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Modern and Contemporary History

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Modern and Contemporary History

BA
  • UCAS code V140
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

Studying Modern and Contemporary History is exciting and rewarding. It will help to satisfy your curiosity about our recent past and allow you to acquire an in-depth understanding of the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As well as an in-depth knowledge, Modern and Contemporary History students also develop essential skills of analysis, argument and communication - all highly valued in today’s competitive employment market.

Our internationally renowned academics are developing the very latest thinking on historical problems; this cutting edge knowledge informs the curriculum and will enhance your learning experience. By studying at one of the largest and most influential departments in the country, you will have access to a range of course options.  This degree allows you to study a range of issues in modern and contemporary history and through our courses you will learn how to analyse these issues in different ways - from the biographical, looking at Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela; the national, by studying, for instance, modern British or American history; and the thematic, with options such as the history of global terrorism, and modern political thought. You will also study leadership and government and the broader social and cultural contexts, to form a holistic view of modern history.

You will receive individual attention and learn in small teaching groups, whilst having access to some of the richest facilities for historical research anywhere in the world; in addition to the College’s substantial library collections, there are the National Archives, British Library and other libraries of the University of London.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more

  • Develop research, communication and analytical skills.
  • Contribute to the field through your own research projects.
  • Become involved in our leading research centres.
  • Knowledge of modern history and policy is valued by the civil service, government, think-tanks and lobbyists.
  • Opportunities to study abroad as part of your degree.
95%

overall student satisfaction

Source: National Student Survey, 2019

Top 20

in the UK for History

Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020

8th

in the UK for the impact of our research

Source: THE, REF, Institutions ranked by subject, 2014

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