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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.

What you will study

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Code: 4HY500

Britain in the Age of Innovation, 1790-1914

The nineteenth century was a period of significant social, cultural, political and economic change. This module explores the causes and consequences of these changes form the late eighteenth century through to the outbreak of the First World War.

These will include an examination of the impact of conflict and the development of the British Empire and social, cultural and political life in Britain. It will consider the wide reaching consequences of the growing importance of technology and industry. The government-led reforms of the period in terms of enfranchisement, education, health and work (amongst others) will also be debated.

The module also considers the cultural history of the period, including an exploration of the literature, art, and architecture of the nineteenth century, the development of scientific and philosophical ideas and their impact both in Britain and overseas, and the changing nature of religion and beliefs. Throughout, the traditional view of nineteenth century Britain and Britons is questioned and challenged and the extent to which the period really was an age of positive innovation for all is debated.

 

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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
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Code: 4HY502

Reaction, Reform and Revolution: Russia 1825-1924

In this module you will study major themes affecting Russian history throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will discover how, following Napoleon’s defeat, Russia reached a peak of power and prestige in Europe and took a leading role in the Congress System of political alliances only to be outstripped by the western powers due to an inability to modernise. You will study the expansion of the Russian Empire into the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the impact of the Crimean War which resulted in an interplay of reform, reaction and revolution, both in European Russia and in partitioned Poland.

You will also investigate the nature of the atavistic and nationalist discourse concerning the organisations, political systems and especially the role of the Orthodox Church and faith, as they impacted upon the Russian and non-Russian peoples of the Russian Empire, which predated Red October. One particular feature of the module will be an analysis and discussion of the burgeoning civil society and democratic institutions that were developing in Russia before 1917.

In studying this module you will also pay particular attention to the contrasting traditionalist, liberal and revisionist interpretations of life, culture, society and politics in Russia between the 1820s and 1924.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4HY503

Religion Empire and Ideas: Making of British Identity, 1485-1789

In this module, you will consider the changes that took place in Britain in the move from the medieval period to beginnings of the ‘modern’ age. Through the module factors that may have helped to develop a sense of ‘Britishness’ will be considered, including war, overseas expansion, monarchy, and government.

The development of new ideas will also be highlighted, especially the impact of the Renaissance in Britain and the growth of Enlightenment ideologies. Alongside these secular philosophies, religion continued to play a central part in the day-to-day life of most people in the British Isles, and you will study how it had an impact not only on individual’s personal beliefs but also on how the nation was governed and local communities managed. The social and cultural histories of the time period will also be studied, looking at the growth of towns, labour and leisure, and the development of art and literature in this time period.

The early modern period was the time when Britain witnessed reformation and regicide, was the home of Shakespeare and the Scientific Revolution, and saw the beginnings of the Enlightenment and the British Empire. In this module, you will explore how these events shaped Britain and debate whether they led to the making of a British identity.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4HY504

Renaissance and Englightenment : Europe, 1453-1789

This module will introduce you to European history from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. You will survey the key social, cultural, political and economic developments of this period and ask how they changed Europe.

The module will begin with an examination of the European Renaissance, questioning to what extent Europe underwent radical social and cultural changes during this period. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation will be used to examine the role of religion and politics in early modern Europe.

The second part of the module will examine theories of absolutism in the seventeenth and eighteenth century as well as the impact of the European Enlightenment on the way people thought and societies were ordered.

This will be concluded with an analysis of the origins of the French Revolution of 1789, often taken as the beginning of ‘modern history’. The module will be assessed by a combination of primary source analysis and an essay.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4HY505

Romanticism and Revolution: Europe 1789-1914

This module will cover a period of great revolutionary upheaval in Europe. Beginning with the French Revolution of 1789 and the changes brought about by Napoleon Bonaparte, it 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. 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, and how national rivalries turned into World War.

The module will also introduce you to the major social and cultural developments of the period. The module will be assessed by a combination of seminar participation, a presentation, and an essay.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 5HY505

Public History: 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
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5HY506

Research Project

This module will enable you to develop your research skills. It will provide an advanced understanding of research methodology. The Project will provide experience in the construction of an extended piece of academic writing, whilst enhancing your ability to bring critical judgement to bear on a range of sources and texts. It will give instruction in research methods. The module will prepare you for the greater emphasis on independent learning at level 6.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HY509

Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries

This module will give you an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the creative and cultural industries. Working closely with an external organisation or business in the creative and cultural industries for a minimum of 30 hours, you will consider real-life challenges facing the organisation and collaboratively devise a solution for these challenges, applying the academic and transferable skills you have acquired in a real-world situation.

You will be part of a small group, conducting research into the organisation, considering the needs of various stakeholders and thinking about how these can be balanced against each other in finding a solution to the challenge you have been presented with. In the end, you will present the solution you have devised to a panel of experts in a professional pitch.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY500

Behind Closed Doors: Gender and Sex, 1685-1870

This module explores the roles, representations and responsibilities between men and women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Focusing primarily on the experiences in Britain, you will use a wide range of primary and secondary sources in order to examine gender relationships, the ways that men and women were portrayed in literature and art, and how patterns of acceptable behaviour changed over the time period. The importance of rank and class in defining gender roles will be explored, and the extent to which access to leisure, politics or employment was limited by gender will be discussed.

The creation of ‘ideals’ of masculinity and femininity in conduct literature, religious writings and scientific texts will also be explored. The nature of sexual relations in the time period will be examined, exploring marriage, extramarital relationships, homosexuality, cross dressing and chastity. Throughout, the question of whether men and women lived in ‘separate spheres’ during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will be debated.

 

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY501

Close Encounters: European Imperialism and Decolonization, 1757-1960

On this module, you will explore the historical factors behind the rise and fall of European overseas empires in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The module will compare how different imperial powers – Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal – constructed their Empires, how they approached issues of race, gender and social status in ruling them, and how they lost control over their imperial possessions after the Second World War.

A particular focus of the module will be on intercultural contact, but you will also examine a variety of other approaches to imperial and world history, looking at imperial trade and economics, the impact of imperialism on European culture, the growth of Asian and African nationalism, and the role played by Empire in global conflicts. The module will be assessed through a poster with a reflective commentary, as well as an essay.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY502

European Cultural Identities and Ethnic Minorities

Since the end of the Cold War, the impact of migration, displacement and minority cultures and peoples within the space of larger multicultural states, has become an issue of crucial importance to our understanding of European history and the contemporary European political scene. As such, the impact and ramifications of different and competing cultural identities and ethnic minorities constitute one of the greatest challenges for Europe at the beginning of twenty-first century.

In this module, you will examine some of the currents of identity formation and their impact upon politics, and you will examine the formation of cultural identity on both macro and micro levels, within selected communities of Europe today.

 

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY503

Goodbye Lenin: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

This module will introduce you to the history of the Soviet Union, from its rise in the aftermath of revolution and civil war to its eventual break-up in the face of economic weakness and cultural and political discontent in the late 1980s. Emphasis will be placed on the role of Lenin in the creation of the USSR and the rise to power of Stalin; the impact of industrialisation, collectivisation and Stalinist repression, followed by the traumatic events on Soviet society of the Great Patriotic War.

Against the background of the Cold War, you will study: post-war Stalinism; Khrushchev’s rise to power and the arms race, followed by an assessment of the Brezhnev era and an analysis of the attempts to liberalise the Soviet regime under Mikhail Gorbachev in the second half of the 1980s, during which time flaws in the regime became all too apparent.

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY504

The Making of Modern Medicine

Most of us experience sickness at some time and have to seek help from medical professionals and can therefore appreciate the life-changing significance of medical ideas and treatments. The history of medicine has, in recent years, produced considerable exciting work and this course introduces some of the theories, sources, and methods employed by historians and others to study the subject.

Focusing upon the period between 1700 and 1950, it combines historical analysis with themes emphasising the importance of wider developments in British and international medical history.

Examples are drawn from different periods and the course underscores the interdependency of theory, written sources and clinical practices using a wide range of sources including institutional records, medical textbooks, photographs, cartoons and other artwork, private memoirs, clinical drawings, diagrams, and medical equipment.

 

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY507

Society, Culture and Politics in the First World War

The module examines the impact of the First World War upon society, culture and politics in Europe. It also addresses the extent to which imperial rivalry ensured that a conflict between the European Great Powers became a truly global conflict.

The module covers the War’s impact on social attitudes, such as its influence on the campaign for women’s rights. It discusses the War’s role in driving political and economic change. There is a discussion of the War’s effects on social structures and the extent to which it transformed the relationship between citizen and state.

The experience of fighting is examined, covering issues such as soldier morale and the psychological impact of modern warfare. The cultural legacy of the conflict is assessed, including the language and rituals that arose from the process of remembrance and mass bereavement. There is engagement with debates on the definition of Total War and comparison with later conflicts, particularly the Second World War.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY508

Triumph of the Dark: Europe Between The Wars 1918-1939

This module will examine the most important instances of change and continuity in European, including British, history between the First and the Second World War. You will look at the long-term impact of the First World War on European politics, culture, society and economics, leading into a discussion of some of the major crises of the interwar period, such as hyperinflation and the Depression.

The module will go on to analyse to what extent these crises led to the spread of new ideologies, such as fascism and communism across much of Europe, and how these ideologies came into conflict with each other. We will also analyse how these ideologies changed European societies and culture. The module will be assessed by a combination of essay, seminar participation, and presentation.

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20 Credits
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Practical
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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
core
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
core
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Code: 6HY502

Continuity and Change in Contemporary Britain

This module examines the evolution of contemporary British society and politics, through a study of key themes and debates in the history of Britain since 1951.

This will involve the discussion of issues such as the evolution of the Welfare State; the basis of the postwar 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; and the impact of Thatcherism.

The module will also consider the challenges which have faced Britain as a consequence of her retreat from world power. There will be an assessment of Britain's handling of the transition from Empire to Commonwealth, a consideration of Britain's attitude towards European integration and her relationship with the United States.

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Code: 6HY503

France: Conflict and Society, 1940-1962

In this module, you will explore the changing nature of French culture, politics, and society between the outbreak of the Second World War and Algerian independence in 1962; a period of continuous conflict, during which France was fundamentally transformed, from a weak and declining power in the 1930s to its position of economic power after the ‘thirty glorious years’ of economic growth, prosperity, and modernity.

Throughout most of the period under consideration, the right or centre-right held power in France, although it would be harried by a reformist social democratic Left and the French Communist Party with its fellow-travellers.

Indeed, some historians have advocated that modern France has been in a state of virtual civil war, frequently referred to as les Guerres Franco-françaises, that have consistently surfaced at varying levels of extremes. Examples are provided by the seemingly perpetual conflict between the extremes of Left and Right throughout this period; for example, the clash between Vichy and the Free French and between the Resistance and forces of collaboration; witness also the continual battle between Catholic interests and Republican ideology; the role of the French intellectuals as the self-appointed watch dogs (chiens de garde), of the French political scene, system and policy, especially with regard to criticism over France’s wars of decolonisation in Indochina and Algeria and over France’s position vis-à-vis the United States and the Soviet Union in the world of the Cold War.

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY504

Historians and Material Culture

This module will introduce you to the theories and practices that support the use of material culture by historians. The module explores different disciplinary approaches to material culture studies, including those used by archaeologists, sociologists and art historians.

It also looks at specific examples of material culture in order to consider how they can help historians to understand past societies and their ideologies; these will range from small items such as teacups to large buildings such as cathedrals.

You will be taught how to describe and analyse objects and throughout the module, the importance of material culture to historians will be debated. The lectures and seminar discussions will be supported by a wide range of illustrative materials and sources, and there will be a field visit that will enable you to see different examples of material culture in situ.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY505

Keeping The Peace? Conflict, Power, and Diplomacy Since 1945

This module will deal with some of the most momentous events in International Relations from the Cold War to the twenty-first century. It will begin with an examination of the Cold War, its origins and course.

You will then analyse to what extent the security environment of the 1990s and 2000s was drastically different from that of the Cold War, studying how the East-West conflict has given way both to smaller regional conflicts, for instance in the Middle East, and to a North-South conflict between supposedly developed and developing states. Attention will also be paid to global security challenges, such as terrorism, and contemporary debates about the nature of war and peace.

You will think critically about the mechanics of international relations, assessing the relative importance of nation-states, international organizations and non-state actors. The module will be assessed by a group presentation and an essay.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
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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
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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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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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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
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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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

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UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

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International

£14,045 per year

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* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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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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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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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.

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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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