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BA History / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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"What I love about Manchester is that it doesn't just explore history from the official perspective.
"You can explore it from a cultural perspective, from a feminist perspective, those who have maybe been left behind."Xenia Bellwood / BA History Student
Our BA History course will give you the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your own interests while learning from one of the largest concentrations of historians in Britain.
You will be able to choose course units covering a wide range of periods and topics, including ancient, medieval, modern and economic and social history, as well as the history of science, technology and medicine.
In Years 1 and 2, you can also take course units in other disciplines, including languages, the humanities and the social sciences. There are also opportunities for you to spend part of your degree studying abroad.
Students will have the option to specialise in a particular area of interest or continue to study a broad range of areas in their final year, when you have a choice of units covering topics such as British, European, American, African and Asian history at different periods, culminating in a 12,000-word thesis.
You will receive expert training in analysis and critical reasoning while developing important transferable skills in communication and presentation, argument and debate, teamwork, research, and time management, all of which will help prepare you for life after university.
"We can learn so much from the past. It's made me understand some of the more current problems.
"I think no other university that I looked at before applying gave you so much selection and gave you so much freedom to actually do the modules you want to do."Hanna Matt / BA History Student
Placement year option
Apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks.
You can apply to spend one semester studying abroad during Year 2, with exchange partners including those in Europe as well as the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Our students can take part in history-related activities outside of the course, including the Manchester Histories Festival .
Explore world-class collections
Enjoy unique opportunities to explore special archived material and carry out research in a wide range of archives, libraries, museums and other research institutions in Manchester and beyond.
Our Flexible Honours initiative may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject in conjunction with History.
Teaching and learning
You will learn through a variety of channels, including lectures, face-to-face and online seminars, and small group tutorials.
We encourage students to undertake independent study at every level.
Coursework and assessment
Assessment procedures in different course units vary, but our basic objective is to achieve a good balance between formal examinations, continuous assessment and project work.
The Year 3 dissertation is a major piece of original work, accounting for 22% of the final overall mark.
Course content for year 1
Designed to assist students with the intellectual and academic transition to university study, level 1 modules focus on introducing students to key conceptual and methodological issues in relation to studying History.
All students take History in Practice, in which students learn important skills in research and writing to equip them for historical study at university level.
Course units for year 1
|History in Practice||HIST10101||20||Mandatory|
|From Reconstruction to Reagan: American History, 1877-1988||AMER10002||20||Optional|
|Constructing Archaic Greek History||CAHE10011||20||Optional|
|From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC||CAHE10022||20||Optional|
|The Making of the Mediterranean||CAHE10132||20||Optional|
|The Story of Britain||CAHE10141||20||Optional|
|Cities and Citizens||CAHE10231||20||Optional|
|Discoveries and Discoverers: Sights and Sites||CAHE10282||20||Optional|
|Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt||CAHE10651||20||Optional|
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Course content for year 2
Modules become increasingly specialist and the programme offers significant choice and flexibility.
Students write an Independent Research Project, which is an extended piece of coursework supervised on a one-to-one basis on a topic of the student's choice.
Course units for year 2
|Independent Research Project||HIST20390||20||Mandatory|
|Work and Play in the USA, 1880-2020||AMER20112||20||Optional|
|From Jamestown to James Brown: African-American History and Culture||AMER20141||20||Optional|
|The American Civil War||AMER21001||20||Optional|
|The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great||CAHE20041||20||Optional|
|The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age||CAHE20052||20||Optional|
|Politics and Society in Classical Greece||CAHE20061||20||Optional|
|Roman Women in 22 Objects||CAHE20532||20||Optional|
|Weimar Culture? Art, Film and Politics in Germany, 1918-33||GERM20262||20||Optional|
|Making of the Modern Mind: European Intellectual History in a Global Context||HIST20181||20||Optional|
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Course content for year 3
Students may specialise in the periods and subjects that they have found most interesting.
All students write a History Dissertation, which is an extended piece of coursework based on independent primary research and supervised on a one-to-one basis on a topic of the student's choice, which our students generally find to be the most enjoyable and fulfilling part of their studies.
Course units for year 3
|Thesis (40 credits)||HIST30970||40||Mandatory|
|The Visual Culture of US Empire||AMER30521||20||Optional|
|The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers||CAHE30881||20||Optional|
|Egypt in the Graeco-Roman World||CAHE31401||20||Optional|
|Culture and Society in Germany 1871-1918||GERM30722||20||Optional|
|London and Modernity 1880-1960||HIST30101||20||Optional|
|Empire, Gender and British Heroes, c.1885 - 1985||HIST30622||20||Optional|
|Gender and Sexuality in Modern Africa||HIST31001||20||Optional|
|China & the West: From the Opium War to the Olympic Games||HIST31201||20||Optional|
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What our students say
I've just returned from Venice where I conducted some archival research in the Archivo di Stato di Venezia as part of my history dissertation.
It was one of the highlights of my course and a completely new experience for me.
I got to work with 16th century hand-written documents which was so exciting and challenging.
Vendula Hoppe, History with French BA
As well as taking advantage of the University Library and study spaces such as Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, you will be able to explore a wealth of archives, libraries, museums and other research institutions in Manchester and beyond, including the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, John Rylands Library and the Manchester Museum.
Visit the Facilities page on the History website to find out more.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office .