  • Study in a beautiful city steeped in history

The past two centuries have seen enormous advances in technology and economic globalisation, but they have also witnessed catastrophic world wars, the Holocaust and the rise of Soviet Communism. History and the Modern World at Winchester allows you to study how such relatively recent events have formed the modern world we inhabit.

Our committed team of historians are passionate about their subjects, which cover a broad range of cultures, wars and traditions from around the globe. Studying alongside them, you gain a solid grounding in the academic disciplines of historical analysis, as well as an understanding of the great sweep of global history and its influence on today’s world.

You can choose to focus your studies on Britain, but you can also explore a variety of historical periods, events and cultures, including Asia, Europe and the Americas through a broad range of optional modules.

In Year 1, you take core modules that explore the nature of history as a discipline. You look at the changing assumptions, methods and definitions of history and explore the current concerns of historians.

Having acquired research skills and knowledge in Year 1, your studies in Years 2 and 3 are more specialised.

In Year 2, core modules in Reading History and Practising History deepen your understanding of the discipline. You also select from a range of optional modules that focus on the modern world, concentrating either on using original documents, or exploring continuity and change over long periods. Options may include The British Raj, Revolutionary Russia, Nazism and the Holocaust, and The History of Rock and Roll.

In Year 3, you produce your dissertation and take core modules in Writing History and History and the Public Sphere. 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. While an area of historical concern across more than one country and culture is examined by Comparative Studies.

Depth Studies options may include The United States and the Cold War 1945-63, and Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52. Possible Comparative Studies options are Minorities in the Past and Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947.

By studying History and the Modern World you develop transferable skills in written and oral communication, both as part of a group and individually, and critical analysis of evidence and large bodies of material.

Careers

Our graduates enter a wide spectrum of careers. Many work in museums and heritage sites. Others work within teaching, retail, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national Government.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Workplacements

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.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) History and the Modern World course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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. 

Location

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

Assessments

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%coursework
  • 37% written exams
  • 2% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 72% coursework
  • 13% written exams
  • 15% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 47% coursework
  • 46% written exams
  • 7% 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.

Further information

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

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

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.

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History
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)

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.

Perspectives on the Past, Part II
Case Studies II: Independent Study Project
Perspectives on the Past, Part I

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

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

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.

Practising History
Reading History

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

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

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.

 

Writing History
Dissertation in History

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

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.

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.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page

Key course details

UCAS code
V191
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester