Durham University History Degree

By | 23rd May 2017

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Durham University History Degree

History at Durham provides you with the opportunity to build your own degree within a carefully ‘thought-out’ framework delivered by experts in their fields.

We offer the following programmes:

Course Code Course Title Joint Department
V100 History None more information…
V101 Ancient, Medieval & Modern History Classics more information…
QV21 English Literature & History English more information…
RV92 Modern European Languages & History Modern Languages and Cultures more information…

We also contribute to the following programmes:

Course Code Course Title More Information
X1V1 Education Studies – History more information…
LA01 Liberal Arts more information…

History with Foundation (V102)

For mature applicants (over 21), applicants (18-21) who have not engaged in post-16 education or who experienced adverse circumstances that could not be mitigated, conversion students, and EU and Overseas students who have not had the opportunity in their home country to obtain qualifications suitable for direct entry to their chosen course at Durham, we also participate in the History with Foundation programme (V102) run by Durham’s Foundation Centre. The first year of this course is spent with the Foundation Centre developing the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, students progress onto the first year of the Single Honours History degree programme. For more information on the History with Foundation, click here.

More about the programmes…

Both the single and joint honours programmes are broad ones that provide you with the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the major chronological periods (medieval, early modern and late modern), different geographies (Britain, continental Europe, USA, Africa, China and Japan) and different types of history (political, social, cultural, economic, religious, gender, diplomatic, intellectual, medical, sport and book history). You will also be able to reflect on the ways in which historians have approached their study of the past. We offer a wide range of modules at all levels and there is always plenty of choice. There are very few programme requirements and we currently have only two compulsory modules – ‘Making History’ in Level 1 and ‘Conversations with History’ in Level 2 – but in both modules you have a choice of ‘strand’ i.e. the themes and topics you study during that module.

The modules available in History in the first year introduce students to the great variety of ways in which the past can be studied. They extend in chronology from AD 300 to the present, and cover a variety of different themes and types of history. In the second year, the modules are more specialised, focusing on shorter time-spans, more specific geographical areas, themes or arguments. In the final year, there are modules focusing on the way that historians write about the past, specialised modules examining concepts and issues in depth with detailed analysis of primary sources, as well as the opportunity to research and write a dissertation on a subject if your own choosing. Overall, the programme allows students to build up both range and depth of their understanding of the past, a knowledge of how we write and think about the past, and an array of analytical and critical skills.

For single honours students, there are also opportunities to study subjects in outside departments: history-related modules (such as ancient history), traditional subjects (such as English or a modern language) and non-school subjects (such as Anthropology). Students can take up to two twenty-unit modules in outside departments in their first year, and up to two twenty-unit modules across their second and third years. In addition, there are opportunities to study abroad.

Types of Assessment

Most modules are assessed through a mixture of coursework (usually essays) and examinations. Some courses are examined only through coursework. This varies according to the modules you choose and which level of the degree you are studying at. Marks for your first year do not count towards your final degree classification, though you must pass all your modules in order to progress to the second year. Your degree classification is based on your results in the second and third (or fourth) year, weighted 40:60.

For more details of the course content, structure, teaching and assessment please click on the links for the individual programmes in the course table above.