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BA (Hons) Modern History

Analyse our modern world through the study of global trends within American, African, British and European history from the nineteenth century to the present.

Develop your awareness of how our contemporary society, culture and politics have been shaped.

Placement opportunities with our partners can be used to gain experience in archives, museums, research institutes and political think tanks.

Gain a degree which will enhance your knowledge and abilities and which provides the practical and analytical skills for a variety of careers.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS V102

Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: ABB - CCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 15 level 3 credits worth of units at Merit

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Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

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Work placements

The degree will develop students’ skills as historians and as researchers as assessments will utilise essay writing, reports, individual presentations and group assignments.

The work placement opportunities during the degree programme in archives, museums and institutes will be assessed using practical tasks and vocational training. Through these exercises, communication and analytical abilities will be strengthened.

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Where this can take you

Alumnus profile: Ian Riley

"One of Chichester’s many strengths soon shone through in that all students are quickly known by their lecturers who were easily accessible and very supportive. This allowed me to achieve my potential for which I am very grateful!”

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Student view

Peter Symonds
My experience shows that a degree at Chichester can lead to bigger things. Without a doubt it kick-started my career - for which experience is a necessity - and I certainly recommend it to future students.

Course content

To understand our present and our future, we must be informed by our recent past. The modern world is the product of the events of the last three centuries and through our wide-ranging modules you can analyse the processes that have shaped politics, culture, society and economics across the globe.

You will be able to choose modules that explore these concerns within a British, American, African and European context and develop your own focus of concern on war, capitalism, urbanism, democracy, nationalism, citizenship, gender and ethnicity.

With these options, you can choose your own area of interest, whether political, cultural or social, and develop your knowledge and skills to take a critical perspective on the modern world. The course is aimed at students wanting to gain a history degree with a pure focus on the modern period, while learning research skills and methods associated with social, cultural and political history.

Modules

The course is taught by a team of dedicated researchers in the field of modern history who are committed to enhancing your abilities and enabling your own research. A degree in Modern History provides a wide selection of modules as well as courses offering specialist skills in archival research, oral history and documentary analysis.

Throughout your degree programme you will also be supported by an academic advisor who will be with you throughout the three years of study. This support network is one of the reasons why our students have consistently placed the History degree programme as one of the best in the country in national university rankings such as the National Student Satisfaction Survey and the Guardian University League Table. This reflects the unique feature of a degree from Chichester, which is the friendly environment that students and staff contribute to that ensures a high degree of success for our graduates.

Typical module themes include:

  • Twentieth Century European History 
  • World War One
  • World War Two
  • The Cold War
  • American history in the nineteenth and twentieth century (including Civil Rights)
  • New York: history of a city
  • African history
  • Fascism
  • Historical Research Methods
  • History for Educational Purposes (Teaching)
  • British modern history
  • Victorian history
  • Post-1945 British Culture and Politics
  • Cinema, graphic novels and popular culture: forgotten sites of history

Our facilities

Bishop Otter campus – where you will be based

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

A degree in Modern History will provide students with the opportunity to take up a number of career roles after graduation.

History degrees are valued by employers as they enhance key skills in communication, analysis and reporting.

Our graduates have taken employment as teachers, lawyers, accountants, managers but have also continued their education with postgraduate study (MA and PhD).

Graduates from the University of Chichester have succeeded in a range of positions after their studies through the supportive environment, varied modules and the commitment to students provided by the Department of History. 

Teaching and assessment

The course is designed for those who wish to specialise within modern history to build their knowledge in this field across a range of topics as a means to develop their career prospects.

The array of modules enables students to take a critical view on current events and analyse contemporary society through an awareness of the recent past.

The options to study issues of political, social and cultural significance as well as placement opportunities in archives, institutes and research centres, provides students with experience for a range of careers, such as roles within education, politics, journalism, advertising, public service and the law.

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