Contemporary History BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019

This is for you if... you want to concentrate on recent history alongside contemporary politics and international relations, with modules covering global topics.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
V140
Department
History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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Course enquiries
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School of History website

Course description

Course description

The Contemporary History BA is run in partnership with the Department of Politics and International Relations and is designed to emphasise the history of the recent past and integrate it with contemporary politics and international relations. The degree is aimed at students whose main interests lie in modern history and the contemporary world, allowing you to concentrate on a focused chronological period, with modules covering a broad geographical range.

You will learn about the various factors, particularly political factors, that shape historical events and our understanding of them. An appreciation of international relations is vital for analysing the fluctuating relationships that countries share with one another, either directly or through international bodies such as the UN. The topical nature of this course will not only help you understand the past but also prepare you to construct informed arguments about events that are unfolding today.

Your first year will be spent acquiring foundation skills and knowledge in your areas of interest. Later on you will have the freedom to select your modules and build a degree around topics that inspire you. With experts in a plethora of topics, you will always be able to find modules that pique your curiosity and quench your thirst for knowledge – from peopling Australia to the history of alcohol in America.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-Level. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level + EPQ at grade B. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level with  6 in one Higher Level subject.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of History.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The School offers several practical or placement modules so that you can gain hands-on experience in your chosen career path. For instance, our 'History in the Classroom' module includes practical teaching experience by incorporating a placement in a local school.

The School routinely develops paid internship opportunities for our students to gain additional, relevant work experience during their degrees. Roles such as research assistant, conference organiser, and editorial assistant have been offered in recent years.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2 (History dissertation)

Year 2 (History dissertation)

If you plan to take the History dissertation in your Final Year, you should take these modules:

Core modules

Option modules

You will also choose four option modules, one each from: List 1A/B (History), List 2 (Politics), List 3A/B (History) and List 4 (Politics).

List 1A: History modules

List 1B: History modules

List 2: Politics modules

List 3A: History modules

List 3B: History modules

List 4: Politics modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2 (Politics dissertation)

Year 2 (Politics dissertation)

If you plan to take the Politics dissertation in your Final Year, you should take these modules:

Core modules

Option modules

You will then choose four option modules:

  • one from List 1A/B (History)
  • one from List 3A/B (History)
  • one from List 4 (Politics)
  • and another one from List 3A/B or List 4

If you choose two List 3 History modules, there must be one from 3A and one from 3B.

NB. List 2 modules are not available if you take this route.

List 1A: History modules

List 1B: History modules

List 3A: History modules

List 3B: History modules

List 4: Politics modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of English has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final year (History dissertation)

Final year (History dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

Finally choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final year (Politics dissertation)

Final year (Politics dissertation)

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

Finally choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

More than 90% of our research has been designated internationally significant, meaning our academics are among the world's best in their subjects.

Our staff expertise covers history from every part of the globe and from the medieval to modern periods. This is reflected in the diversity and breadth of modules that you can study.

The University Library contains some fascinating historical archives, including the East Midlands Oral History Archive, featuring 30 years of recordings dating back to the Victorian period.

You will be taught by academics at the forefront of their fields. Their enthusiasm and the opportunity to contribute your own ideas makes for an exciting learning environment.

Teaching and learning

We teach through a variety of methods, ranging from large lectures to seminars to individual tutorials. Lectures are used to provide historical narrative and to raise key historical questions and areas of debate; seminars are where you share your opinion about those debates and put forward your interpretation of history. The first year normally sees about ten contact hours per week, and greater emphasis is placed on small group teaching and independent study as you progress through the degree.

Assessment is through exams and coursework comprising long and short essays, source analyses, group projects, and both group and individual presentations. Approximately two thirds of your final degree mark will be based on your coursework; one third on your exams.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Major/Minor degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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