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Entry requirements

A level


Grades BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points to include BCC plus one AS or EPQ - General Studies and Critical Studies are not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma


A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

4/C in both English Language and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


29 points overall including a minimum of 5.5 from two Higher Level subjects (no specific subjects required).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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UCAS Tariff


112 from grades BBC or BCC plus one AS/EPQ

About this course

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Full-time | 2022



Explore the events, forces, and ideas that have shaped modern and international history with this fascinating three-year degree.

You will develop a strong understanding of major political, cultural, social and economic forces that have shaped the world, and will learn about a wide array of societies and cultures.

- Study topics ranging from Conflict in world history to the United States in the twentieth century, and Digital storytelling to Women in popular music

- Gain experience in the tools and techniques of historical research and engage in independent research projects of your own choosing

- Learn from research-active academic experts in British, European, Asian, American, Russian, transnational and global history

- Broaden your expertise with elective modules from City’s respected courses in international politics, sociology, English, journalism, psychology, and creative and cultural industries

- Prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate study and career options in areas such as publishing, the cultural sector, museums and heritage, consultancy, and public policy

- Develop vital skills such as independent research, teamwork, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, leadership, time-management, and written and oral communication.


In year 1 you will study world history from the ancient world to the modern era, gaining an understanding of historical methodology and digital history. Select elective modules from a wide choice of complementary disciplines.

Core modules include:
• The Development of the Modern World
• Conflict, Conquest, and Cultural Encounter in World History
• The Bigger Picture: History in Contemporary Politics and Culture
• History in the Age of Digital Information
• From Rule, Britannia! to Brexit Britain: Britain and the World in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
• From Empires to Union: Europe in the Twentieth Century”

Elective modules include:
• Myth and Mysteries of World Politics
• The Making of the Modern World Economy
• Media History and Politics
• Exploring London

In year 2 you will examine the ideas and ideologies that have shaped the modern world, and broaden your historical knowledge with a range of national and regional histories. Apply your research skills beyond the classroom and begin to focus on professional skill development.

Core modules include:
• Ideas in History: from the Enlightenment to Post-Colonialism
• Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century
• Ordering the World: International Thought in the Twentieth Century
• The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century
• Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present
• The Making of Modern Japan
• India in the Eighteenth Century

Elective modules include:
• Work Placement
• Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change
• Transnational Social Movements
• Comparative Asian Politics
• Violent Politics
• Web Creation and Digital Storytelling

In year 3 you will conduct a major piece of independent research on a subject of your choice. Deepen your historical knowledge and develop your professional skills with elective modules reflecting diverse scholarly and applied disciplines.
Core modules include:
• History dissertation
• History Dissertation Research and Writing Seminar
Elective modules include:
• Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
• Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History
• Comparative Empires in the Modern Era
• Genocide and the Holocaust in History and Memory
• Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
• American Foreign Policy
• The Global Political Economy of Development
• International Politics of the Middle East
• Politics of Forced Displacement
• Global Money and Finance
• The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
• Publishing in the Digital Age

Assessment methods

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, which may include coursework, essays, reading reflections, unseen exams, oral presentations, group assignments, and a history dissertation. Assessment will emphasise both intellectual rigour and skills that will be crucial in your subsequent professional life.

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