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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

V105

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

(MHist)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating, our Integrated Masters in History offers you an exciting opportunity to go one step ahead in the graduate job market.

Ours is one of only two History courses in the UK where you can combine undergraduate and postgraduate study to achieve a masters-level degree and gain a head start in your career. The Integrated Masters gives you a more advanced and critical understanding of the subject, giving you a taste of cutting edge and innovative research.

What is an Integrated Masters?

The Integrated Masters takes you on a journey from undergraduate to postgraduate learning, giving you greater opportunity to develop advanced research skills and specialist knowledge. The qualification is highly respected by employers and will put you at a real advantage when seeking a graduate career.

It also offers an excellent way to fund postgraduate study: you can secure a student loan which covers all four years of your full-time study.

A deep sense of perspective

History is a subject for anyone with a sense of curiosity and a desire for a deeper understanding of the world around them. It has the power to make us question who we are, how we have come to act the way we do, and the experiences that have shaped people’s lives in the past. Studying History will turn you into a critical thinker, ready to challenge received wisdoms.

As well as covering broad historical themes, you will explore a wide range of specific topics - everything from the First World War to the history of China. There will also be a particular emphasis on the impact of the Enlightenment and on the ways in which historians engage with the general public, giving you the chance to inspire others with your passion for history.

A great learning experience

We pride ourselves on delivering a learning experience that is varied, exciting and fun. For four consecutive years from 2010, 100% of students responding to the National Student Survey said they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course. The figure was 98% in 2014. This track record has reinforced our reputation as one of the top departments for student satisfaction nationwide.

Raise your profile

In a unique project, you will inspire others by organising and marketing a public history conference and presenting your research to a wider audience. Topics explored at this conference have included the experience of British prisoners-of-war during the First World War, the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and gay riots in 1960s America.

At our 2014 Public History Conference, students attracted TV and radio coverage with their thought-provoking papers on forgotten aspects of the Great War. They will now see their work in print as published scholars: the conference proceedings are set to be published by an academic publishing house.

Inspirational projects

You will use your research and creative skills to interpret the past for the benefit of the wider community. We provide exciting opportunities for projects involving international arts and heritage organisations, including work placements.

Explore history outside the classroom

We offer study visits and fieldtrips to bring your learning to life. You will explore the practical and intellectual applications of history in museums, art galleries, country houses, parks and heritage sites, including a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Recent visits have taken in the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the city of Chester and the urban heartland of Manchester. And, of course, Derbyshire is the ideal location to study history - with its rich industrial past and thriving heritage industry.

You can also study our three-year BA (Hons) History or study a BA combining History (Joint Honours) - find out more about our joint honours degrees.

90%overall satisfaction - History**National Student Survey 2020

What you will study

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Code: 4HY501

Historical Methods and Sources (PDP)

The module introduces you to the study of history at undergraduate level. It outlines the challenges you will encounter in studying and writing about the past, and equips you with the requisite skills of the discipline. You will acquire an understanding of the nature and variety of history and historical inquiry. There is discussion of the methodology and aims of history.

The module allows you to analyse such topics as objectivity, specialisation, narrative, the relationship of History to other disciplines, and the public role of the historian. There is discussion of the role played by journalists, both as witnesses to historical events and as writers of history.

You will engage with debates concerning biography, contemporary history, Marxist historical analysis, the possibility of ‘total’ history and the influence of postmodernism. You will consider issues in historiography through the examination of a case study, concentrating upon an area of historical controversy.

You will gain an understanding of competing theoretical approaches, thus encouraging your conceptual development. The module examines the principal sources available to you as researchers, enabling you to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different types of historical evidence. The module looks at practical applications of historical knowledge and skills, highlighting the vast range of potential careers open to graduates in history and other related disciplines.

 

 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HY506

Derby and the World: Public Uses of the Past

This module explores Derby and Derbyshire’s global history, as well as examining how this history is portrayed and employed beyond the academy. It concentrates upon a range of significant historical individuals, places, structures and processes that link Derby and Derbyshire with the wider world, including Viceroy Curzon, the Derwent Valley Mills, migration, and the slave trade.

You will be encouraged to think critically about major themes and trends across both global and local history, and to consider the relationship between the two. You will also reflect on the ways in which we can convey these connected histories to wider audiences. Through lectures, seminars, field trips and workshops, you will be encouraged to investigate the theory of public history, to engage with practitioners in scrutinising the production and representation of popular historical knowledge, and to share your research into Derby’s global history via a public-facing assignment.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4HY507

Empires, Migrants and Mobility

This module will examine the ways in which international power dynamics have evolved over the course of the modern period and the impact this has had on the experiences of diverse groups of people across the globe.

We will examine the ways in which some political structures – from the Ming dynasty in China to Great Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – have sought to colonize and influence other parts of the world, and the ways in which these endeavours have created a host of global connections. In particular, we will examine the movement of people, goods and ideas created by these global connections, focusing on issues such as large-scale migration between different parts of the world, the displacement of people as a result of imperial conflicts, the emergence of transnational communities, and the transmission of modern ideologies across different parts of the world

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4HY508

The Enlightenment

This module explores the impact on the Enlightenment on society, culture and politics in the long eighteenth century. Drawing on examples from Britain, Europe and North America it discusses whether key themes in Enlightenment thinking did shape the lives of ordinary people, and whether it deserves the moniker of ‘The Age of Reason’.

Focusing on responses to monarchical absolutism, the idealisation of nature, the growth of scientific enquiry and the impact of scepticism, the module will consider the extent of socio-economic and political change in this period. You will engage with a range of primary materials in order to explore the ways in which ideas were shared and understood. You will also engage with historiographical debates about the implementation of these ideas and the degree to which there was a shared enlightenment.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4HY509

Nations and Nationalism, 1789-1914

This module will cover a period of great change in Europe, charting the rise of the idea of the ‘nation state’. Beginning with the French Revolution of 1789 and the changes brought about by Napoleon Bonaparte, the module will trace the development of nationalism and liberalism across the continent. The revolutions of 1848 will provide an example of the immense historical dynamics that converged in the nineteenth century, with a diverse set of outcomes.

We will examine how political reform in Britain brought about a different idea of ‘the nation’, based on continuity and gradual change, and the avoidance of revolution. Surveying the second half of the ‘long nineteenth century’, you will then explore how nationalism fed into the creation of nation-states in Germany and Italy, how nationalist ideas collided with alternative political ideologies, nationalism and imperialism, and how national rivalries turned into World War.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4HY510

Renaissance and Reformation, 1485-1648

This module will provide you with a broad overview of some of the most important political, intellectual, social and cultural developments of the early modern period. You will explore the changes that Europe, including the British Isles, underwent during the Renaissance, focusing on the emergence of new forms of thinking, including humanism, and on the development of new approaches in art and culture during this period.

You will examine to what extent these developments, coupled with the nature of early modern politics, led to significant religious change, subsumed under the term ‘Reformation’. You will compare and contrast the motivations of different religious reformers and the processes that led to the Reformation in different parts of Europe. Following this, you will explore the short-term and longer-term impact of the Reformation on both everyday life in Europe and on European politics, focusing on changes in family life and social structures, as well as reactions against the Reformation. Finally, you will examine a number of early modern conflicts, including the Civil Wars in the British Isles and the Thirty Years’ War, in order to discuss the impact of religious change on the international order during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HY505

Public Conference: Marketing and Presenting the Past

This module enables you to undertake a piece of collaborative research, culminating in the writing and delivery of a conference paper. You will contribute to the publicity for the conference through a variety of formats, which may include posters, leaflets, and websites.

The module will develop your academic skills as well as highlighting essential transferable skills, such as teamwork, thus enhancing employability. Through preparation for the conference, you will be encouraged to establish links with both local and national archives and with organisations in the heritage industry.

 

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 5HY510

The Cold War: Global Conflict, Culture and Diplomacy, 1945-1991

This module will allow you to examine some of the most important developments in international history since 1945. By focusing on the conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union that emerged after the end of the Second World War, and setting this conflict within its broader global context, you will be able to understand the factors that shaped diplomacy, power relations, ideology, and culture between the mid-1940s and the early 1990s.

You will engage with the historiographical debates relating to the origins of the Cold War and examine the role played by ideological differences as well as the changing structure of international relations. You will also examine the impact of the Cold War on the rest of the American and Soviet spheres of influence. This will include an examination of the ways in which it affected the former colonies in Asia and Africa, allowing you to engage with recent literature on the truly global nature of the Cold War. Finally we will examine the factors that led to the decline of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HY511

Research in Practice

This module is designed to develop your research skills and to apply them to different contexts. It will provide an advanced understanding of research methodologies and to consider different ways in which scholars undertake research.

It will then enable you to put these skills into practice into two different contexts. The first of these is a short, group, applied research project, based upon a brief from an external partner. You will then produce an extended piece of academic writing based upon an individually devised research question. The module will encourage you to think about how research skills are transferable beyond university and prepare you for the greater emphasis on independent learning at level 6.

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20 Credits
core
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Coursework

Code: 5HY512

The Early Modern Body

This module explores the ways in which the early modern body was conceptualised, treated, and represented between 1500 and 1850. Considering historical sources from across the early modern world, the module will examine themes such as gender, race, sexuality and beauty.

You will use primary sources and case studies in order to gain an understanding of topics such as early modern medicine, aesthetics, and fashion. The impact of shifting ideas about knowledge, the self, and culture, as reflected by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, will be debated and discussed. Changes in understandings of science and medicine will be examined. You will also be introduced to key theoretical frameworks and methodologies employed in examining the history of the body, and you will explore the body’s importance for understanding vital issues in the history of the early modern world.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HY513

Living with Dictatorship: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in Comparative Perspective

This module examines the causes and effects of the authoritarian regimes that emerged in Europe during the interwar period. You will analyse the causes for the rise of political leaders such as Hitler and Stalin, and will evaluate the impact authoritarian regimes had on the everyday experiences of citizens across much of Europe, focusing on issues of class, gender, race and ideology.

You will compare and contrast different developments, whilst also paying attention to the historiographical debates about the nature and limits of totalitarianism.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 5HY514

Continuity and Change in Contemporary Britain

The module examines the evolution of contemporary British society and politics, through a study of key themes and debates in the history of Britain since 1945. This will involve the discussion of issues such as the evolution of the Welfare State; the basis of the post-war political consensus; Britain's economic performance; British identity, nationalism and devolution; the impact of changing social and cultural attitudes in the 1960s and 1970s; immigration and the development of a multi-cultural society; the impact of Thatcherism; the modernising agenda of New Labour; and the consequences for Britain of the global economic crisis in 2008.

The module will also consider the challenges that have faced Britain on the global stage, examining the factors that shaped the retreat from empire and how well Britain has coped with its diminished influence. This will involve discussion of Britain’s military power; the ties with its former colonies; and the significance of its relationship with the United States. There will be an assessment of the complex factors that have influenced Britain's attitude towards European integration and membership of the EU.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HY509

Yugoslavia and After: 1980 To The Present

This module examines how Josip Broz Tito’s relatively stable state degenerated into chaos and conflict by investigating the history and politics of Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Successor States from Tito’s death in 1980 to the present day.

You will explore the major forces and influences contained within the domestic politics and economies of Yugoslavia including the contemporary economic, social, cultural and political transition. Of special concern will be the nature of religious, cultural and ethnic differences built upon competing interpretations of identity and exclusion, the problems of nationalism, and the growth of pressure groups. You will also study and analyse the key historiographical controversies surrounding the nature of Socialist and post-Socialist societies in South East Europe.

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20 Credits
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Coursework

Code: 6HY510

Exploring the Slum: The Politics of Poverty in Britain

In early nineteenth-century Britain the unprecedented rapid growth of industrial cities, and concerns about disease and squalor, led to heightened anxieties about possible revolution. This module examines the ways in which ‘social investigators’ attempted to explore, explain and contain this threat. Looking at how poverty was depicted by government officials, social reformers, public health advocates, philanthropists, investigative journalists, authors and artists, the module considers how the urban ‘slum’ became the battleground for fierce debates about class, gender, and national identity.

The module draws heavily on the excellent range of digital resources available for the study of nineteenth-century society and culture, including newspapers, pamphlets, statistics, and digitised archives. You will engage with a diverse range of representations of the slum to create a collaborative public online exhibition about changing attitudes towards urban poverty throughout the period.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6HY511

India, Empire, Diaspora: Identity, Violence and Memory Across the Twentieth Century

This module analyses the circulatory flow of ideas and identities between India, its diaspora and the wider world. It does so by focusing on some of the most important (and frequently violent) events of the twentieth century in both global and Indian history, including the two world wars, the Amritsar Massacre, India’s partition, and the destruction of the Babri Masjid [mosque].

You will be encouraged to think critically about the emergence and development of caste, national and religious identities across domestic, diasporic and global contexts. There will also be opportunities to reflect upon the continuing relevancy of Gandhian and Nehruvian ideas in the wider world, and to explore the manner in which key events and individuals are remembered and memorialised in India and the diaspora today.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 7ES504

Research Methods (PDP)

This module will develop your research abilities, broadening your understanding of approaches to primary and secondary material, and of the range of sources which may be considered pertinent to a rigorous study of a given topic.

It will prepare you for your dissertation, as well as for doctoral research and a range of careers which utilise skills of qualitative and quantitative research. In addition to extending your practical skills in this area, it will entail philosophical and theoretical consideration of methodologies drawn upon by researchers in History and English.

Readings undertaken each week will form the basis of an interdisciplinary critical engagement with such issues as research ethics, approaches to written, oral, visual and material sources, comparison of quantitative and qualitative methods, the history of the book, the notion of the ‘archive’ and the importance of new technologies, both as research tools and as primary sources. Assessment is by two written pieces. 

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7HY500

Enlightenment: The Ferment of Ideas

In this module, you will critically explore the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, which is often seen as an international intellectual revolution that marked the birth of the modern world. This interdisciplinary module focuses upon the relationship between ideas, culture and society across Britain, Europe, and the wider world.

It exploits the opportunities presented by rich historic collections in local museums, archives and the historic heritage of the region, including the Joseph Wright Collection at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, the Derwent Valley Mills and Lichfield museums. You will explore the origins of Enlightenment, the role of the sciences, the relationship between new ideas and the Industrial Revolution and the role of international Enlightenment networks including those across Europe, the Atlantic world and the European colonies.

The impact and development of ideas in different countries will be compared and you will critically consider whether there were essentially one or multiple enlightenments and assess how useful the concept of Enlightenment is as a movement, period and concept. Major trends in Enlightenment thought will be examined, including the impact of the sciences upon other intellectual endeavours, and new conceptions of knowledge, aesthetics and the self. 

The relationship between ideas, society, and material culture will be a major theme throughout the module as will interrogations of the political dimensions of Enlightenment including absolutism, exploitation and slavery and demands for political reforms in the second half of the eighteenth century. The module will examine the relationship between Enlightenment ideas and society by considering the impact of ideas upon gender, social class and different forms of sociability including print cultures, the urban public sphere, clubs, societies, freemasonry, and salons.

 

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 7HY501

Environmental History: Nature, Landscape and Society

This course introduces some of the theories, sources and methods employed by historians, historical geographers, and others to study landscapes and environments emphasizing the importance of their physical nature, the varied cultural and iconographic meanings and ways that they have been represented, and the light they shed upon human interaction with the natural world.

It combines a historical approach with a thematic framework emphasizing the importance of wider developments in international history in understanding historical interpretations of British historic landscapes and environments.

Examples are drawn from different regions and the course emphasizes the interdependency of theory, written sources and field work using a wide range of sources including archaeological evidence, field observation, photographs, maps and plans, estate records, paintings, literature and town histories.

Field observation is an important part of the course and we will be making a number of trips to different kinds of sites.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7HY502

Globalisation and the Legacy of Imperialism

In the past few decades, more and more historians have become interested in the connections between different parts of the world and in the mobility of people, goods and ideas across the globe. This module will, therefore, introduce you to the history, politics and economics of globalisation.

The module will examine past discourses of globalisation, before focusing on the results of globalisation in the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first century. In particular, you will examine to what extent a number of worldwide developments in this period have been determined by the history of European imperialism and decolonization. You will survey the continuation of socio-economic inequalities in former colonies, the emergence of both authoritarian and democratic regimes in these territories, as well as instances of post-colonial conflict.

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20 Credits
core
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Coursework

Code: 7HY503

Revolt Against Reason? Philosophy and Culture After the Enlightenment

This module examines the legacy of the Enlightenment in Europe from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, exploring the development of new and unsettling ideas about freedom, progress, power, knowledge, rationality, the self and society.

You will discuss how a range of ‘modern’ writers from across the ideological spectrum interrogated understandings of human nature and even questioned the usefulness of philosophy itself. These thinkers may include, amongst others, Rousseau, Kant, Burke, de Maistre, Wollstonecraft, Hegel, Marx, J. S. Mill, Darwin, Nietzsche, Weber, Durkheim, Sorel and Freud.

Throughout the module, which is organised both thematically and chronologically, you will study philosophical texts in their historical and cultural contexts, paying close attention to developments in music, literature, the visual arts, communications, technology and science. 

 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7HY504

The Politics of History: Using the Past in the Present

This module examines how history is used, contested and represented in contemporary society. Using local, national and international case studies, you will consider the philosophical, ethical and methodological issues that arise when historians intervene in public debate.

You will explore the relationship between history and popular memory, and consider the ways in which public understandings of the past have been shaped and commodified by politicians, the media and the heritage industry. You will examine the extent to which academic history can influence popular perceptions of history and debate whether the historian has a duty to engage with wider audiences.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7HY505

Work-Based Learning (Integrated Masters)

This module provides you with an opportunity to apply your passion for history within the context of a cultural, creative, arts, heritage or related organisation and to develop advanced academic and transferable skills.

The main focus is to negotiate and conduct a substantial work-based project that will allow you to develop the expertise you can offer to an employer or other outside body and to acquire advanced project management skills. This might involve working with a museum or gallery, a cinema or theatre, a radio or TV station, or an educational establishment, for example.

It allows you to bring your academic skills to an organisation, to complete a project that would be useful to them (and, in many cases, the wider community), and gives you the opportunity to show initiative and leadership in an area relevant to your chosen career path. It will also encourage you to think creatively about how the past is being presented to different audiences.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7HY999

Independent Study (MHist)

This module enables you to undertake a substantial piece of historical research on an aspect of modern history. You will need to show an advanced, critical engagement with historiographical debates and to undertake critical analysis of relevant sources.

The writing of the dissertation will enable you to develop your ability to construct sustained and coherent arguments, and to show a systematic and up-to-date understanding of relevant theoretical and methodological issues. The skills developed in this module are essential to your future employability and personal development, as well as providing a basis for doctoral study.

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Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, seminars, self-directed study, tutorials, film screenings, sources workshops, and work-based learning. Each module requires four hours attendance per week per module.

Assessment

You are assessed on 100% coursework: there are no exams. Assessment incorporates different formats including essays, document analysis, the examination of material culture and the built environment, book reviews, projects, website design, posters and exhibitions, oral presentations and debating skills.

Supporting you all the way

In the National Student Survey, our students have been particularly positive not only about the quality of teaching on offer but also about the academic support they receive. You will have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree, and our lecturers are there to provide you with academic guidance.

A vibrant community

There is a friendly, sociable and approachable atmosphere on campus, with a real sense of community for History students. We have an active History Society which organises popular extra-curricular events from fieldtrips to ghost walks, pub quizzes to theatre visits.

Special events such as our annual Disability History Month give you fresh insights into your studies: in 2014 the theme was war and disability.

Who you will meet

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts. They include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Ruth Larsen

Dr Ruth Larsen
Programme leader

As a Senior Lecturer in History, Ruth Larsen is the Programme Leader for undergraduate History programmes. She has research expertise in British History of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially relating to gender history and the history of the country house.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Classical Studies, History or Politics at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a grade C in Classical Studies, History or Politics at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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Careers

Skills for success

At Derby you will gain attributes beyond those traditionally associated with History graduates. You will not only build your academic capabilities but also apply your historical knowledge to the workplace. We encourage you to develop skills in areas such as presentation and teamworking, which will help you stand out in the job market.

You can approach your future career with confidence: latest Unistats figures show that 95% of our students were in work or further study six months after completing their course.

Wide-ranging career opportunities

With a History degree you can follow a wide range of careers in the education profession, libraries, museums, archives, law, the civil service, management, marketing and the uniformed services. Recent graduates have, for instance, taken up professional roles in local authorities; in marketing for major national businesses; and in project consultancy advising global companies.

At masters level, we place emphasis on encouraging you to think critically about the role of the historian in making the subject engaging and accessible to the wider public. It helps prepare you for roles in sectors ranging from teaching to tourism and museum curatorship. Many students also see a masters qualification as a pathway into doctoral study, as the course enables you to become an expert in your field of interest.

Ensuring you're 'work-ready'

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a 'work-ready' graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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