BA single honours Modern History with Foundation Year 2018/19

Year of entry

*Subject to validation

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • fascism and the Cold War
  • troubles in Northern Ireland

The BA in Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a varied and exciting programme of study.

In your first year, you will be introduced to key themes in modern history from the American and French revolutions through the world wars and the cold war of the twentieth century to contemporary issues like international terrorism and Brexit.

In your second and third years, you choose from a range of more focused modules on modern issues. In your first year, you will also get to sample various kinds of “histories” - political, military, cultural, espionage, empire, gender, social movements, comic books and super-hero narratives are among the potential thematic areas of study.

Throughout your degree you will be supported by a team of historians who are not just excellent lecturers but professional researchers whose published work - their books, articles and reports - advance our understanding of modern history.

Modern History can also be studied as a Combined Honours programme in tandem with a variety of second subjects. Also, students on the Modern History programme are eligible to apply to study for a year in Europe or North America as part of their degree.

The History team works hard to prepare all our students for the world of work. To that end, the study of History is a wonderful means of developing the kinds of transferable skills that employers prize across a wide range of career paths.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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In your first year, you will be introduced to the key themes in modern history through two broad-ranging survey modules which will take you, chronologically, from the American and French revolutions of the eighteenth century, through European history in the nineteenth century, the First and Second World Wars of the twentieth century, to the post-1945 world.

You will also take a module on modern American history, a more focused learning experience; the United States, 1914-1945, in addition being a very important aspect of modern history, is designed to give you a good sense of the approach we take to teaching and learning in Years 2 and 3 of the degree programme.

We also seek to sharpen your study skills so that you can give of your best in degree-level study. Finally, the first year is when you will be introduced to the concept of historiography (essentially, the history of the history-writing of an event) through the study of some of the great controversies and debates of modern history.

In sum, by the end of your first year you will have acquired a broad knowledge of the major themes in modern history, have a good grounding in historiography, and have developed the study skills to help you succeed in the remainder of your degree programme.

Turning to your second and third years, you now get to choose from a range of modules on modern history, British, European and global; in addition, you have the option to undertake an Extended Essay – an in-depth piece of work which not only allows you to focus intensively on a topic of your choice but provides good preparation for the longer and more challenging final-year dissertation.

The Modern History team has four guiding aims: to provide you with a high quality learning experience that will help you develop an appreciation of the richness of History as a subject to offer you a stimulating and engaging range of History modules to challenge you intellectually by offering a programme of study that progresses in terms of depth and complexity over the three years of your degree to help you enhance your analytical, interpretative, research, presentational, communication and ICT skills not only to help you succeed as an undergraduate but to provide you with a portfolio of transferable skills to draw on in forging what we hope will be a successful and fulfilling post-university career.

Foundation Year Zero

Students on all of the  Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Understanding Arts and Humanities
  • Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities

In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:

  • Dangerous Ideas
  • Foundation English Language and Communication
  • Foundation English Literature
  • Foundation Media and Communications
  • Analysing British Cinema
  • Historical Foundations
  • America and the World (subject to validation)
  • Music and Performing Arts in Context
  • The Languages and Theory of Music

Core modules

  • First Year Making History: An Introduction to the Study and Writing of History (20 credits)

  • Second Year Extended Essay (Modern History) (20 credits)

  • Third Year Individual Study (40 credits)

Likely Optional Modules

First Year

The Making of Modernity: Enlightenment, Nation and Empire, c.1750-1914 (20 credits)

Crisis, Conflict and Collapse: An Introduction to Contemporary History, 1914 to the present (20 credits)

From Isolation to Domination: US History 1914-1945  (20 credits)

Windows into the Past #1 and #2  (20 credits)

Second Year

Radicals, Reformers and Rebels: Social and Political Change in Britain, 1789-1867 (20 credits)

Twisting the Lion’s Tail: Anglo-American Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century (20 credits)

The Rise of Prussia: Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reaction (20 credits)

Russia and the Soviet Union, 1861-2000: Revolution, Continuity and Change (20 credits)

Terror, Consent and Resistance in Nazi Germany (20 credits)

Compromise and Necessity: Allied Strategy and Victory in the Second World War (20 credits)

The Cold War (20 credits)

Land of Hope and Glory? Britain since 1900 (20 credits)

Defence of the Realm: the British Secret State since 1883 (20 credits)

Uneasy Neighbours: US Foreign Policy in Latin America, 1823-present (20 credits)

The Bomb: the Nuclear Age, 1945 to 1972 (20 credits)

Applied Humanities: Employability in Practice (20 credits) 

The Humanities in International Context (20 credits) 

Third Year

Fascism in the Twentieth Century (20 credits)

The Russian Revolution 1917-21 (20 credits)

War and Revolution in Vietnam: A French Affair, 1930-1954 (20 credits) 

War on the 'Front Line': Kent and the Two World Wars (20 credits) 

The Troubles: War, Rebellion and Loyalty in Ireland (20 credits)

The Global Sixties (20 credits)

Truth, Justice, & the American Way: A Superhero History (20 credits)

In Search of the Past: the Meanings of Heritage (20 credits)

Instrument of Power: the CIA and US Foreign Policy (20 credits) 

The Humanities in International Context History in the Classroom (20 credits)

Graduates with a Modern History degree from Canterbury can go on to pursue careers and further study in law, education, heritage, civil service, business, accountancy, and journalism.


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,350 N/A
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2018/19 only. Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Modern History modules are usually delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops. Module tutors also hold regular office hours, when you can drop by informally to discuss the module or your assignments, and all staff are also available by appointment for longer discussions e.g. to provide feedback on your coursework. The amount of time you spend in class will vary depending on which modules you choose. A module which involves field-trips to historic sites may result in comparatively more contact time than a module which is campus-­based. You will be expected to spend the ‘non-­taught’ portion of your week in self-­study, whether completing assignments or preparing for your workshops and seminars. Your module tutor(s) will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities that you will be expected to complete before lectures or seminars. If you opt for the independent study in year three, you will conduct independent research under the supervision of a member of the History team, and will be expected to meet with your supervisor on a regular basis for one-­to-­one tutorials.

Academic input

All permanent Modern History staff possess a doctorate and our leaders in their respective fields of teaching and research. We are supported by sessional colleagues many of whom possess a doctorate. Postgraduate students sometimes assist in delivering aspects of some modules, but the vast majority of lectures and seminars are taught by our most experienced academics.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Modern History modules are assessed by a variety of methods, principally by coursework. The coursework component typically involves essays, presentations, portfolio assignments, and/or VLE­ based projects. Some modules, however, do have a formal, written examination component.

While the Modern History degree does not in itself require anything in the way of specialist facilities, it is worth pointing out that the Canterbury campus is modern, attractive and up-to-date in its teaching and learning resources, and that these broad ‘facilities’ help generate an on-campus atmosphere that is both friendly and conducive to study.

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UCAS code

  • V141 Modern History

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2018

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