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University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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From African-American slavery to Stalin’s Russia; from households in Essex to witchcraft in Germany; from the history of disease to revolutions in China. Our specialism in the early modern and modern periods allows you to explore some fascinating areas of history.

On our BA History you explore challenging questions concerning the impact of political, social and cultural change on individuals, social groups, and regions. At Essex we’re about social conscience, wondering why, and understanding the bigger picture. We teach you to find your own critical voice, and to view history through the eyes of ordinary people, giving them the voice they often lacked at the time.

You have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of optional modules, including:

- Family and communal life in Victorian England
- The history of European medicine
- Colonialism and the British Empire
- Urban life in Germany
- Renaissance Italy

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, with most of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We provide you with opportunities to explore local history, and have strong links with the Essex Record Office, one of the best county record offices in the UK.

You can also explore more international topics; our corridors are truly cosmopolitan, with an international research team and a high proportion of international students.

Programme structure

Year 1

Society, Culture and Politics in Europe 1500-1750
Becoming a Historian
Introduction to Latin American History: From 16th Century Conquest to 19th Century Modernization (optional)
Themes in Global History (optional)
From Disunity to Unity? An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century (optional)
Introduction to US History (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
History Works: Beyond Your BA
Literature and the Condition of England (optional)
Revolutionary Encounters: China and the World, 1780-1930 (optional)
Public History Project Module: Bourne Mill, Colchester (From the 16th to the 21st Century) (optional)
Gender in Early Modern England (optional)
Resistance and Rebellion in the World of Atlantic Slavery (optional)
Life in the Three Kingdoms: Societies and cultures in early modern Britain and Ireland (optional)

Final year

Independent Research Project
Death and the Undead in Britain and Ireland, 1450-1750 (Special Subject) (optional)
Witch-Trials in Early Modern Europe and New England (optional)
Fictions of Empire (optional)
The Common People: British Social History 1830-1950 (optional)
The Tudors and Stuarts on Film (optional)

Career opportunities

A history degree prepares you for a wide range of careers. For example, some of our BA History graduates have found employment as a warden for the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, a planning support officer for a local council, a senior underwriting assistant at CNA Insurance Company Limited, a researcher at the House of Commons, a graduate trainee for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and as a library assistant for the University of Cambridge.

Other graduates of our Department are currently employed in teaching, librarianship, museum and archive services, the Civil Service, local government, law enforcement, charity administration, banking, law, industrial and retail management, media research, electronic publishing, marketing, IT, health service administration, counselling, social work, and many other fields, including work with Sage Publications, the Royal College of Physicians Library and UK Anti-Doping (the national body for drug prevention in sport).

You have the chance to take advantage of a variety of paid and volunteer opportunities that provide work experience and develop your employability. Destinations have included the Essex Police Museum, the Rothschild Archive, the Marks Hall Trust, and local schools. You could also develop skills at the University by becoming a student ambassador, a student representative or a History Society events organiser. All such jobs include training and supervision.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States