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History Modules

The Department of History offers a fascinating variety of undergraduate modules. These extend from the ancient world to the present day, touching on social, political, economic, and cultural issues in British, European and world history.

Click here for information on History at Part I.

Second and third year students

Our modules are available to History major and Combined major students and they can also be taken as minor subjects by students who have passed our first year History course - From Medieval to Modern: History and Historians (HIST100).

In the 2nd and 3rd years, history students take:

Core modules 14 Weeks 5

15   List of Core Modules»
Optional 2xx modules 10 Weeks 5 15 List of 2xx Modules»
Special Subjects (3xx) 23 Weeks 6 60 List of Special Subjects»
Dissertation (HIST300)   6 30 More about HIST300»

In addition, the Department of History offers a number of dedicated Special Study Modules for students based in the Centre for Medical Education only.


Core Modules for second year students

HIST250: The Nature and Practice of History

This module is designed to introduce you to theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline of history, with the help of particular historical case studies. It is taught through a combination of lectures and workshops.

Compulsory for: all History (Major and Combined Major) students.

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HIST251: Writing History: Questions, Methods, Conclusions

The module is designed to equip you with the skills necessary for the inception, planning, and preparation for a major historical project. It is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and an intensive Dissertation Workshop Conference.

Compulsory for: History Major (including Medieval and Renaissance Studies) students and only those Combined Major students who choose to take the dissertation pathway.

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Optional 2xx modules - for second and third year students

They are also available as minor subjects to students who have passed the first year history course. These courses run once a year in either Michaelmas or Lent term. They are delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars/workshops but delivery may vary from module to module.

The following 2xx Modules are available in 2014-15:


Ancient & Medieval History

Early Modern History

Modern History

Historical Methods


Special Subjects - for third year students

Special Subjects are available to third-year History Major and Combined Major students.They run for a year and are available to 3rd year students only. They are delivered in seminar format over 23 weeks, plus through individual consultations. Special Subjects are intensive and offer the opportunity to final-year History students to study a subject of their choice in depth, with extensive use of primary sources and a close learning relation with their tutor.

The following Special Subjects options are available in 2014-15:


The Dissertation module (HIST300) gives you the opportunity to work in depth gaining the satisfaction of working independently and of making a topic your own.

The module is compulsory for History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies Major students. From 2014-15 it will also be optional for Combined Major students.

For further information please contact the course administrator.

Please note that not all History modules listed below run each year. Tutors may be on sabbatical leave or courses may not recruit minimum numbers and, whilst the Department makes every effort to give students early warning where a course will not be available in a particular year, unforeseen circumstances sometimes result in late changes in course availability.


Special Study Modules

These specialised modules are availabe to students based in the Centre for Medical Education only.

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