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BAModern History (4 Years Including Foundation Year)

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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On our four-year BA History (including foundation year), we work with you to improve your language skills, to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex.

You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.

At Essex, our BA Modern History allows you to specialise in the modern period, studying the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 18th century to the present day. 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.

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
- The demise of slavery 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).

Programme structure

Year 0

Political and Social Theory From Plato to the Present Day
An Introduction to the History of the United Kingdom During the Twentieth Century
Major Writers in English Literature
Academic Skills
Western Philosophy: Fundamental Questions, Major Thinkers

Year 1

The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989
Becoming a Historian
From Disunity to Unity? An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century (optional)
Introduction to US History (optional)
The Enlightenment (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
Revolutionary Encounters: China and the World, 1780-1930 (optional)
The African American Experience (optional)
South Africa: The Road to Apartheid (optional)
Human Rights in Historical Perspective (optional)
Sex, Class and War at the Movies: Britain, 1930-2000 (optional)

Final year

Independent Research Project
From Stalin to Putin (optional)
The Common People: British Social History 1830-1950 (optional)
China: The Long Twentieth Century (optional)
The United States and the Vietnam War (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:
Sage Publications
Royal College of Physicians Library
UK Anti-Doping

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