Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will be studying at two top'ranking departments with outstanding research records. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You will have the opportunity to explore a coherent and compelling historical framework that brings history alive under the guidance of internationally'renowned specialists. The History Department has a vibrant and friendly atmosphere and a global reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. You will have the opportunity to benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a German'speaking environment. You can choose between partner universities such as Heidelberg, Munich and Vienna, teaching placements at German or Austrian schools, or work placements in business or industry.

Course Modules

German Year 1: German language 1; German language 2; reading German literature; truth, language and art: key questions in the humanities; modern Germany (history and society); introduction to comparative textual analysis; the birth of European film or reading European film 1. Year 2: German language 2 (grammar and translation); German language 2 (current affairs); history and politics as reflected in the German cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s; ideals and realities in German drama; narrative strategies in German prose fiction; introduction to modern European philosophy. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: German language 3. History Year 1: history and meanings part 1; history and meanings part 2; gods, men and power (an introduction to the ancient world, from homer to Mohammed); republics, kings and people (the foundations of European political thought from Plato to Rousseau); the rich tapestry of life (early modern England, Europe and the wider world, 1453'1789); conflict and identity in modern Europe, 1770'2000; Mao to Mandela (20th'century leaders of the non'western world); Rome to renaissance (an introduction to the middle ages); introduction to politics and government. Year 2 options: history of the British empire, 1763'1900; history of the British empire, 1899'1963; the rise and fall of the roman republic; Rome and its empire from Augustus to Commodus; globalising capital: Britain and the world, 1846'1913; the pursuit of power: Europe 1000'1250; religion, culture and society in Europe, 1000'1250; politics, pestilence and war in late medieval Europe, 1300'1500; the sacred and profane (cultural life in renaissance Europe); the European crucible, 1914'1945; the politics of postwar Europe, 1945'2000; 20th'century world history (the Asian resurgence); new worlds, lost worlds (the Tudor monarchy 1485'1603); killing the king (England in an age of revolutions 1603'1714); the Georgians (politics, society and culture 1688'1832); 19th'century Europe (society and culture, 1789'1890); 20th'century world history (the middle east, Africa and Latin America); medicine from antiquity to the medieval near east; the western powers and east Asia, 1839'1945; daily life in renaissance and baroque Italian cities (social and domestic life); Genghis khan and the Mongol legacy (1200'1500); the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires (1500'1700); international economic relations, 1917'1991; the Victorians, 1837'1901; modern British history, 1914'1973; history of the USA, 1787 to 1877; the united states in the 20th'century; Spain, 1898'1939; Spain from dictatorship to democracy, 1939'1989; awakening china: from the opium wars to the present day; the holy man. Year 3 options: England in the reign of Richard II; blasphemy, irreligion and the English enlightenment 1620'1720; religious culture in England, c.1375'1525; the causes and consequences of the fall of Constantinople, 1453; heresy, crusade and inquisition in southern France, 1140'c.1300; the empire in Victorian Britain, 1830'1870; Victorian social and political thought; berlin (a European metropolis in the 20th century); the history and historiography of the holocaust; the clash of powers and cultures (Sino'American relations during the cold war); enlightenment Paris, 1721'1789; Stalinism, 1917'1953; Christians and pagans from Constantine to Augustine (ad 306'430); representing authority from Henry VI to Charles II; Victorian Babylon (life, work and people in London, 1840'1890); comparing religious fundamentalisms in the 19th and 20th centuries; migration, identity and citizenship in modern Britain; the age of terror (terrorism from 1945 ' present); Genghis khan and his empire, 1150'1300; photography, film and British society 1850'1965; china and the world: migration and diaspora, 1800'1945; Malcolm X and African American Islam; modern Delhi (from Mughals to megacity); bomb, a history (atomic weaponry and society in the 20th century).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher

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91% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 94%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 44
Studying 39
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 36%

Total Coursework: 40%

Total Practical: 25%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation