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 spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have strong links with major universities in metropolitan France as well as Belgium, Switzerland and La Reunion.

Course Modules

French Year 1: perspectives on modern France (crisis, nation, identity); the visual image in French culture and society; heroes and anti'heroes in their social and cultural context; language, communication and society; landmarks (reading the classics of French literature). Year 2: cinema in France; writing romance and desire; French (the linguist's view); culture and ideology; stage and screen in France. Year 3: advanced French linguistics; Arthurian romance; gender and transgression in early'modern French literature; redefining the erotic in contemporary French literature and film; fictions of history (narrative, film and event in early modern France); image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (from cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); the libertines (narratives of experience in early modern France); the passion of place (desire and identity in modern Paris). 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 34
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD

Key Course Information

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94% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 86%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 70%

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

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 10
Unknown 5

17% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 36%

Total Coursework: 39%

Total Practical: 25%

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

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