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Modern History BA
Modern History BA

Modern History BA

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirement

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)

  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)

Course Information

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.

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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

  • PP1610 Race Britain and Empire

Year 2


  • PX2603 - Historians and their Craft


  • PP2030 - US Foreign Policy

  • PP2061 Issues in American Politics

  • PP2613 - National Security Intelligence

  • PX2604 - The First World War

  • PX2605 Australia and The Modern World

  • PX2607 - The State and Revolution

  • PX2609 - History of the Women’s Movement in the West, c. 1790-1930

  • PP2621 Colonialism and Decolonization

Year 3


  • PX3001 - Dissertation


  • PP3001 - Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • PP3605 Parliamentary Studies

  • PX3619 - Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World

  • PP3617 Long Walk to Freedom: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa

  • PX3411 - The Second World War

  • PX3608 The British Maritime World, 1660-1815

  • PX3611 Violence and Conflict in Eastern Africa

  • PX3612 The Creation of the Western Alliance 1945-1955

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Studying on the History degree programmes will provide you with key transferable employment skills based on a wide range of written and oral communication skills in addition to analytical and critical thinking skills.Our programmes are built with input from business professionals with the specific aim of helping you enter the workplace fully equipped and confident of your abilities.

Graduates from our BA Modern History programme have gone onto careers in a variety of private and public sectors such as working in government, NGO's, law, teaching, banking and researchers to name just a few areas.  Many also undertake further study in order to become specialists in a given field. 

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Insurance – Single: 300 GBP per year

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