All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).
Crisis and Conflict after the Cold War: Interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s
The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s destroyed a country of 20 million people. They shattered dreams of a peaceful utopia after the Cold War and they gave rise to ideas about the 'clash of civilisations' which live on today. By studying controversies about the causes and course of the wars and their international context, you'll investigate how we make sense of the break-up of Yugoslavia and the legacies of the conflict.
The Third Reich, 1933-1945
This module explores the domestic and foreign policies of Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945. It seeks to explain how and why one of the most cultured nations on Earth – this ‘land of poets and thinkers’ – descended to such depths of barbarity within a few short years.
UK Politics in an Age of Austerity and Brexit
Explore the most important contemporary political debates about economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, reform of the National Health Service, the future of the welfare state, foreign policy, constitutional reform and the politics of the two major UK political parties.
BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs
Develop your theoretical and empirical knowledge to understand and comparatively examine the challenges facing the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the shifting power structures of international affairs.
Commanding the Oceans: Seapower and British Ascendancy, 1688-1815
You will study the maritime dimensions of Britain's economic, imperial and military ascendancy. You'll consider seapower in its broadest sense, starting from the assumption that the 'wooden world' of the navy and the wider world interacted closely at almost every point.
Critics of Capitalism
In this module, you study some of the most important critics of politics and the economy in capitalist societies. You'll explore issues such as capitalist oppression, the nature of work, the corruption of music and art by 'big business', vanity and alienation, exploitation, and capitalism's alleged continuing imperialist machinations, as well as exploring alternatives to capitalism.
Take the opportunity of applying your degree learned knowledge in a real working environment as provided by one of our unique internship opportunities and enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.
The Archaeology of the Castle
Put the castle in its context – exploring the military and domestic roles, landscapes and the social context of castle construction – even creating your own mini-model.
Study the fascinating relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, Gentile, Heidegger, Schmitt, and Strauss; explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be.
Conflicts in British Culture
Who are the British and what do they believe in? How can they coexist peaceably? This module explores the key conflicts in British culture, including free speech, gay marriage, feminism, transgenderism, Brexit, multi-culturalism, abortion and the role of the university. It is not for the faint-hearted!
Monks, Heretics and Reformers: The Religious Revolution of the Central Middle Ages
You will study the resurgence of popular heresy from the 11th century to the early 13th century, and the monastic reforms and new monastic orders which transformed religious life in the same period. These were part of a wider culture of reform which embraced the Church and the laity, and which have been seen by historians as comprising a ‘religious movement’ which utterly transformed the nature of religion, belief and political authority in Europe.
Medicine and Modern War
You’ll explore the experiences of patients, practitioners and policymakers in the period between the Crimean War (1850s) and the Falklands War (1980s).
Gandhi to Mandela: the Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa
Examine the local, national and international responses to racial segregation in South Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll explore issues of race and social exclusion evident in South African society.
Venice, Genoa and the Crusades: 1080–1351
Study the Crusades through the revealing lens of the Italian ‘maritime republics’, Venice and Genoa – cities at the heart of much crusading activity.
If you opt for the One-Semester Internship, you'll have access to our exclusive seminar series presented by senior parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.