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BA (Hons) Modern History

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 15
for satisfaction with History courses
best University for courses and lecturers
Top 30
University in the UK
1. Guardian University League Tables 2020 | 2. Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. Guardian University Guide 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


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.


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.

For more information, you can read our latest History brochure.

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

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. 


Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

  • MA Cultural History
  • PGCE
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)


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!”

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.

Indicative modules

Year One

War and Peace: Twentieth-Century Europe and Global Conflict

Thatcherism and After 

The United States: An Introduction: 1763-the present

Modern and Contemporary British History

International Relations

Africa and the African Diaspora in the Modern World 

Rethinking History: Theory and Practice

Law and Society


Year Two 

From the 'Angry Young Men' to Cool Britannia?: A Historical Analysis of British Cultural Activity after 1945

Oral History

Fascism and Post-Fascism in Europe

Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Africa

Re-Litigating the Past: State, Media and Historical Injustice in Contemporary Britain

Popes and Politics

Ideologies, Politics, Culture

Environment and State in Britain since 1945

Approaches to Research

Enlightenment Europe, 1688-1789

Heritage in Practice: Work Placements for History Students 


Year Three 

Cultural Memory and the First World War 

Dictatorship, Conformity and Resistance in Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy and Stalin's Russia

A Global History of the Cold War and its Ongoing Legacy

Research Dissertation 


History in the Graphic Novel

International Law

Globalization and Its Malcontents

British Culture Wars

France and the Modern World

International English Studies

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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.

Additional Costs

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Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.

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