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History (Renaissance/Modern and Modern) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I study?

This course builds a sound knowledge of modern world history through a wide range of topics, sources and study skills. You will learn to understand the motivations and backgrounds behind modern world events and identities. When you arrive at Warwick, you will choose either the Renaissance and
Modern, or the Modern stream.

Within these you have flexibility to choose from a variety of study options, spanning geography and time, so your course can change as your interests evolve. These cover British, European, American, Asian and African history, enabling you to specialise in areas of pre-existing academic interest or to
explore new and constantly evolving global histories. You can also choose outside options from a compatible academic field, including a foreign language. You will learn to assess and analyse large quantities of information taken from historical sources including texts, images and film, and to present well-structured conclusions. We encourage you to develop your own thoughts and arguments, and to critically analyse others before presenting your own case.

Your first year comprises core modules Making of the Modern World and Making History, covering key subject knowledge and research skills. Those studying the Modern stream can also choose one
option, while those on the Modern and Renaissance stream will complete the core module The Medieval World alongside an Italian language module, in preparation for the third-year ‘Venice term’. Second and third-year options examine topics including British imperialism, slavery, and the significance of gender, crime, religious conflict or health in history. For the first term of their final year students in the Renaissance and Modern stream study at Warwick’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in Venice.

How will I be taught?

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. Third-year study is heavily weighted towards seminar teaching and includes an individually supervised 9,000-word dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive regular feedback throughout your course on developmental assignments and assessed essays, and will sit end-of-year exams.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

History students choosing the Renaissance and Early Modern stream on arrival at Warwick 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.

    Entry Requirements

    A level AAA, to include History.

    International Baccalaureate 38 points, with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.

    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 outlined on p50 or at
    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

    We welcome applicants with nonstandard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications

    Further Information

    Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with nonstandard qualifications.

    Open Days: If you are given an offer you will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day in February, March or April. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

    What modules could I study?

    The Single Honours History degree programme offers a well-structured history degree, built around core modules in each of the three years, while allowing a wide range of options to suit individual interests. You will choose between two broad pathways: Modern History, which includes some early modern history but allows the maximum choice of options, or Renaissance and Modern History which places greater emphasis on the early modern period including one term of the final year spent studying the Italian renaissance in Venice. The choice of pathway is made when students arrive at Warwick.

    Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

    *The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

    What careers can a Warwick degree in History lead to?

    Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including; Aequitas, KPMG, UBS, BBC, Teach Africa.

    Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Alumni Relations Officer, Business Development Analyst, Events Manager, Civil Servant, Currency Broker.

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      * NB. Applicants for Single Honours History do not need to indicate a preference for one of the two streams on offer. The choice of stream is made when students arrive at Warwick.

      Essential information

      Entry Requirements
      A level:
      AAA including History
      38 points with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.

      UCAS code

      3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

      Department website
      Department of History

      Student blogs

      Bronwyn Edmonds - History

      Jamie Jenkins - History

      Phoebe Singer - History

      Matt Woodrow - History

      Location of study
      University of Warwick, Coventry

      Tuition fees
      Find out more about fees and funding.

      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 on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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      This information is applicable for 2018 entry.