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Undergraduate modules

We have a huge range of modules on offer for our undergraduate students.

You can choose modules that interest you by region, theme or period. An indicative list of current modules is provided below. The offering will vary from year to year. We constantly review modules based on our student feedback, and offer new module choices each year.

In your third year, you will take a primary source-intensive Special Subject module.  You can find out out Special Subjects here.

Modules in a Minute

You can see some of our academics dicsussing their modules and what makes them unique on this YouTube playlist

Module Information

Module code Period Theme Region Level Credits
Solitude in Life and Letters in Enlightenment Britain ESH6008 Early modern history Cultural Britain 6 15
The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities HST4102 Medieval Cultural World 4 15
Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy HST4107 Medieval Introductory Europe 4 15
Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800 HST4202 Early modern history Introductory Europe 4 15
Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801 HST4308 Modern and Contemporary Introductory Britain 4 30
Europe in a Global Context since 1800 HST4309 Modern and Contemporary Introductory Europe 4 30
Building the American Nation: 1756-1900 HST4310 Modern and Contemporary Introductory America 4 15
History in Practice HST4602 4 15
The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History HST4603 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Intellectual history World 4 15
Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History HST4604 Global World 4 15
Women and Gender in Medieval Islam HST5100 Medieval World 5 15
The Black Death HST5101 Medieval Europe 5 15
Latin for Medievalists II HST5106 Medieval 5 15
Outsiders in the Middle Ages HST5109 Medieval Religious, Cultural, Social Europe 5 30
The Crusades (1095-1291) HST5111 Medieval Religious, Cultural, Politics and political thought World 5 15
London Before the Fire: Life in a Medieval and Renaissance City HST5113 Medieval Britain 5 15
Women and Gender in Late Medieval England, c.1300-c.1500 HST5114 Medieval Britain 5 15
The Middle Ages in 20 Objects HST5115 Medieval 5 30
Architecture in London I 1600 - 1837 HST5200 Early modern history Social, Cultural Britain 5 15
The Georgians: Society and Culture in Eighteenth Century England HST5209 Early modern history Social, Cultural Britain 5 15
Africa in Europe, 1440 - 1650: Renaissance Encounters HST5210 Early modern history Social, Cultural, Art and architecture World 5 30
Catholics and Politics in England c1558-1603 HST5212 Early modern history Politics and political thought, Religious Britain 5 15
Society and the State c. 1520-1642 HST5213 Early modern history Politics and political thought, Religious Britain 5 30
Witches, Demons and Magic in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe HST5215 Medieval Europe 5 15
The Age of Impressionism: Art in France and Britain 1860-1900 HST5300 Modern and Contemporary Cultural, Art and architecture Europe 5 15
Anglo-American Relations 1945-70 HST5301 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought 5 15
Architecture in London II 1837 - to the Present HST5302 Modern and Contemporary Cultural, Art and architecture Europe 5 15
Britain and Europe 1945-73 HST5304 Modern and Contemporary Modern and Contemporary Europe 5 15
British Horror: Film, Television and Literature HST5305 Modern and Contemporary Film Britain 5 15
Challenging Europe''s Political and Social Order: the 1848 Revolution HST5306 Modern and Contemporary Intellectual history, Politics and political thought Europe 5 15
The Clinton Years HST5307 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought America 5 15
Disraeli, Democracy and Empire HST5308 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Britain 5 15
Early Modern Art in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1950 HST5309 Modern and Contemporary Cultural, Art and architecture Europe 5 15
Gladstone and Ireland HST5312 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Britain 5 15
Madness and Medicine in Modern Britain HST5314 Modern and Contemporary Cultural, History of Medicine Britain 5 15
Race in the United States: Slavery To Civil Rights HST5317 Modern and Contemporary America 5 15
Rewriting Europe: 1989 and the End of Communism HST5318 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Europe 5 15
Winning on the Western Front: the British Army 1914 -1919 HST5321 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Military Britain 5 15
Cabinet, Premiership and the Conduct of Central Government since 1945 HST5323 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Britain 5 30
A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890 - 1990 HST5324 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Social Europe 5 30
From the Tsars to the Bolsheviks: Russia 1801-1921 HST5327 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Europe 5 30
Victorian Values: Religion, Sex, Race and Deviance in Nineteenth Century Britain HST5332 Modern and Contemporary Britain 5 30
Japanese Film: History, Culture and Fantasy HST5342 Modern and Contemporary Film World 5 15
Narratives of the Raj: The History of Modern India, 1757-1947 HST5343 Modern and Contemporary World 5 30
Mandela''s World HST5345 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought World 5 15
War and Society in France Since 1870 HST5347 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Europe 5 15
Scandal and Corruption in American Politics HST5348 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought America 5 15
Cities of Empire HST5349 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Cultural World 5 15
The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900-2000 HST5350 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Cultural America 5 30
Contemporary Art and Society HST5351 Modern and Contemporary Cultural, Art and architecture Britain 5 15
From the Rise of Fascism to Berlusconi: Italy 1919-1996 HST5352 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Europe 5 15
The Cultural Cold War: Intellectuals and Spies in the Age of Communism HST5353 Modern and Contemporary Europe 5 15
History of Western Political Thought HST5601 Modern and Contemporary Intellectual history, Politics and political thought World 5 30
Arabic for Historians 1 HST5603 Modern and Contemporary 5 15
Arabic for Historians 2 HST5604 Modern and Contemporary 5 15
Latin for Medievalists 1 HST5605 Medieval 5 15
London and its Museums HST5606 Modern and Contemporary Art and architecture Britain 5 15
History Workshop HST5607 Modern and Contemporary 5 15
London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema HST5608 Modern and Contemporary Film World 5 15
Kingdoms, Empires, and Colonisation in African History HST5610 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought World 5 30
Renaissance Art in London HST5611 Early modern history 5 15
The Reform of Islam: the Legacy of Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) HST6101 Medieval Religious, Cultural World 6 15
England in the Fifteenth Century: the Paston Experience HST6103 Medieval Social, Cultural Britain 6 15
Islam and the West in the Middle Ages HST6106 Medieval World 6 15
The Hussites: Reform, Revolution and Apocalypse in the Fifteenth Century HST6200 Medieval Religious, Politics and political thought Europe 6 15
The World of the Nun: Convent Life in Renaissance Europe HST6208 Early modern history Religious, Cultural, Art and architecture Europe 6 15
Enlightenments and Revolutions in France, 1715-1799 HST6211 Early modern history Politics and political thought, Cultural Europe 6 15
Cold War America 1945-1975 HST6301 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought America 6 15
Marx, Engels and the Making of Marxism HST6305 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Intellectual history Europe 6 15
The Kennedy Years (I) and (II) HST6310 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought America 6 60
The Russian Revolution and Civil War 1917-21 (I) and (II) HST6311 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Europe 6 60
A History of Terror in the Modern Age 1858-2008 HST6319 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought World 6 15
''The Troubles'' in Northern Ireland HST6321 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Britain 6 60
The British Empire in Political Thought from the Eighteenth Century to the Twentieth Century HST6322 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought 6 15
Film History: The United States and the Second World War HST6324 Modern and Contemporary Film America 6 15
Reinventing Ourselves: Psychology, Sex and Chemistry in Modern Britain HST6327 Modern and Contemporary History of Medicine, Cultural Britain 6 60
The Germans and the Jews since 1871 HST6329 Modern and Contemporary Cultural Europe 6 15
Anxieties of Empire: Rumours, Rebellion and the Imperial Imagination HST6331 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Cultural World 6 60
Modern China: Wars, Revolution and the West HST6332 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought World 6 15
Exhibiting the First World War HST6333 Modern and Contemporary Military, Cultural Britain 6 30
Between the Citizen and the State: Voluntary Action in Modern Britain HST6334 Modern and Contemporary Social, Cultural, Politics and political thought Britain 6 15
We the People: Americans and their government from the Constitution to the Civil War HST6336 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought America 6 15
The British Empire in Political Thought HST6337 Modern and Contemporary Intellectual history, Politics and political thought World 6 30
Stalinism HST6338 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought Europe 6 30
The Atlantic Slave Trade: Africa, Europe, and the Americas from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries HST6339 Modern and Contemporary Politics and political thought, Cultural World 6 15
The Last Super Power and the New World Power: The United States and China in the historical context HST6341 Modern and Contemporary World 6 15
Making Sex: Bodies, Technology, and Knowledge in Modern Sexuality HST6345 Modern and Contemporary 6 15
Philosophical Britain: Cultural and Intellectual History, 1895-2012 HST6347 Modern and Contemporary Britain 6 15
Sex, Work and Liberation: Feminist Political Thought in the Late Twentieth Century HST6358 Modern and Contemporary 6 15
Banned! A History of American Censorship HST6368 Modern and Contemporary America 15
Piracy in World History HST6402 World 6 30

Further information

Broadly speaking, Level 4 modules are aimed at first year undergraduates, Level 5 modules at second year undergraduates and Level 6 modules at third years.

Level 6 Special Subjects are for third years. A Special Subject is an in-depth module which focuses in great detail on a short historical period.

They allow you to intensively study primary sources (perhaps including documents, novels, photograph, films memoirs, pictures, etc.) giving you a detailed and complex understanding of your subject.

Special subjects are taught in small group seminars, so you can discuss and develop your work and ideas in an intensive group environment.

Find out more about our modules.