BA in Modern History

Brunel University London, United Kingdom
BA in Modern History
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 3,385,827
Course Accredited By NA
3 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

Perhaps history has always been an interest for you or it’s something you’ve developed an interest in by studying it at school or college. Either way, everyone on the Modern History BA at Brunel starts off on the same level playing field, without the need for a history qualification.

  • History is about understanding what it means to be human. Studying and analysing it will take you back into the societies of the past to help you understand contemporary issues all the more. It’s also a subject that will help to demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs, which will be an asset in so many fields of work
  • Your studies at Brunel will focus on the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world in the modern period, looking closely at life as it was lived then, observing differences, similarities, patterns and connections with the present day.
  • Along the way, you will build a toolkit of transferable skills gained through evidence gathering, analysis, problem-solving, drafting and communications, which can be applied to a wide range of industries within the public and private sector.
  • Opt for a placement year and you’ll be adding a year’s experience in a job role and industry sector that will help to show future employers where you might be a good fit for their organisation. Your placement doesn’t have to be related to history and you’ll get plenty of support from staff and resources in the University’s Professional Development Centre to help steer you in the right direction.
  • The course has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London,including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum),The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum,among others. Additionally, the original WWII operations bunker used by Sir Winston Churchill on the former RAF Uxbridge site is a walk away from campus where Brunel students regularly volunteer.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • The course content is made up of a variety of subject area strands that can be studied across all three years of the programme. At every level, there are modules relating to each strand. After taking the compulsory modules in the first year, you can choose to study across a range of strands, or specialise in particular strands. Below is a list of the strands
  • African History: This strand covers the entire sweep of African history, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Emphasis is placed on internal African social, political and military developments, as well as relations between Africa and the rest of the world, with a view to understanding its complex present.
  • British & European History: This strand will introduce you to the interconnected histories of Britain and continental Europe. There will be a chance to rethink questions of politics, nationalism, borders and institutions as well as what makes up the disparate and common threads behind the shared experiences of the European peoples.
  • Historiography and Sources: This strand trains you in the historical method: what historians do, how they study the past, and what makes an historian. You will examine historical debate and historiography, fake debates (such as Holocaust denial), and the importance of primary sources. This will equip you with the skills for your final-year dissertation.
  • Imperial and Commonwealth History: Maritime empire forms the heart of this strand. There will be particular emphasis on Britain’s enduring role in Australia and the Caribbean. Maritime exploration as well as economic exploitation will punctuate this topic.
  • International History: This strand focuses on war and diplomacy in the modern era. This can include studying intelligence and national security as well as cold war international relations and major armed conflicts such as the world wars or the Arab-Israeli disputes
  • Race and Gender History: This strand explores histories of race and gender in Britain and the Americas, from slavery to mancipation, patriarchy to women’s suffrage, and segregation to civil rights
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

  • PP1607 The Problem of the Past
  • PX1605 - Migration and the Settler World, 1600-1914
  • PP1605 Conflict and Diplomacy in the Modern Era
  • PP1604 Europe in a Global Context
  • PP1608 Africa and the World
  • PP1606 Introduction to Race and Gender History

Year 2

  • PX2603 - Historians and their Craft


  • PP2030 - US Foreign Policy from World War 2 to the end of the Cold War
  • PP2061 Issues in American Politics
  • PP2613 - National Security Intelligence
  • PX2604 - The First World War - Causes, Course, Consequences
  • PX2605 Australia and The Modern World
  • PX2606 Themes in the History of Modern Africa
  • PX2609 - History of the Women’s Movement in the West, c. 1790-1930

Year 3

  • PX3001 - Dissertation


  • PP3001 - Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • PX3411 - The Second World War
  • PP3605 Parliamentary Studies
  • PX3608 The British Maritime World, 1660-1815
  • PX3611 Violence
  • PX3612 The Creation of the Western Alliance 1945-1955
  • PX2602 - Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World
  • PP3613 Borders, Nations and Belonging

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