The study of the human experience helps us to understand the world around us, it helps us to comprehend cultures and how history is made. By studying a course which explores the world since 1492, we foster historians that offer a considered perspective about the relationship between the past and future, thinking critically about the world through the lens of the past.
History (BA) is a course which is designed to facilitate your engagement with the historical forces which have led to the emergence of the modern world. It caters to those who wish to understand how human societies have changed over time. It fosters critical thinking skills whilst inviting you to analyse how forces, such as racism, gender constructs, class, political identities, war, and the environment have intersected, interacted, and evolved. The course helps you to engage with primary (historic) sources, providing opportunities for you to engage with the materials upon which historians rely as well a broad range of voices from marginalised communities. Assessments are varied and innovative. Opportunities are embedded throughout the course which will allow you to develop a portfolio of not only written pieces, but media artefacts and international experiences (which include accredited fieldtrips and online international learning projects).
We offer you a unique way to study the past:
- engaging in independent research projects,
- immersed in contemporary sources,
- connecting to peers in a range of international settings, and providing opportunities to engage in creative, media-based assessment types.
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.
To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
We are currently in the process of a major redevelopment of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities buildings. The building will be open to the public as well as students, and will feature an expansive gallery space.
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What our students say...
Studying history here with a focus on modern times has not only been useful and interesting, but practical in the world of today. The balance of modules I have taken tilted in favour of social history, with a diverse range of political, national and international history modules enriching that balance. In addition to being inspired to study environmental history as a postgraduate student, I have had the chance to study at the University of Limoges as part of the course, where I gained international experience and intercultural skills, including learning French.
The study of the past allows you to understand the present and to shape the future. By studying History (BA) at Coventry you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in historic periods, develop critical thinking skills, and to foster key transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.
of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course
For full time students, the first year examines how the foundations of the modern world were laid. It considers the rise of the nation-state, the collision of cultures which occurred between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and early struggles for independence against Empires. You will be introduced to the ways in which historians go about investigating the past. This will include engaging with historic documents, as well as being introduced to key theoretical approaches to the subject. You will also develop media projects and to begin constructing a portfolio of historic projects.
For part-time students, the first year will explore the historians craft, taking in a broad series of case studies from across the past five hundred years. In your second year, you will then begin to explore the history of our interconnected world, including the history of globalisation and the founding of modern nation-states.
- Historians on Trial
- Power, Persuasion and Propaganda
- Nations and Nationalism: from unifications to annihilation
- From Empire to Welfare: Britain 1901-1951
- History of the Atlantic World and Globalisation
Part-time students will study Historians on Trial; Power, Persuasian, and Propaganda; and From Empire to Welfare: Britain, 1901-1951 in their first year. You will then study Nations and Nationalism: From Unifications to Annihilation, History of the Atlantic World and Globalisation, and an Add+vantage module in your second year.
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.
If you’re studying the course full time, in your second year, you will begin to deepen your knowledge about the history of Europe and the United States, engaging with their cultures, conflicts and key social changes. These will include the rise of different political and social movements in Europe, race and civil rights, the struggles of indigenous peoples, and imperialism. You will also learn about the relationship between humankind and the environment and how attitudes towards the spaces in which we live have driven social changes. In addition, there are options to gain an understanding of international crime through the historical developments of traditional criminal organisations, such as the Sicilian mafia, and you will study the history of espionage and its role in helping to shape modern British history. You will also deepen your understanding of how historians achieve their goals, with new opportunities to engage with historic sources across a wide array of coursework types, including those which will give you further opportunities to create media products. You will also learn core graduate skills which will help you to begin preparing for success in your post-university career.
Students studying the part-time option will, in your third year, develop an understanding of the key social and political changes which shaped the United States as well as studying the relationship between humankind and the natural world and the international history of Europe. In your fourth year you will study the history of espionage in the British Isles as well as choosing from one of the optional modules listed below.
- The Making of the United States
- The International History of Europe since 1900
- The Shadow Warriors: Modern Britain and Espionage
- Humanity and the Natural World: A History
1 from the following:
- A History of International Crime
- Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe
- War and the Media in Britain 1875-2003
Part-time students will study The Making of the United States; Humanity and the Natural World; and The International History of Europe in their third year. You will study Shadow Warriors: Modern Britain and Espionage; Optional Module; and Add+vantage module in their fourth year.
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.
After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement*.
You can opt to go on a work placement or study abroad year and if selected, you will be registered onto a module which runs for a full academic year between years 2 and 3. You must have a confirmed placement or study abroad opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year to participate in the study abroad/placement year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements. You can only progress onto the relevant work placement or study abroad module if they successfully complete the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits).
Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no additional tuition fees apply. While the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of a marked assessment reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of this assessment, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.
*Please note that the University cannot guarantee any study abroad or work placement opportunities and that such opportunities may be subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements (which may include extending any Tier 4 visa upon successfully securing a placement or study abroad opportunity), and additional costs (e.g. accommodation and travel)). To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard and for further details, please contact the International Office if you are an EU or International student.
Past students have studied at partner institutions in the France, Germany, the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, and South Korea.
Study Abroad Year
Your studies culminate in either a dissertation, the production of a documentary film, or by launching a curated exhibition. You will choose the topic of your dissertation, film, or exhibition 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 history. You will study the history of race in the United States, examining the ways in which ethnic minorities have found ways to empower themselves in the face social and political repression. You will also have the chance to engage in specialised studies of the history of the Third Reich; Women’s Lives; the environmental movement; organised crime; post-war Germany as well as the opportunity to take an accredited study trip which requires coursework to be completed based on such a trip (subject to availability, additional costs application and meeting any applicable visa requirements).
Students studying the part-time option will, in their fifth year, study the history of race, resistance, and civil rights; and complete the first part of your Final Project. You will also choose two optional modules (see below). In your final year, you will select a module of their choosing (see below) and complete your Final Project.
- Race and Resistance in the United States: A History
- Final Project in History - Part 1
- Final Project in History - Part II
- The Third Reich 1933-1945
- Women's Lives in Britain and the US 1800-1939
- Post-War Germany
- An Inconvenient History: The Green Movement
- Global Organised Crime
(Subject to availability, additional costs, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements)
Part-time students will take Final Project – Part I; Optional Module in semester one (Post-War Germany; The Third Reich; or Global Organised Crime); Optional Module in semester two (Studytrip; An Inconvenient History; or Women’s Lives in Britain and the US), and Race and Resistance in the United States in their fifth year. In your sixth year, you will take Optional Module in semester one (Post-War Germany; The Third Reich; or Global Organised Crime); Add+vantage module; Final Project in History – Part II.
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom Guardian University Guide 2020
In more detail...
- International experiences: a range of field trips* which turn learning experiences into international experiences; an optional sandwich year; and collaborative online international learning (COIL) to develop global citizens who are sensitive to the needs of a range of international communities.
- Tactile learning: engagement with historical artefacts such as newspapers and other documents to learn about how societies were informed, and shaped.
- Innovative learning and assessment: learn how to use digital tools to produce documentaries; create video and radio podcasts; development of digital literacy skills.
- Critical thinking: a focus on the ways in which critical questioning of the past can help you to understand the social, cultural, and political forces which have shaped societies through the present day.
- Academic Community: The creation of learning experiences built around collaboration and research, taught by a group of historians who are accessible and who work with you to help you build a portfolio of experiences which will aid them in preparing for the post-graduation market or further studies.
- Specialised degree paths: Specialise in an exciting range of topics and themes within the history programme. These include American history; Modern European history; Espionage Studies; Environmentalism; organised crime; and the history and politics of the far-right.
- An emphasis on fieldwork and engaging with local communities to explore, analyse, and tell their historic stories.
*Travel costs for mandatory field trips are covered by the University’s flying-start scheme. The cost of optional international field trips are borne by the student. All field trips are subject to availability, application and visa requiremeents.
- 100% of students were in work or continuing their studies after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
- 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019
- A wide range of international fieldtrips (which may be subject to additional costs, application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements). Previous fieldtrips have 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. he 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.
- We provide an interesting variety of specialisms, ranging from modules on espionage, environment, war and the media, to the far-right and the evolution of the globalised modern era.
- We embrace new technologies. Whilst fostering critical thinking and a command of the written word, we aim to produce graduates capable of harnessing digital technologies – film making, podcasting, and content curation – and equipped with the skills to conquer the graduate labour market.
Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
The United States, Environmentalism, Espionage, Organised Crime, Media and War, Radical Right, Europe, Pop Culture.
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 who work in a diverse range of research areas – 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 teaching staff will integrate the latest research into your teaching, exposing you to the latest ways to interpret the past. For example, you 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 (which may be subject to additional costs, availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements). 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 (subject to availability).
Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, formal examinations and coursework.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue rewarding careers in a number of sectors.
In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 8 hours per week in semester one and 12 hours per week in semester two, which is made up of a mixture of lectures, workshops, and seminars.
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.
History students have the opportunity to engage in credit and non-credit bearing field trips. At level three students have the option of taking the accredited field trip module with Berlin, Sicily, and Brussels and Amsterdam as the choice of destinations.
The history team also run non-credit bearing field trips and have taken students to:
- Amsterdam and the Hague
- Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest
- Munich and Nuremberg
- New York
In addition to field trips, students also have the opportunity to take part in Collaborative Online International Learning with peers in international institutions.
Please note that all fieldtrips may be subject to additional costs, application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements.
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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.
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
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
What our students say
In my first year I went to Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest and in my second year I went to Iceland. They were both amazing trips, getting to socialise with other members of the course you would not necessarily hang out with getting to know the people in the years below and above you.
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A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.
The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.
Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas
The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.
Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.
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What our students say
Coventry offered an exceptional course with many module options, inviting students like myself to challenge the past and offer our own take on matters. The modules are succinct and fit together well – all are linked and that is something that couldn’t be matched by many other universities I looked at.
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.
2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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.
2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)
If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.
2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)
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 tripsAny mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.
Key materialThis can include core textbooks, software and equipment.
Laser prints1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.
Optional yearPay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
What our students say
I enjoy seminars the most. Although daunting in the first year once you get to know your course mates and lecturers, they become a really interesting and even fun place to discuss and debate what you have been leaning the week prior.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
Throughout the course, your academic study will be combined with broad-based skills development. On successfully completing this course, you will have had the 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, could open opportunities 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.
The university's Talent 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.
We are committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Careers of graduates have included:
- Graduate roles
- Teaching careers
- Masters courses
- Working at an NGO or Charity (project based roles)
Where our graduates work
Graduates have gone onto various roles as listed here:
- Graduate Recruitment roles - Harvey Nash, Premier Group
- Government affairs advocacy coordinator at Saint Gobain
- Police Now graduate development programme
- Graduate Development Management programme at Enterprise Rent a Car
- Graduate development British Transport Police
- Royal Navy graduate programme
- Charity Works graduate programme
Teaching careers (various locations and organisations)
- Youth development groups (City Year, Explore Learning)
- Teach First
- Special education needs (SEN) schools
- Youth camps – UK and International
- Business Development Executive at DHL
- Senior Internationalisation Admin at Coventry University
- JET (Teaching in Japan) programme
- NCS – National Citizens Service
Masters course and university location
- Diplomacy, Law and Global Change – Coventry
- Gender Studies – Sussex
- Environmental History – St. Andrews
- Modern History – Warwick
- International Relations – Coventry
- History of War – Kings College
- Early Modern History – Birmingham
- International Relations – Manchester
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- Human Rights – Sussex
Working at an NGO or Charity (project based roles)
- Women’s Aid
- Coventry Haven
- Citizens Advice
- City of Culture
Local City Council, Local Government, Politics
- Working with an MP
- Political campaign work
- Local Government Scheme
Civil Service – Government Social Research, Human Resources, Houses of Parliament.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.