- Modern History achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey
- Learn about another culture on a year abroad
- 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. Modern History 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 4 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 spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe or USA, gaining a valuable experience, broadening your horizons by learning about another culture first-hand, and boosting your CV.
In Year 4, 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 Modern History 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.
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.
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
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.
Our BA (Hons) Modern History with Year Abroad course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe via Erasmus.
Only students who maintain a good academic standing in the first two years of their programme (a minimum of mid-2:2 marks or a minimum GPA) and who meet the threshold standards set by the partner University will be allowed to proceed to the Year Abroad. If they do not, they would be moved to the standard Mordern History programme and complete their 3rd year in the UK as their final year.
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.
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.
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: 216 hours
- Independent learning: 984 hours
Year 3: Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Placement: 1200 hours
Year 4 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
- Independent learning: 1032 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.
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)*:
- 66% coursework
- 25% written exams
- 9% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 77% coursework
- 13% written exams
- 10% practical exams
- 100% coursework
- 0% written exams
- 0% practical exams
Year 4 (Level 6)*:
- 66% coursework
- 21% written exams
- 13% practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
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.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2021 Entry: 104-120 points
A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History||15|
This module introduces students to the core skills required to study history successfully at degree level. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis. All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains partiality, which historians are trained to overcome. Working in small groups with one staff member per group, there will be a balance between developing awareness of these overarching core skills (such as conducting research and mastering referencing conventions) and a case study where students work on academic reading connected to a particular topic. This intensive small group environment will help students adjust to the university environment and provide a venue for delivering other transitional and transferrable skills.
|Perspectives on the Past, Part I||15|
This module, and its co-requisite, Perspectives on the Past II, introduces students to different perceptions of history. Over the course of the modules, students are asked to critically engage with micro- and macro-historical viewpoints through the lens of local, national and global history or in terms of the significance of particular turning points versus the longue durée approach of change over time. The modules are divided into three-week studies of a particular theme (for example, Empire Religion or War) with overviews at the macro- and micro- historical level. The final week of each theme concentrates upon a seminar which explores primary source material related to that theme and acts as a progress update for the presentations which groups will ultimately put together. By examining such trends in more than one context, students will be introduced to the difficulties of analysing continuity and change over long periods and in different regions.
|Case Studies II: Independent Study Project||15|
This module builds upon Sources & Approaches in History, further developing students’ skills as independent researchers, and giving students an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. Continuing to work in the same Case Study groups as, and on a related topic to, Sources & Approaches, students undertake an individual research project, on a topic negotiated with a tutor. In addition, there will be an element of group work as students combine their individual findings, presenting on a subtopic of the module’s overarching theme. As this module concentrates upon developing skills there is an emphasis on training for future employment. Students will be expected to engage with careers service activities in semester 2 and to report their activities in a reflective blog.
|Perspectives on the Past, Part II||15|
This module, and its pre-requisite, Perspectives on the Past I, introduces students to different perceptions of history. Over the course of the modules, students are asked to critically engage with micro- and macro-historical viewpoints through the lens of local, national and global history or in terms of the significance of particular turning points versus the longue durée approach of change over time. The modules are divided into three-week studies of a particular theme (for example, Trade & Economy, Ecology, Disease & Famine or Migration) with overviews at the macro- and micro- historical level. The final week of each theme concentrates upon a seminar which explores primary source material related to that theme. By examining such trends in more than one context, students will be introduced to the difficulties of analysing continuity and change over long periods and in different regions.
Year 2 (Level 5)
Reading History provides an overview of ‘doing History’ from the Classical period onwards. It examines the ideas that have underpinned historical research and writing, from Herodotus to Post-Modernity, as well as recent theories of history (many of which have been drawn from other disciplines and including post-colonialism, gender and identity, spatial theory) as they have been used by historians. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise. Students are encouraged to link their studies in Reading History with their other second-year modules. This module principally examines the ways in which British historians have worked from the early medieval period to c.2000. It investigates the influences which shaped their approaches (including, e.g., the work of foreign scholars such as Leopold von Ranke and the historians of the French Annales School). It also investigates theories of history – e.g. Marxist ideas. It emphasizes the expansion of historical interests and the methodologies which have permitted fresh areas of study in the last thirty years and looks at the current practice of history.
This module considers the planning and preparation of research and the methods and skills used, with particular reference to – but not sole consideration of – the dissertation. A wide range of historical approaches and methods are assessed, including use of local and national archives, databases and online sources, media and newspapers, visual images, standing remains, landscape and the material environment, public history, oral sources and scientific data. Ethics in historical research are also examined.
Work Placement - 15 Credits
Year 3 - Year Abroad
Year 4 (Level 6)
|Dissertation in History||30|
The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of a student’s choice. It makes an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding. It demonstrates an advanced capacity to work as a historian and to employ the conventions of a historian. Students must produce by due deadlines a proposal acceptable to internal scrutineers, evidence of substantial progress by the end of the first module as part of the assessment for the Research Methods module, and a record of supervision completed by the supervisor with the Dissertation.
This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, students will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research.
|History and the Public Sphere||15|
History in the Public Sphere asks to students to engage with the process of accessing the past both through History as an academic discipline and alternatively in public history. Through the study of a variety of uses of the past in areas such as politics, journalism and popular media, students will engage with the methodological problems and nuances in studying History at degree level. This module will allow students to develop a more nuanced understanding of both popular and academic approaches to the past and to consider the applicability of academic history in more popular arenas.
Work Placement - 15 Credits
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.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2021 Course Tuition Fees
|UK / Republic of Ireland||
Channel Islands /
|Year 3 - Year Abroad||£1,385||£3,700||£5,520|
|Total with Year Abroad||£29,135||£31,450||£47,820|
If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, 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 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.
UK 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 £6,935.
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 £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.
*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.
**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.
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:
- 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. Indicative 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. Indicative cost: £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.
- Year Abroad: Students going on a year abroad pay significantly reduced tuition fees for that year but will need to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. These will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
- 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. Indicative cost: £150 per year.
- Printing and binding: The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.
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
- 4 years full-time
- Typical offer
- 104-120 points
- On campus, Winchester