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.
- Combine undergraduate and masters level into a single four-year programme, so that you graduate with a masters degree
- Study a subject which consistently achieves great results in the National Student Survey: in 2016, 97% of our History students were satisfied with their course and this year we're ranked No.1 for student satisfaction in the UK in the Complete University Guide Subject Table
- Explore the broad sweep of British, European and global history from the Renaissance to the twentieth century
- Undertake fieldwork at historical locations ranging from country houses to industrial cities
- Share your passion for the past by organising and marketing a high-profile public history conference
- Benefit from the support of a dedicated and enthusiastic teaching team who are published experts in their field
- Develop an impressive set of critical, theoretical and transferable skills which will give you a real advantage in securing a graduate career
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.
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.
You will study modules such as:
- Historical Methods and Sources
- Religion, Empire and Ideas: The Making of British Identity, 1485-1789
- Britain in the Age of Innovation, 1790-1914
- Renaissance and Enlightenment: Europe, 1453-1789
- Romanticism and Revolution: Europe, 1789-1914
- Reaction, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1825-1924
- Research Project
- Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries
- Public History: Marketing and Presenting the Past
- Society, Culture and Politics in the First World War
- Close Encounters: European Imperialism and Decolonisation, 1757-1960
- Behind Closed Doors: Gender and Sex, 1685-1870
- The Making of Modern Medicine
- Triumph of the Dark: Europe Between the Wars, 1918-1939
- Goodbye Lenin: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
- European Cultural Identities and Ethnic Minorities
- Continuity and Change in Contemporary Britain
- Keeping the Peace: Conflict, Power and Diplomacy since 1945
- Historians and Material Culture
- Exploring the Slum: The Politics of Poverty in Britain
- France: Conflict and Society, 1940-1962
- Research Methods (PDP)
- History Independent Study (MHist)
- Workbased Learning
- Enlightenment: The Ferment of Ideas
- Revolt against Reason? Philosophy and Culture after the Enlightenment
- The Politics of History: Using the Past in the Present
- Globalisation and the Legacy of Imperialism
- Environmental History: Nature, Landscape and Society
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.
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:
- Rebecca Banks - Rebecca is a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She is also currently completing a PhD on Military Service Tribunals during the First World War.
- Prof Paul Elliott - Paul is an expert in eighteenth and nineteenth-century British history and has published several books in this field. He is particularly interested in the history of science and medicine, as well as environmental and landscape history.
- Dr Cath Feely - Cath is an expert in the social, cultural and intellectual history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain. She teaches widely in this area and is particularly interested in British attitudes towards the writings of Karl Marx.
- Prof Robert Hudson - Robert specialises in the history of Russia and Eastern Europe, but is also interested in twentieth-century French history.
- Dr Ruth Larsen - Ruth is an expert on British social and cultural history, focusing in particular on gender history and country houses.
- Dr Tom Neuhaus - Tom teaches international history, focusing on relations between Europe and Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published a book on Tibet in the Western imagination.
- Dr Ian Whitehead - Ian is the Deputy Head of Humanities. He is an expert on twentieth-century British history, with a particular focus on the First World War. He has published a book on the role of doctors in the First World War and edited an important collection of essays about the two world wars.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||128 (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 GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualitications
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art 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.
Included in your fees
- All compulsory reading materials available in digital format. Additonal reading based on library and/or digital resourses
- Compulsory study trips (approx. 10 across 3 years of programme depending on options selected)- previous visits have included Imperial War Museum, York, Chester, Various Country Houses.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printing and binding of one copy of dissertation, cost approx. £6
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Purchase of reading materials - approx. £30 per text but cost varies depending on source
- There may be costs associated with non-complusory field trips
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.