The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
European History with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time european programme honours programme within the History subject area.
- Subject area: History
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: V221
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: European programme
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: Yes
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Any study of history engages a natural human curiosity about the past. History is an exciting and diverse subject, which is reflected in the flexibility and breadth of the BA in History offered at Kent.
The School of History has established itself as one of the leading History departments in the country, recognised for its research excellence, flexible programmes and quality teaching. You are taught by passionate academics, active researchers and recognised experts. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the School of History was ranked second nationally and, over the past five years, has consistently scored over 90% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
Our course is carefully crafted to allow undergraduates to tailor their degree to their own interests, with more than 70 undergraduate history modules to choose from, covering topics from the crusades to the Cold War; from the impact of science on 19th century culture to the totalitarian regimes of Stalin's Russia and Hitler's Third Reich.
At Kent, you will join a large and thriving student body, benefiting from a strong tradition of student-led activities through the History Society. Alongside the extensive resources of the University library, you have the unrivalled privilege of access to the rare books and priceless manuscripts of Canterbury Cathedral. Opportunities are also available for work experience or a year studying in Europe.
You take one core module of 30 credits and at least 60 other History credits from a wide range of options.Core modules
- Making History
- Britain and Europe, 1500-1660
- Britain and the Second World War: The Home Front
- Britain in the Age of Industrialisation 1700-1830
- The Emergence of America: From European Settlement to 1880
- Empire and Africa
- England in the Age of Chivalry: c1200-1400
- The Hundred Years' War
- Introduction to Literature and Science
- Introduction to the History of Medicine
- Medicine and Empire: 1700-1920
- Medieval Europe c400-1066
- Medieval Europe c1066-1450
- Medieval Pilgrimage
- Monarchy and Aristocracy in England 1460-1640
- Renaissance Courts: Culture and Politics
- The Rise of the United States Since 1880
- Victorian Britain: Politics, Society and Culture
Please note: Stage 1 of the History programme is currently under review. For the most up-to-date information, please see www.kent.ac.uk/history
You must take at least 60 credits of History at Stage 2 and 90 at Stage 3. You must take a special subject at Stage 3.Special subjects
- Britain and the French Revolution, c1785-c1804
- California: The Golden State
- English Politics 1629-1642: A Highroad to Civil War?
- The Great War, British Memory, History and Culture
- The Irish Revolution, 1910-1925
- The Legacy of the Second World War: Retribution, Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Europe since 1945
- The Rights Revolution: Civil Rights Movements and the Law in the US since 1945
- The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the Atlantic World, c1500-1900
- Troubled Superpower: The Soviet Union, 1941-1991
Options are drawn from a list of over 30 available modules across the School in all areas of our expertise, including topics such as:
- The Art of Death: Representations, Rituals and Records in England, 1300-1450
- Churchill's Army: The British Army in the Second World War
- From Blitzkrieg to Baghdad: Armoured Warfare 1916-2005
- From Buffalo Bill to Bison Burgers: The American West in the 20th Century
- The Global Burden of Disease, 1850-1960
- History of Modern Medicine and Medical Ethics, 1800-2000
- Late Stuart and Hanoverian Britain, 1688-1750
- Pre-Industrial England
- Russia 1855-1945: Reform, Revolution and War
- The Tools of Empire, 1760-1920
- War, Revolution and Dictatorship in Europe, 1870-1945.
For more information on all of our modules, please visit www.kent.ac.uk/history/undergraduate/programmes/history
Students on the European History programme have the opportunity to spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 studying at a university in France or Germany.
Please see the Go abroad webpages for further details.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.
The School of History uses a mixture of assessment patterns. The standard formats are 100% coursework or 60% examination and 40% coursework.
Historians develop excellent skills of analysis, frequently assessing multiple and often conflicting sources before condensing opinions into concise, well-structured prose. Graduates are able to demonstrate self-motivation and the ability to work independently, demonstrating to potential employers that they respond positively to various challenges and that they can work to tight schedules and manage heavy workloads.
Many graduates find employment in fields such as journalism and the media, management and administration, local and national civil services, the museums and heritage sector, commerce and banking, teaching and research, and the law.
In a report first published in 2005*, Professor David Nicholls stated: “In recent years, history graduates have become celebrated lawyers, press barons, well-known television and newspaper journalists, famous comedians and entertainers, awardwinning authors, heads of advisory bodies and charities, directors of major museums, top diplomats and civil servants, chief constables, high-ranking officers in the armed forces and business millionaires.” In a recent follow-up to the report, Professor Nicholls concluded that, despite the increasingly competitive job market, History graduates continue to excel.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
*The Employability of History Students by Professor David Nicholls, The Academy of Higher Education
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60% guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points inc 5 in HL History or 6 in SL History where taken, or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher inc 5 in HL History or 6 in SL History where taken.
A level History/Archaeology/Classical Civilisation grade B where taken or GCSE History grade B + GCSE grade B in chosen language
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Key Information Sets
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