History BA (Hons)

About the course

History at DMU is for anyone who loves modern history. The History course begins by looking at the general outline of modern history and progresses over the course of the three years to more specialised, research based modules. You will gradually increase both your historical knowledge and your historical skills to a high level.

Reasons to study the History degree course at DMU

  • Focus on modern and contemporary history

  • Specialisms in European, British, Indian history, sports history and the history of ethnicity

  • Taught by leading researchers

  • Excellent results in the National Student Survey

  • Innovative teaching which makes extensive use of web-based learning

  • Staff committed to giving you a high-quality learning experience

  • Opportunities to study abroad (USA, Turkey, Cyprus)

  • Field trips each year, recently students have had the opportunity to visit Germany, Russia and Serbia

Year one is foundational, and the marks do not count towards your overall degree. However, you must pass this year to move on to the second year. In the second and third year there are no compulsory modules. You will specialise in particular areas of your choosing. The modules have been specifically designed to develop skills in historiographical analysis and primary source work.

Key facts

UCAS course code:  

History BA (Hons) V100
History with Languages BA (Hons) V1R9

Duration:  Three years full-time, six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


  • Normally 280 points with a minimum of 180 points from 2 full A levels and including grade C in History or
  • National Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. 

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching at DMU is interactive, informal and enjoyable. We will encourage you to develop your own thoughts, ideas and viewpoints.

Learning takes place in a number of different ways:

  • Lectures: where you are introduced to key themes and debates (usually lasting about one hour)
  • Seminars: you are encouraged to discuss and interact with each other by giving presentations, examining documents, and working in small groups to exchange ideas (usually lasting about one hour)
  • Individual tutorials: one-to-one sessions with a member of staff

Course modules

The DMU History curriculum operates on a system of modules which cover the whole of the academic year. Please note, the modules taught and offered can change year on year due to staff availability and student numbers.

Year one  (all compulsory modules)

  • Presenting and Representing the Past
  • 20th century Europe
  • Britain in Transition 1760–1939
  • The Making of the Modern World 1789–2001

History BA (Hons), Level 4 (Year1), Reading List 2013-14|

Year two

The modules will be drawn from the following list:

  • The Second World War
  • The Cold War
  • The Development of Modern Britain
  • US Ethnic History
  • Sport and Leisure in 20th Century Britain
  • British India 1857–1947
  • Englishmen and Foreigners
  • History and the Workplace
  • Visualizing the Modern World

Year three

The modules will be drawn from the following list:

  • Dissertation (a 10,000 word project: compulsory for Single Honours, optional for Joint Honours)
  • Racism in 20th Century Europe
  • Sport and Society in GB, Europe and the USA c1850–1940
  • Rural Britain in the 20th Century
  • Orwell and the English
  • Maps and Borders: India and Pakistan since 1947
  • Yugoslavia and Beyond  

Academic expertise

History staff| at DMU are renowned nationally and internationally for the quality of their teaching and research. You will be taught by experts in their field, the people who are writing the books you are reading. History at DMU also has the internationally acclaimed International Centre for Sports History and Culture. Staff work hard to ensure that the student experience is a lively, dynamic and stimulating one.

Work experience and placements

The History team organises visits to see local archives, as well as trips to cities such as Munich, Berlin, Serbia, Moscow and St Petersburg. There are also opportunities to spend time in one of our partner institutions in Georgia, North Carolina, Baltimore, Cyprus and Istanbul.

Graduate careers

History prepares you for a variety of careers and professions: teaching, museums and heritage, retail, administration, marketing, personnel, journalism, archival work, tourism, or for postgraduate study. Here are some of the things our graduates have gone on to do:

  • Sarah worked as an archivist in the photographic archives at the Imperial War Museum in London
  • Caroline is working as an education officer at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester
  • Jon is a history lecturer at another university
  • Patsy is a history teacher in a secondary school
  • Kevin is working for Ericsson in Sweden

Employment statistics for DMU History graduates are very good. Many of the key figures in British public life today are History graduates: in politics (many cabinet members); in broadcasting (Nicky Campbell, Simon Mayo); biographers (Andrew Morton) and in business.

Fees and funding

2014 entry

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees:  £11,250 per year 

Learn more about fees and funding information 2014|


Learn more about our Undergraduate scholarships and awards| information.

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com|

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70


“I chose to study at DMU as it had a lively and vibrant campus which combined city living with the convenience of a campus style university. Retrospectively I feel that I certainly made the correct choice. I chose to study history as I had a long standing interest in the subject. Additionally it is a well respected academic discipline which I felt would assist my future in a variety of professions.”

Tom Inker, BA (Hons) History

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“I felt my lecturers believed in me which gave me the confidence to strive for goals which seemed out of reach.”

Helen Haxell, BA (Hons) History and Politics, research editor for Dods Parliamentary Communications

Other study options

History (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)|

Languages pathway You can also study English with a languages pathway. Students taking this route will study one 30 credit module of their chosen language each year. Languages offered French and Chinese (Mandarin). Learn more about History with Languages BA (Hons)|
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