BA (Hons) History

Discover humanity’s rich tapestry of successes and struggles – and equip yourself for a future career enriched by the past.

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Overview

From ancient civilisations and great empires, to terrible battles and the roots of our modern society, history is a vast landscape to explore and understand.

The past is part of our every day lives, shaping our world profoundly. Study history and you won’t just learn about what happened in the past. You’ll develop a better understanding of the how and why of the events that make us who we are. In other words – you won’t just discover the story, you’ll investigate and interpret its sources, impacts and meanings.

This degree programme offers a roadmap for exploring the social and political landscape of human history. You’ll look at a huge variety of times and places – immersing yourself in wars and famine and poverty, charting technological leaps and social progress, and unearthing conspiracies, catastrophes and revolutions. And that’s just in your first year.

Staff researchers are constantly searching for new discoveries, fresh perspectives and unknown aspects of our history, bringing this history alive in the classroom. With this degree we give you the skills to understand the world and how this affects societal developments.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad, including in the US, if you wish, and also the option to do your third year as a placement in Britain or abroad. 

This course has a Foundation Year available.

*From 2020 onwards, this course will also be available with a placement year option. See ‘Year 3’ in course details below for further information.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed in a wide range of industries including museums, galleries, heritage sites/historic houses, heritage organisations and charities, record offices, archives, building conservation, horticulture and nature conservation, national and local government, libraries and universities. Some graduates may also be interested in teaching after studying history at degree level, and go on to study for a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education).

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112

Minimum 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A Levels or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 DMM or Advanced Diploma).

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Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Studying history at Manchester Metropolitan University will allow you to enjoy a programme of study that offers a wide and fascinating scope of time and place, from the bustling streets of Ancient Athens and Rome to the missile silos of the Cold War.

Students are offered the opportunity to undertake collaborative projects with museums, art galleries or other external partners, equipping you with practical 'real world' experience and helping you to gain a competitive edge in the graduate jobs market.

In Year 1 you will be introduced to a variety of historical periods and themes.

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Core Units

Global History 1: Empires, Migration and Cultural Encounters

This unit provides a fundamental survey of world history. It introduces you to the histories of relocation, encounter, empire, and migration, which have all shaped our world. It uses a comparative and transnational approach, via case studies, introducing general themes in the history of migration and cultural exchange associated with mobility, imperial expansions and post-colonialism.

Global History 2: Empires, Migration and Cultural Encounters

This unit provides a fundamental survey of world history. It introduces you to the histories of relocation, encounter, empire, and migration, which have all shaped our world. It uses a comparative and transnational approach, via case studies, introducing general themes in the history of migration and cultural exchange associated with mobility, imperial expansions and post-colonialism.

Radical Manchester 1

This unit examines the rise of the modern metropolis, focusing on Manchester, the world’s first industrial city. For 250 years, Manchester has been a place of innovation and change, where decisive societal developments often happened first, affecting people in Britain and across the globe with breath-taking intensity and speed. The city of Manchester is therefore a useful magnifier to study social, economic and cultural transformations of modern British, European, and wider world societies from the 18th to 21st centuries. Whilst focused on Manchester, the unit is comparative in its approach to other global regions over time and place.

Radical Manchester 2

This unit examines the rise of the modern metropolis, focusing on Manchester, the world’s first industrial city. For 250 years, Manchester has been a place of innovation and change, where decisive societal developments often happened first, affecting people in Britain and across the globe with breath-taking intensity and speed. The city of Manchester is therefore a useful magnifier to study social, economic and cultural transformations of modern British, European, and wider world societies from the 18th to 21st centuries. Whilst focused on Manchester, the unit is comparative in its approach to other global regions over time and place.

Questioning Humanity I

This unit engages you with 'Big Question' debates confronting human society, integrating key interdisciplinary concepts and debates essential to critically understanding and exploring our world. Along with this, you will apply disciplinary specific learning approaches to examine various aspects of past, present and future global societal development. Topics and questions examined can vary year to year.

Questioning Humanity II

This unit engages you with 'Big Question' debates confronting human society integrating key interdisciplinary concepts and debates essential to critically understanding and exploring our world. Along with this, you will apply disciplinary specific learning approaches to examine various aspects of past, present and future global societal development. Topics and questions examined can vary year to year.

History in Focus 1

This unit exposes you to areas such as, ancient, medieval/early modern, and modern history; all related to your potential bracketed award interests. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

History in Focus 2

This unit exposes you to areas such as, ancient, medieval/early modern, and modern history; all related to your potential bracketed award interests. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to study a range of units. The optional units below are indicative of the type of units that will be available.

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Core Units

Reading History 1

On this unit, you will focus on the historian’s craft, namely the ability to gain key skills in research, analysis, evidence-based theory and the importance of historiography (understanding what others have written before about the past) within a comparative framework. At the end of the unit, you will have completed an independent project proposal for your final year of study. Part 1 of this unit provides a grounding in the essential, generic skills of how to conduct academic research. Part 2 allows you to focus on your specific research passion and plans for independent research.

Reading History 2

On this unit, you will focus on the historian’s craft, namely the ability to gain key skills in research, analysis, evidence-based theory and the importance of historiography (understanding what others have written before about the past) within a comparative framework. At the end of the unit, you will have completed an independent project proposal for your final year of study. Part 1 of this unit provides a grounding in the essential, generic skills of how to conduct academic research. Part 2 allows you to focus on your specific research passion and plans for independent research.

Critical Approaches to History 1

This unit exposes you to areas of history suited to your intended bracketed award specialism. You will be able to choose from a menu of subjects, including ancient, medieval/early modern and modern history. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

Critical Approaches to History 2

This unit exposes you to areas of history suited to your intended bracketed award specialism. You will be able to choose from a menu of subjects in ancient, medieval/early modern and modern history. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

Option Units

The Creation of Tudor England: 1485-1553

The Creation of Tudor England examines the establishment of the Tudor dynasty in England and Wales by Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI in the period 1485-1553. Henry VII’s seizure of the throne in 1485 was a turning point in English history, ending the Wars of the Roses and creating a new dynasty – the Tudors. This unit examines how Henry VII gained control of the kingdom and how Henry VIII and Edward VI established Tudor rule throughout England and Wales. Using primary sources, it examines the social, political and artistic world of the Tudor Court and Tudor England.

From Manchuria to Hiroshima: WW2 in Asia and the Pacific

The unit combines a chronological approach to the war in the East, from the Japanese attack on Manchuria to the nuclear tests in the South Pacific, with thematic approaches highlighting topics such as food supplies, comfort women, PoWs, animal and nuclear warfare, and troop entertainment.

American Slavery

This unit will study North American slavery chronologically, charting the fate of the enslaved from the establishment of the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 15th and 16th centuries through to the emergence the abolitionist movement and the age of emancipation in the nineteenth century. It will also focus on specific themes such as ideologies of race and dominance, the economics and culture of slavery, the interplay of law and custom within an extreme form of chattel slavery, the gendered experience of enslavement and mastery, and the interplay of authority, resistance and accommodation in the operation of an unfree labour system.

British Society Continuity and Change 1900-1939

This unit evaluates key social, political and economic developments in British history during the period 1900 to 1939.  It assesses the changing nature of society, before, during and after the First World War.  The unit examines Britain’s social structure and social relations, youth, the women’s movement, poverty, the rise of Labour Party; the Decline of Liberalism and Conservative Hegemony during the interwar period and the foundation of Britain’s Welfare State.

Revolutionary China: From Confucian Empire to Economic Superpower, 1800–2000

This unit explores the revolutionary transformations (political, economic, social, and cultural) that occurred in China during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This tumultuous period saw the decline and overthrow of China’s last imperial dynasty, the creation of two Chinese republics (the Republic of China [1912–49] and the People’s Republic of China [1949–]), and China’s emergence as an economic superpower during the post-Mao era. Moving beyond traditional approaches that reduce historical revolutions to the study of high politics, this unit examines the many ways in which revolutionary transformations affected the lives of the Chinese people who experienced them.

From Imperial Russia to Soviet Union: Russia in revolution, 1890s – 1922

This unit investigates the factors and forces that undermined and ultimately destroyed Imperial Russia and then examines the creation of the Bolshevik-led Soviet Union. It employs the historiography that stresses the role of political elites as well as revisionist historiography looking at the history of Tsarist Russia, the Revolutions of 1917 and the creation of the USSR, as history from below.

The “Clash of Civilisations”: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

Espousing ideologies of holy war, discrete Christian powers went on the offensive in the late eleventh century conquering Muslim peoples in Iberia, Sicily and the Holy Land. The resultant history of the interaction between the Crescent and the Cross is much richer than one might expect. As this unit reveals, the greatest centres of political and military power in the medieval Mediterranean: Cordoba, Palermo and even the ‘crusader state’ of Jerusalem, produced great moments of cultural interchange and relative tolerance. Holy War was dispersed with long periods of peaceful coexistence. Muslims and Christians fought each other, but they also lived, worked, played and even prayed together in surprising and little known ways.

The Struggle for Mastery: Medieval Britain and Ireland, c.1066-1314

This unit explores the history of medieval Britain and Ireland from the Norman Conquest of 1066, to the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. It looks at how the kings of England developed their power and came to be rulers of all of Wales and much of Ireland, and how their rule created new societies. It considers the ’paradox’ of Medieval Scotland, unconquered but heavily influenced by the south, and the ultimately unsuccessful attempts of Edward I and Edward II to subjugate the Scots. Finally, it considers the role of the Church, women, and of contemporary writers in medieval Britain and Ireland.

Egypt: Age of the Pharaohs

Ancient Egypt was one of the first great civilisations of the world. This unit explores its history from the formation of the state in the fourth millennium BC to the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC. We will cover all the major periods and events of Egypt’s long history during these 3,000 years. From the lives of the pharaohs themselves – the pyramid builders and the famous Rameses The Great and Tutankhamun – to the lives of normal Egyptian villagers and foreigners living in (and sometimes ruling over) Egypt, we will look at all aspects of life down the Nile Valley. Throughout, we will study closely the primary sources left by the ancient Egyptians themselves, both written evidence and museum artefacts, including hieroglyphic temple inscriptions, papyrus letters, objects of daily life, statues, coffins, and human remains. Finally, we will look at the legacy of Egypt and the impact of this ancient culture on life in the 21st century.

Beyond Windrush: Race, Migration and Resistance in Modern Britain

In June 1948 the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks carrying hundreds of people from the Caribbean. This scene has become a national symbol in Britain’s history, yet Windrush was neither the first nor the last ship to carry migrants to the British Isles. This unit explores Windrush as part of a longer history of mobility in modern Britain, examine how race has intertwined with migration to order, reorder and contest the ways in which we live our lives. The unit therefore offers an alternative lens through which to understand modern British history, interrogating many of the concepts we now treat as natural (race, borders, citizenship) and situating them within a longer history.

Culture, Community and Conflict in Classical Greece

This unit explores the fascinating world of antiquity, focussing particularly on the distinctive society and culture of Classical Greece, as well as the causes, course and consequences of the Great Peloponnesian War, fought between Athens and Sparta.

Women in Power in Early Modern Europe

The unit focuses on the government and society of female rulers and leaders in seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe. It analyses the development of relationship between gender and social, political, and cultural aspects of history, and the increasing visibility of women as writers, scientists and political players in the Age of Enlightenment.

From 2020 this course will offer a placement year option which can be taken in Year 3. Where a placement is not undertaken you will study the following final year units. The optional units below are indicative of the type of units that will be available.

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Core Units

Independent Project

A negotiated assessment, which takes one of several forms: for example a 10-12,000 word dissertation, a historical project in partnership with an outside organisation, or a product resulting from a work placement scheme (e.g. a museum).

Option Units

Romans and Barbarians: Rome and the Celtic People of Western Europe

This unit will explore the complex world of Rome and its 'barbarian' neighbours, from the early days of the Republic to the rise of the Empire. Using classical sources and physical evidence (including the Vindolanda tablets, coins, inscriptions and archaeological remains), you will gain an in-depth understanding of the interactions between the expanding Roman state and the Celtic peoples of Iron Age Europe that they came to dominate. It will question how 'barbarian' these societies actually were.

Growing Pains: Children and Childhood in the Ancient World

This unit will focus on the lives of children in the ancient Mediterranean world, including Egypt, Greece, and Rome from the pyramid age to the coming of Islam. The course focusses on different topics, drawing together case-studies from each of the regions in question. Similarities and differences in the experiences of childhood will be examined and studied. In doing so, we will use methodological frameworks including feminist approaches, gender studies, and subaltern studies.  Examination of the topics will be based on material remains and texts (in translation) from all the civilisations in question.

The Migration and Mayhem of the Vikings ‘A True Story’

This unit provides a critical overview of the Early Medieval Period and late antiquity in Britain, from the 9th- 10th centuries. You will develop an understanding of the key historical influences of migrations and invasions during this period; understanding how this historical period influenced the creation of English national identity, and impacted on the country’s social cultural and geographical landscape.

Byzantium and the West, c.800 – 1261

This unit surveys the main points of contact, conflict, difference and similarity between the East Roman – or Byzantine – Empire and the Latin West, including the so-called ‘Crusader States’. Adopting a chronological framework, the unit addresses the period from Charlemagne, the first emperor of a revived western Roman Empire, through to the age of the crusades in the Middle East and the sacking of the greatest city in Christendom, Constantinople. Examinations of the most significant and sometimes extraordinary theological, political, societal, and military challenges, which the Latin West compelled Byzantium to confront during this period, form the heart of the unit.

Revolutions in Early Modern Britain and France: From Enlightenment to the French Revolution

This unit focusses on the development of the Enlightenment in Great Britian and France, and the long-term drive towards revolutionary change in both nations. Several strands of historical enquiry are pursued, including the creation and consumption of wealth and ‘globalisation’, the influence of increased literacy on society, and the impacts on both countries of the revolution in America. As a comparative unit, weekly topics will focus on political and intellectual leaders on both sides of the Channel: Montesquieu and Voltaire; Adams and Hume; Pitt and Fox; and Robespierre and Napoleon.

Ghosts, Witches and Prophets: The Supernatural in Early Modern England

This unit examines ideas and beliefs about the supernatural in England in the period 1600-1800. It looks at popular and scholarly beliefs about supernatural beings (such as ghosts and demons), and the use and understanding of magic, visions and astrology.  Moving into the eighteenth century, it asks how the Enlightenment and the emergence of modern science influenced and changed these beliefs.

A People’s War? Britain’s Domestic Experiences in the Second World War

This unit will examine the domestic experience of the Second World War in Britain, questioning whether it was a ‘people’s war’. Taking a thematic approach, it will cover the major social and cultural effects of war on the home front.

Hollywood History: Cinema and Culture in the American Century, c.1933-1989

This unit examines twentieth century American history via the prisim of film. It explores the emergence of Hollywood, the development of the studio system, the establishment (and success) of particular film genres, the relationship between cinema, society and politics, and the ways in which film has narrated and interpreted the American past and present.

A Women’s History of North America, from Pocahontas to Civil War, 1400s-1865

This unit explores a women’s history of North America from colonial times to the Civil War. The intention is not to cover the entire period and all regions, but rather to focus upon the ways in which race, class and gender affected the social, economic, cultural and political experiences of American women. Taking as its focus diverse groups of women who have shaped the course of North American history, this course will examine women’s lives in the context of pre-contact, early settlement, slavery, revolution, through to the end of the American Civil War.

From Guevara to the Berlin Wall: A comparative history of revolution

This unit will examine chronologically-ordered case studies, with a broad scope addressing different geographical areas, and events related to the phenomena of revolution in the twentieth century. This will include studies (the exact studies will differ each year) of the Cuban revolution, the cultural revolution in China, the Prague Spring, Berlin in 1989, and revolutionary Iran. The course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the possibilities of comparative history for a better and more nuanced understanding of the past. The unit will allow for the identification of similarities, differences and transnational connections among different events and nations.

The Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’

For thirty years conflict racked Northern Ireland in what became known as the ‘Troubles’. After communal rioting broke out in the late 1960s, groups such as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) pursued violent campaigns that spilled over into bombings in England and the Republic of Ireland.  The British army carried out controversial killings of civilians, fuelling this rise in paramilitarism. This unit charts the evolution of the conflict and the shifting strategies of its protagonists. It considers motivations behind political violence, the role of ideology and attempts by the British and Irish governments to bring an end to the conflict.

A Queer History of the Twentieth Century

This unit offers you a new way of approaching the history of the twentieth century. It looks into how the experiences, interpretations and self-understandings of gays and lesbians have changed since 1900. In this sense, 'queer' can be used as an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities. But queer history goes beyond gay and lesbian history. This unit will introduce you to queer theory, which prompts us to fundamentally question our categories of historical analysis. So, we will dispense with supposed binaries (gay/straight, man/woman, progress/ persecution) and instead focus on how historical constructions of 'normal' and 'natural' have changed since 1900.

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Core Units

Independent Project

A negotiated assessment, which can take one of several forms: for example, a word dissertation, a historical project in partnership with an outside organisation, or a product resulting from a work placement scheme (e.g. a museum).

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Department of History, Politics and Philosophy

Our Department of History, Politics and Philosophy offers programmes of study alongside a thriving research culture, emphasising a student-centred approach to learning.

With interdisciplinary strengths in many areas, the department takes pride in its approach to research-led teaching and being able to provide opportunities for students to work with academics at the forefront of their disciplines.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Books and learning materials come to approximately £200 per year.

The Department sometimes offers optional opportunities for short study trips abroad of one week or less as part of our curriculum-enrichment efforts. Students choosing to participate in such trips are expected to cover the costs of their travel and maintenance. 

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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UCAS code(s)

V100

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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