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History BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
Flexible part-time

How to Apply

Coventry University


September 2018



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Do you have a fascination with the past and its impact on the present? Both are essential interests when undertaking a History degree!

An examination of the political and social changes that have shaped our world lies at the heart of this course: understanding the past can help us to make sense of the present.

By exploring the political, cultural, social and environmental history of pre-dominantly Britain, Europe and America, we will consider some of the defining moments and events of 19th and 20th century. You can also choose from a variety of specialist subject areas, such as the history of ideas, gender, globalisation, international crime, race, conservation and documentary making. 

We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% employed or in further study six months after graduating. The development of intellectual and professional skills valued by employers is embedded into the course; you will have opportunity to improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis problem-solving, and media production.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

The analysis and interpretation of history provide an essential context for evaluating contemporary institutions, politics, society and culture. It can also provide a unique insight into human civilisation.

This course investigates the impact of ideas and ideologies that have shaped our perception of the world. We focus on the impact of social, political and cultural changes which have affected the development of society. We also consider the relationship between our past and present, specifically how understanding the evolution of culture and society can allow us to enact positive change today.


of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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The first year considers the rise of the modern nation state and early struggles for independence. We will touch on some of the enduring themes in the creation of national identities, such as race and racism in the context of the legacy of colonialism, imperialism and slavery.

You will be introduced to the key theoretical and policy approaches to the study of race and racism, incorporating concepts and ideologies such as race, ethnicity, assimilation, integration, multiculturalism, and community cohesion. We will consider these in the light of issues to do with immigration, political representation, legislation, the criminal justice system, employment and housing, which are pertinent today.


  • Rise of the Modern Nation State in the Western World

  • From Empire to Welfare: Britain 1900-1951

  • Introduction to Political Ideas

  • Race and Racism: Sociological and Historical Perspectives

  • History of the Atlantic World and Globalisation


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In the second year, we will study the development of Europe and deepen your knowledge of the history of the United States; its culture, conflict and key social changes. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of international crime through the historical developments of traditional criminal organisations, such as the Sicilian mafia, Japanese Yakuza, Chinese Triads and Russian clans.

We will learn about the relationship between humankind and the environment and how attitudes towards the spaces in which we live have driven social changes.  


  • The Making of the United States

  • The International History of Europe

  • A History of International Crime

  • Humanity and the Natural World: A History

    Introduces the developing area of environmental history and examines the impact of humans on the Natural World over time.

  • A Graduate Career

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • People Politics in Britain 1800-2000 
    • History of Modern Political Thought 
    • Global Inequality and Development


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have studied at partner institutions in the France, Germany, the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, and South Korea.


Your studies culminate in either a 10,000-word dissertation or the production of a documentary film. You will choose the topic of your dissertation or film, allowing you to explore and research an area of interest to you. Past students have chosen exciting topics such as the reconciliation of states after World War II, state-supported doping in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, the development of the Green Movement in the US, the experience of prisoners of war, piracy in the early modern period, women in the Civil Rights Movement and the Native American experience.


  • The Third Reich 1933-1945

  • Dissertation in History

  • Optional modules

    3 from the following:

    • Race and Resistance in the US
    • Documentary Making for Historians: This module provides an opportunity to understand the mechanics of documentary making and how you can use the medium of film and the digital space to reach and inform wider audiences. You will produce your own short documentaries as part of it.
    • Global Organized Crime
    • Women’s Lives in Britain and the US 1800-1939
    • History and Politics of the Far Right in Britain and France
    • Post-War Germany 
    • An Inconvenient History: The Green Movement
    • Study Trip 


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • 100% of students were in work or continuing their studies after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 97% for the quality of teaching.
  • Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
  • Extensive employer links with both the public and private sector, including the BBC, Houses of Parliament and the NHS.
  • Join our active student-led Humanities Society, which has organised fieldtrips to the Houses of Parliament and other locations across the UK.
  • Placement opportunities which have previously included Coventry City Council and a range of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
  • A wide range of international fieldtrips which have previously included trips to New York to make documentary films and central Europe to visit historic sites such as Concentration Camps, and Brussels in visit the centres of European policy-making.
  • Teaching staff who are research active have published on a wide array of topics ranging from the history of Native America, the history of film, new media production for the humanities and the evolution of popular culture to espionage and intelligence history and the social and cultural history of Britain’s Home Fronts during the two world wars.

Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Our main study themes are:

  • Social history: We analyse the transformation of social classes in Britain during the period of transition from late Victorian Imperialism to the modern day. We will examine the development of the welfare state, comparing theories, ideologies and principles of welfare: liberalism, social democracy, conservatism, New Labour, radical critiques (Marxism, feminism etc.). We analyse the lived experience of life in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War and the ways in which racial minorities have empowered themselves throughout American history. We also explore the history of the environmental movement.
  • The media and history: We analyse the relationship between the media and society with a particular emphasis upon the ways in which film, novels, comic books, and journalists have helped to shape the modern world.  Students will also engage with new media production during their studies, learning how to create short films and other new media projects to spread their ideas.Global Political History: You will be introduced to the ways in which the emergence of the Atlantic World, and later globalisation, altered the cultural, social, and economic realities of all involved. We study historical change from the 15th century to present day. With an emphasis on the Atlantic world – Europe, Africa, and the Americas, we examine the exchange of cultures, goods, peoples, and ideas, incorporating major themes of social and political change, war and diplomacy, and social development. 

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time, with students starting in September.

Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will be taught by staff with recognised authority in a diverse range of fields – the history of Native Americans and the American frontier, ideology and party politics in Britain, 20th century German history and the politics of the far right, the history of the green movement and eco-communities. You will use a wide range of sources including contemporary documents, online archives, film footage and radio recordings to explore various aspects of the past. You will participate in debates and, in your second year, participate in new and evolving learning environments based upon our research-led teaching philosophy.

Our experts will integrate the latest research into your teaching, exposing you to the latest ways to interpret the past. For example, students will engage in a new and evolving cultural history of the United States which explores the links between the country’s past and its tumultuous present. 

You will have the opportunity to go on international and domestic fieldtrips, including accredited trips to Sicily and Berlin. In the recent past, fieldtrip destinations have included Strasbourg, Nuremburg, and Jamaica. We also host an exciting programme of guest speakers covering topics such as organised crime, international history, and life as a holocaust survivor.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all assessment in advance. Assessment varies between modules; some will be split between coursework and examinations, others by coursework only.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 50%
  • Coursework: 50%

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.  

50% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Events, issues and controversies that are the subject matter of modern and contemporary history.
  • The varieties of history and the changing nature of historical debate.
  • The methods and approaches employed in the study of history.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse and address managerial problems, take decisions and identify appropriate solutions in a creative and constructive manner.
  • Write and communicate your ideas effectively.
  • Appreciate and produce new media projects.
  • Locate a range of information sources, to gather and marshal relevant evidence successfully
  • Construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments utilising the relevant key concepts and approaches in the relevant disciplines.
  • Work independently with increasing self-confidence and to reflect upon the process of learning.
  • Work within a group, to negotiate, to learn from others and to lead an activity.
  • Manage time effectively, to set objectives and to evaluate the performance of oneself and others.
  • Develop and debate ideas and to sustain arguments effectively both orally and in written form.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching per week. This will involve a mix of lecturers, seminars, workshops, one-on-one meetings, and new, innovative learning environments.

This might typically break down as: 

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of one-to-one contact with lecturers per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours per module per week of seminars, workshops and group work.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.



In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 23 hours of self-directed studying, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time.

One of the key features of this course is that it provides an international experience through both the content of your course and the opportunity to spend time abroad. The course is taught from an international perspective with both British and global scholars collaborating to produce new learning experiences.

We are keen to provide an internationalised student experience, so will also support you if you wish to study abroad. We have links with some of the most prestigious European universities, such as the Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Lund in Sweden and the University of Political Sciences in The Hague. If you do not speak a foreign language, we can arrange a study year at an institution where courses are taught in English.

We organise a range of annual study trips, which have included trips to Berlin, Sicily, Brussels/Strasbourg, Krakow and the US. On these trips, students have met with former Stasi prisoners, holocaust survivors and had talks from a range of academic experts. They have toured budding cultural centres in places such as Harlem in New York and have participated in the production of documentary films about ongoing cultural and political developments with deep historic roots. Previous students spent a week in Sicily, for example, examining how the anti-mafia organisation Libera has been working to combat organised crime. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£12,600 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

Throughout the course, your academic study will be combined with broad-based skills development. When you graduate, you will have had opportunity to develop a range of transferrable skills, which are highly valued by employers, including excellent communications, critical thinking and analysis, strong presentation and listening skills.

These skills, together with your knowledge of the world, would make you suited to careers in government, business, media production, digital publishing, journalism, lobbying, campaigning, voluntary organisations and international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or the European Commission.

Our Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. You’ll have access to a designated employability officer who can advise you on career opportunities and give support to help you develop tailor-made job applications.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

In addition to postgraduate courses and research, recent graduates have entered careers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the BBC, and Sky. Others are developing careers in defence, security in media management, teaching and business.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

Studying History was great for me because of the focus on modern history. There was a diverse choice of modules, with a good balance between political and social history, depending on your preference. Also, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for a year at The Hague University, allowing me to study history from another perspective, grow as an individual and meet some wonderful people from all over the world.

Rhianna Carrasco, BA (Hons) History, graduated in 2016, now Project Manager for ASOS.

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.