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History (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

This course will help you to understand the motivations and background behind world events and identities. You’ll build your knowledge of modern and early modern world history through a wide range of topics,
sources and study skills.

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You’ll choose either the ‘Renaissance and Modern History’ or the ‘Modern History’ stream. Within these you have flexibility to choose from a variety of study options, spanning geography and time. Our ‘Modern History’ stream provides a great deal of flexibility, while our ‘Renaissance’ stream enables you to select some options and spend a term studying in Venice. You can also choose outside options from a compatible academic field, including a modern language.

You can choose either the Renaissance and Modern, or the Modern stream.

On the Modern stream, the first year is built around our two core modules. The first provides an introduction to the history of the modern world through themes like the Enlightenment, the rise of democracy, industrialisation, imperialism and political cultural revolution. The second explores how historians practise history through the research process, from primary sources to the presentation, dissemination, manipulation and consumption of historical interpretation. If you choose to take the Rennaissance and Modern stream, you will also take the same two core modules as those on the Modern stream. You will also study a module in Italian, which will help prepare you for your time in Venice in the final year.

In the second year, students on the Modern stream take our core module, ‘The European World,’ one early modern optional module and two other options, either from History or from an outside department. The Venice students continue to learn Italian alongside ‘The European World’ module and another early modern core module.

In the final year, whether in Venice or Warwick, you will complete our ‘Historiography’ core module and take two options, again covering the whole chronological and geographical range of our teaching. For students studying in Venice, this will take place in the first term of the final year. You will be given a choice of bespoke options when you return to Warwick for the spring term. All single honours students research and write a dissertation in the final year.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, web forums, podcasts, workshops, presentations, film analysis, group work and field trips. For core modules there are usually two lectures and one hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars. Seminar groups are small, providing a valuable opportunity for you to work closely with your lecturers. Many modules focus on well-established themes in political, religious, cultural or social history while others explore topics far removed from the usual A level syllabus.

You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials alongside assigned reading. Our tutors also use film, visits to archives, libraries and museums, and other types of field trips to bring modules to life. This is best exemplified by our tutors in Venice, who use the city, its geography, and its art and architecture in their teaching.

Contact hours

For core modules in first year there are usually two lectures and an hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars.

You will receive regular feedback throughout your course on developmental assignments and assessed essays, and will sit end-of-year exams. During your third year study is heavily weighted towards seminar teaching and includes an individually supervised 9,000-word dissertation. We consider feedback on written work to be an essential part of our teaching. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to attend feedback tutorials following the submission of your essays.

The Renaissance and Early Modern stream on arrival at Warwick will spend the autumn term of their final year studying with Warwick tutors in Venice. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Our Careers and Skills department offer a wide range of workshops, from developing confidence and interview techniques to learning how to articulate what you have to offer in order to impress potential employers. Online resources are also available, including a CV and covering letter example library, practice aptitude and psychometric tests, online interview training and resources to help you research job vacancies.

You will also be able to book an appointment with a careers advisor for History at any point during your degree, whether you have no idea what you want to do, or if you have a clear direction in mind and need specific advice and guidance.

A level: AAA to include History

  • IB: 38 with at least a 6 in Higher Level History

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Making of the Modern World

This module contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a worldwide scale. The module moves away from a Eurocentric and narrative focus, and provides more scope for historical approaches based on culture, identity and environmental history. Central features of the module are:

• The Enlightenment, Revolutions & Modernity

• Modern Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism and Fascism

• Industrialisation and the Problem of Global Inequality

• Imperialism, Globalization, and Questions of Race

During this module, you'll develop your writing, analytical and critical skills through writing essays and evaluating a range of materials including oral history, film, music and architecture.

Historian's Toolkit

You will explore the practice of history through the process of academic enquiry, from researching primary sources to the presentation, dissemination, manipulation and consumption of historical interpretation. You will learn to engage critically in scholarship using different media, and gain practical skills in interpretation, written and digital communication, and in constructing a plausible argument to support your findings.

The Medieval World

This module is designed to provide a thematic introduction to European history of the later medieval and Renaissance periods. Investigating topics such as feudalism, economics, religion, culture, the family, politics and war, you will develop the necessary study, writing, communication and IT skills to critically analyse both primary and electronic sources and to formulate and test your hypotheses. By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Medieval World between c.800 and c.1500.

Year 2
The European World 1500-1750

You will concentrate on key aspects of the political, religious, cultural, economic and social history of early modern Europe. This team-taught module engages with themes as varied as 'reformations' and their consequences, elite and popular cultures, and European connections with the wider world, and you will be encouraged to view these in a broad and comparative context. You will develop an understanding of how far the pre-modern period is both interesting and important in its own right, and prefigures modern debates about such issues as tolerance of difference, the nature of identities and the evolution of the state.

An Early Modern second-year option module

Renaissance and Modern History only:

Italian Language and Renaissance Research Project

This module will support your study of Italian and prepare you for your final-year term of study in Venice. On completion, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Renaissance Italy and appreciate the practicalities of historical research, including a grasp of the value of a range of primary materials in Italian, and electronic resources. The course includes a presentation of your own research report to your peers.

Year 3

This module provides you with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise. By studying the evolution of history as an academic endeavour, you will reflect on how its underpinning concepts and methods apply across disciplines, and become familiar with contemporary debates on the theory and practice of historical writing. The insights you gain will increase your awareness of the Western historiographical tradition and its perception of — and impact on — the non-West. You will also develop your skills in study, research, and oral and written communication.

Special subject


Venice Term (Renaissance and Modern History only)

In this module you will analyse the cultural, economic, political, social and religious history of Venice and its empire from the late 14th to the late 16th century. You will combine a focus on Italian states with issues that have a wider resonance, such as gender, charity, disease, violence, ritual, and cultural and economic change. You will make informed use of an extensive and diverse range of primary sources, including Venice itself. You will engage in independent research and critical analysis, including participating in debate on the history and legacy of different historical concepts.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • A History of Africa from 1800
  • From the Revolution to the Drug War: Mexico’s Twentieth Century
  • Israel & Palestine after 1948
  • Reinterpreting the Holocaust
  • Sexualities, Ethnicity, Class
  • Medicine, Empire and the Body, c.1750-1914

It’s important that the skills and experiences you gain from your degree prepare you for life – including the career path you take. Our students graduate with a range of transferable skills. These typically include the following:

  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse large amounts of data
  • Intellectual rigour and independence in presenting findings
  • Ability to construct arguments and communicate findings
  • Competent research skills
  • Capability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency to deliver work to agreed deadlines
  • Capacity to solve problems, think creatively and approach challenges with an open mind
  • Knowledge and understanding of different factors that impact on individuals and groups in society

Recent graduate destinations include:
Account Executive, Analyst, Author, Broadcast Assistant, Business Analyst, Civil Servant, Community Organiser, Corporate Account Executive, Data Analyst, Digital Marketing Executive, Events Executive, HR Project Coordinator, NGO Programme Coordinator, Production Assistant, Research Assistant, Tax Graduate Trainee, Teacher, Writer/Editor.

Employers include:

  • Accenture
  • BBC
  • Barclays Bank Plc
  • Condé Nast UK
  • Deloitte, EY
  • House of Commons
  • KPMG, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ofcom, Penna
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Severn Trent Plc
  • Surrey County Council
  • Tesco


"It was wonderful to be a part of a large community."

My primary reason to join Warwick was based on the academic strength of both the History and Sociology departments. Both offered a wide variety of modules and allowed me the flexibility to choose the subject areas that most interested me or ones that I otherwise would not have the chance to study.

Looking back, I treasure the direct interactions I had with professors and fellow students the most. It was wonderful to be part of a large community of like-minded people with similar academic interests. "

Adelia Lau - Management, Food and Beverage

Studied 'History and Sociology' - Graduated 2010

Entry Requirements

A level AAA to include History

IB 38 with at least a 6 in Higher Level History


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

Start Date

October 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information please see the Additional Costs page.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.