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BA (Hons) Medieval and Early Modern History

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee 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

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.


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

Our prestigious partners include: 

In addition we employ a number of internationally-recognised journalists who provide lectures related to sector of employment. 

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, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

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 module 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.

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

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.”

Indicative modules

Year 1

• Renaissance & Reformation Europe, 1469-1609

• Torture to Terror: European Order & Repression, 1492-1794

• England in Europe, 1154-1400

• Rethinking History: Theory and Practice

• History, Heritage and Interpretation

• The Material World: Interpreting Objects & Environments

• The Tudors, 1485-1603

• The United States: From the Revolution of Reason to the Great Society.

• The Wars of the Roses, 1455-85

• The Black Death, 1348-1500

• The Slave Trade, 1444-1834

• The Nineteenth Century World

Year 2

• Medieval Heresy, 1150-1500: From the Cathars to Erasmus

• Approaches to Research

• Culture & Civilisation in Late Medieval England, 1200-1547

•Work Placement: Applied History in the Workplace

• Enlightenment Europe, 1688-1789

• Stuart England: Rebellion, Restoration, Revolution, 1603-88

• The 100 Years War, 1337-1453

•Witchcraft & Magic in Early Modern Europe

• Crime & Punishment in Early Modern Europe

• Medieval & Early Modern Women: Sex, Gossip & Politics

• Material Cultures in Early Modern England

Year 3

• Dissertation

• Louis XIV’s France, 1643-1715

• Kingship, Queenship & Power in Late Medieval Europe

• The Physical Past: Landscape and Heritage from Antiquity to the Present

• The Cultural History of Death

• The Crusades, 1095-1291

• Henry VIII’s Court: Faction, Faith & Fornication, 1509-47

• Commerce and Consumer culture in Seventeenth Century England

• The French Revolution: Origins & Outcomes, 1744-94

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

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 maximised 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 advisers to guide them through their three-year programme.

The National Student Satisfaction Survey and The Guardian regularly award Chichester’s History programmes with outstanding results.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

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 support and services:

• Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;

• A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;

• The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are. However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time;

• Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;

• Access to support from our Careers Service;

• Disability and additional learning support;

• The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;

• 24 hours a day security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

• Accommodation and living costs;

• Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);

• General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;

• Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);

• The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass this cost on directly to our customers;

• Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate); 

• Gym membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages;

• Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;

• Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);

• If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here

• Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

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.

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.