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BA (Hons) Medieval and Early Modern History

Explore and analyse the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1100-1800, an age of discovery, empire, conflict and revolution.

Select from a wide range of modules covering everything from the Crusades to the Tudors to the birth of popular democracy in America and France.

Gain new opportunities with our partner museums and heritage sites.

Qualify with a degree recognized by employers for cultivating skills of argument, presentation, research and analysis.

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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

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

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

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On the BA (Hons) Medieval and Early Modern History you will have the option in year two to work with a sector-leading museums, galleries or heritage sites.

Our prestigious partners include: 

In addition we employ a number of internationally recognized journalists and filmmakers who provide lectures on this sector of employment. 


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Alumnus profile

Peter Symonds, Visitor and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Petworth House, Sussex (National Trust) 

"The History Work Placement module gave me a more rounded view of history and heritage. I never understood the effort that went into making sites like Petworth a success until I worked with the people who actually make things happen, hearing about the difficulties as well as how they could be overcome.

My project allowed me to create interpretation for visitors to enhance their enjoyment - which I continue to do today.  My experience also shows that the module can lead to bigger things. Without doubt it kick started my career in heritage - for which experience is a necessity - and I certainly recommend it to future students.”

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Student view

Medieval and Early Modern History
My readings enabled me to form better opinions, develop new ideas and add new dimensions to these ideas. Being able to research in this environment, with the support that was offered to me was an exceptional experience that will be difficult to replicate.

Course content

Our BA (Hons) degree offers the opportunity to study 700 years of local, national and international history.

You will be able to select modules ranging from the aftermath of the Norman Conquest, through Tudor England, to Napoleon and will learn how to analyse politics, literature, art, architecture, textiles, landscapes and other cultural artefacts as well as written sources.

Modules include traditional survey courses covering Medieval Europe, the Wars of the Roses, the Renaissance and Reformation World and the Age of Revolution, 1776-1848.

They will also introduce you to specialist subjects like The Court of Henry VIII, Louis XIV’s France, The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment and the Cultural History of Death.


Our modules examine a wide variety of themes and concepts to understand how pre-modern society functioned, failed and evolved. 

This is a flexible degree where you can select your own preferred periods and subjects investigating social, political, cultural, military, religious and economic history including modules on the Black Death, the Hundred Years’ War, Witchcraft & Magic, Stuart England and the French Revolution.

Topics studied include:

  • Renaissance & Reformation Europe
  • Torture to Terror: European Order & Repression
  • England in Europe
  • Rethinking History: Theory and Practice
  • History, Heritage and Interpretation 
  • The Material World: Interpreting Objects & Environments 
  • The Tudors
  • The Black Death
  • Game of Thrones - The Hundred Years' Way
  • The War of the Roses
  • The Slave Trade
  • Europe and the Mediterranean World
  • Culture & Civilisation in Late Medieval England 
  • Enlightenment Europe
  • Stuart England: Rebellion, Restoration, Revolution
  • Medieval Heresies
  • Witchcraft & Magic in Early Modern Europe
  • Crime, Deviance and Punishment in Early Modern Europe
  • Commerce and Consumption in Early Modern England
  • Sixteenth-Century France
  • Georgian Britain
  • Louis XIV's France
  • Kingship, Queenship & Power in Late Medieval Europe
  • The Physical Past: Landscape and Heritage from Antiquity to the Present
  • The Cultural History of Death
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Crusading and the Holy Land
  • Henry VIII & Court Culture
  • The French Revolution: Origins & Outcomes 
  • Women and Gender
  • Chivalry, Knighthood and Masculinity

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. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Key skills include research, analysis, report writing and oral presentations. Emphasis is put on analysing contemporary sources, which will stand you in good stead for postgraduate study.

In addition, students selecting the Work Placement, History, Heritage and Interpretation or National Curriculum modules will gain experience and specific employment skills for heritage or teaching careers.

You will emerge from the degree with an acute critical mindset and an appreciation of cultural diversity enabling you to take up any number of graduate employment opportunities.

Employers tell us that they value History degrees because they cultivate initiative and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, as well as enhancing traditional skills of analysis, writing and research.

Many students continue to study to become teachers (PGCE), undertake postgraduate study (MA/PhD) or gain employment in the heritage sector.

Either way, feedback tells us that our graduates believe that studying at Chichester has equipped them very well for the next stage in their careers and lives.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered over two 15 week semesters with 4 modules taken in each and a diverse range of assignments set from portfolios to exams and oral presentations.

Contact time is maximized through tutorials, lectures, seminars and field-trips.

The degree is supported with methods and skills-based teaching. In seminars you will discuss key historical debates and texts (all translated into English) with further instruction available via independent tutorials with module leaders.

In the final year you are tutored one-to-one to complete a substantial research project of your choice. You can also select a specialist module on the teaching of History in schools.

The city of Chichester, with its medieval cathedral and Georgian architecture, provides the perfect backdrop to the degree, which is taught in collaboration with important partners including the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (the setting for the BBC’s recent ‘Tudor Monastery Farm’), housing many mostly medieval and early modern buildings. Equally importantly, student feedback confirms that our medieval and early modern modules offer a vibrant and stimulating learning experience that demonstrably enhances historical skills.

The course is run by a friendly, dedicated team, who also produce acclaimed international research that further enriches the learning experience. In addition to the extensive array of modules students are supported with specialist research training, and are allocated academic advisors to guide them through their three-year programme.

The National Student Satisfaction Survey and The Guardian regularly award Chichester’s department of History with outstanding results for student achievement and 10 out of 10 for ‘Value Added’ in 2013 and 2014. This is because we focus intensely on contact time with students to ensure success, which makes Chichester special. 

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