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BAModern History

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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The modern period marked an age of discovery and globalisation; a time of rapid change, brutal wars, and a belief in the possibility of societal and scientific progress. Our BA Modern History allows you to specialise in this exciting period, studying the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 18th century to the present day.

You investigate the intersection of the ideas, cultures and economics of different people over the last 200 years of western history. This introduces you to the relationship between today’s ‘modern’ world, which assumes the significance of political liberty, global interdependence and sexuality, and events and ideas which originated in the 18th and 19th centuries.

You also choose from a broad range of topics including:

- The spread of communist-inspired revolutions in China, Russia, and Latin America
- The origins and consequences of the Cold War
- Slavery and its demise in the Atlantic world
- Imperialism in India and Africa

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, with the majority 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.

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.

Programme structure

Year 1

The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989
Becoming a Historian
Introduction to US History (optional)
Society, Culture and Politics in Europe 1500-1750 (optional)
Media, Culture and Society (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
History Works: Beyond Your BA
Gender in Early Modern England (optional)
The Making of Modern Brazil (optional)
Life in the Three Kingdoms: Societies and cultures in early modern Britain and Ireland (optional)
Supernatural and Natural Worlds in Early Modern Europe (optional)

Final year

Independent Research Project
The Russian Revolution 1905-1932 (Special Subject) (optional)
Women, Gender and Sexuality in US History (optional)
Witch-Trials in Early Modern Europe and New England (optional)
Metropolis: Urban Germany 1900-1945 (optional)

Career opportunities

Our graduates 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.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including:

City of London Corporation
Sage Publications Ltd
IPC Media

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States