The Department of History offers a fascinating variety of undergraduate modules for second- and third-year students. These extend from the ancient world to the present day, touching on social, political, economic, and cultural issues in British, European and world history. These modules are available to History Major and Combined Major students; but they can also be taken as minor subjects by students who have passed Part I History (HIST100).
There are two categories of History modules that students can choose from:
In addition, the Dissertation Module (HIST300) is only available to, and compulsory for, History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies Majors. This module gives you the opportunity to work in depth gaining the satisfaction of working independently and of making a topic your own.
Please note that not all Part II courses listed below run each year. Tutors may be on 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.
Standard modules (Michaelmas or Lent term, second- and third-year)
All History standard modules are available to second- and third-year History Major or Combined Major students. They are also available as minor subjects to students who have passed Part I History. 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. All standard modules are worth 15 credits.
Special Subjects (year-long, third-year students only)
Special Subjects are available to third-year History Major and Combined Major students. They are delivered in seminar format over 23 weeks (10 weeks in Michaelmas Term, 10 weeks in Lent Term, and 3 weeks [revision seminars] in Summer Term), 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. Each Special Subject is worth 60 credits.