Exploring primarily modern and contemporary history, our course is diverse, international in focus and innovative. While focusing on war and conflict, immigration, racism, nationalism and empire, you’ll explore, debate and evaluate the key events and ideas that have shaped our world.
This course will hone your ability to absorb, understand and communicate complex information. As you progress through the course, we’ll challenge you with more in-depth explorations and you’ll be supported by a passionate teaching team who provide an interactive and dynamic learning environment.
You will choose from a broad range of modules which are taught by lecturers who are leading experts in their fields. We cover British, South Asian, European, African and North and South American history and also offer unique specialist topics such as history of photography, history of sport and leisure, and history in the workplace. By studying a mixture of year-long and half-year modules you can expand your learning and experience a variety of different teaching methods and assessment patterns.
- Develop a wide range of transferable skills by learning how to research and communicate complex information effectively. Our graduates use these skills to forge successful careers across a range of professions including teaching, the law, marketing and the heritage and museum sector.
- Specialise in distinctive areas such as photographic history, history of sport and leisure, war and conflict, migration, history and employability, ethnicity and racism.
- Learn from academics with international reputations who utilise innovative teaching methods to deliver a lively learning experience, which is enhanced by lectures from visiting guest speakers
- Boost your career prospects through placement and internship opportunities – our students have gained valuable skills at a large regional newspaper, the award-winning King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester, as well as teaching in Spain.
- Enhance your studies through DMU Global, our international experience programme. History students recently learnt about Jewish immigrant life in New York, discovered Danish heritage in Copenhagen and explored the legacies of authoritarian rule in Berlin.
- Benefit from organised visits to archives and museums such as National Archives in London. You can also access DMU’s own historical collections, such as the Stephen Lawrence Papers, the Ski Club of GB archive and the Kodak collection, held at the Kimberlin Library.
Structure and assessment
- Presenting and Representing the Past
- The Making of the Modern World
- Twentieth Century Europe
- Modern Britain, 1760–2000
- British India 1857–1947
- Visualising the Modern World 1860-1950 (half-year option)
- Newton to Nuclear – An Introduction to the History of Science
- The Historian’s Craft: Sources and Methods in History
- Dissertation Preparation (half-year option)
- Mass Observing Britain in War and Peace, 1936-1951 (half-year option)
- The Cold War
- History in the Workplace
- Unity and Diversity in the United States
- History and Heritage (half-year option)
- Sport and the British Empire (half-year option)
- Nationalism, Racism and Genocide in Twentieth Century Europe
- Yugoslavia and Beyond
- The Olympics (half-year option)
- Photography and Conflict (half-year option)
- The Sporting Body (half-year option)
- Borders and Boundaries: Legacies of Colonial Rule: India and Pakistan since 1947
- Environment and Society in the Americas (half-year option)
- Textual Studies Using Computers
Facilities and features
Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.
Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty’s Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.
The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
There are plenty of opportunities to undertake work experience or placements while studying at DMU. Unlike many other History degree courses, this can be done through the curriculum so that your time on placement counts towards your degree mark.
Our students also undertake work experience outside of their studies, such as acting as History mentors for GCSE students in local schools and colleges and working in local museums, archives, and libraries. These include: the King Richard III visitor centre, Leicester County Council photographic archives and Leicestershire Library Service.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
DMU History students have access to a wide range of international experiences that will complement their Historical studies through the #DMUglobal initiative. Previous visits have included Germany, United States and the Caribbean.
History at DMU has very strong graduate employability rates.
The course equips you with excellent subject-specific skills, from analysis and research to reasoning and evaluation. You will also develop aptitudes and characteristics that will improve your employability such as initiative, teamwork and communication. In the second year, there is a specific module, History in the Workplace, which enhances your employability. You will have the opportunity to do a short work placement in a relevant industry (i.e. schools, museums, archives) and there are sessions designed to further enhance your job hunting skills such as writing CVs and covering letters, and preparing for interviews.
History undergraduate study prepares students for a wide variety of different occupations and professions. Many of our graduates have forged successful careers after studying with us. For example, we have graduates working for a major law firm in the City of London whose clients include Arsenal FC and the London Olympic Legacy group, an archivist in the National Archives, a reporter for the Daily Express, a university History lecturer and a teacher for Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
Around 15 to 20 per cent of our graduates go on to pursue postgraduate study. Master’s courses in History, Politics and International Relations are particularly popular options, as are postgraduate teacher-training courses (PGCEs).
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