Course Introduction

City’s BA History (Hons) explores the events, forces, and ideas that have shaped modern and international history. The programme has been designed in consultation with employers from fields including political and human rights consultancies, museums, and publishing. Professional development is embedded throughout the program at all levels.  The History BA (Hons) degree will particularly appeal to ambitious students interested in modern and international history. You will develop a strong understanding of major political, cultural, social and economic forces that have shaped the world, and will learn about a wide array of societies and cultures.

You will gain experience in the tools and techniques of historical research, work with digital information, and engage in independent research projects of your own design. You will benefit from our staff’s commitment to teaching and mentoring, as well as their research expertise in British, European, Asian, American, Russian, transnational and global history. You will also take advantage of City’s strengths in international Politics, Sociology, English, Journalism, Psychology and the creative and cultural industries through a range of elective modules.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate study and career options in areas such as digital information, publishing, the cultural and creative industries, the museums and heritage sector, consultancy, and public policy. You will develop vital skills such as independent research, teamwork, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, leadership, time-management, and written and oral communication. Based in a multicultural institution in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, this degree will take you on a journey through key historical developments in a range of nations, societies and cultures, and explore transnational interactions and globalising influences over time. The course will teach you how to understand, think about and research the past, and will allow you to enrich your studies with a wide range of modules from other disciplines, including International Politics and English.

The course emphasizes digital technology and digital information, and encourages you to think about the role of technology in society, culture, politics and historical preservation. The programme’s strength in digital history will enhance your studies and open the door to future careers in the world of digital information.

History graduates work in nearly every field as teachers, lawyers, consultants, creative and business executives, journalists, writers, filmmakers, activists, and public servants. To help you prepare for your future career, this course will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant for a range of professional settings. You will develop expertise in research, critical analysis, public speaking, teamwork, complex problem solving and community engagement that you can apply far beyond your studies.

Course Modules

First year core modules:

- The Development of the Modern World (30 credits)

- Conquest, Conflict and Cultural Encounters in World History (15 credits)

- The Bigger Picture: History in Contemporary Politics and Culture(15 credits)

- History in the Age of Digital Information (15 credits)

First year elective modules (choose at least 1 from):

From Rule, Britannia! to Brexit Britain: Britain and the World in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (15 credits)

From Empires to Union: Europe in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)

Myth and Mysteries of World Politics (15 credits)

The Making of the Modern World Economy (15 credits)

Media History and Politics (15 credits)

Exploring London (15 credits)

Second year Core modules

- Ideas in History: from the Enlightenment to Post-Colonialism (30 credits)

In addition to the core modules you will be able to choose six elective modules.

- Second year electives modules:

- Work Placement (15 credits)

- Web Creation and Digital Storytelling (15 credits)

- Cultural Politics in Contemporary Societies (15 credits)

- Fifty Shades of Red: Russia in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)

- Ordering the World: International Thought in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)

- The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)

- Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the present (15 credits)

- The Making of Modern Japan (15 credits)

- India in the Eighteenth Century (15 credits)

- Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change (15 credits)

- Transnational Social Movements (15 credits)

- Greek Musical Traditions (15 credits)

- Music, Fascism and Communism (15 credits)

- Comparative Asian Politics (15 credits)

- Violent Politics (15 credits)

Third year core modules

- History Research Seminar and Dissertation (30 credits total)

- Third year elective modules:

- Publishing in the Digital Age (15 credits)

- The International Marketing of Culture (15 credits)

- Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945 (15 credits)

- Revolution: Rebels and Riots in the Long Nineteenth Century (15 credits)

- Comparative Empires in the Modern Era (15 credits)

- The Holocaust in History and Memory (15 credits)

- Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music (15 credits)

- American Foreign Policy (15 credits)

- The Global Political Economy of Development (15 credits)

- International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits)

- Politics of Forced Displacement (15 credits)

- Global Money and Finance (15 credits)

- The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace (15 credits)

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £15,920 Overseas Fees