University of Essex
Modern History and Politics BA (Hons)
University of Essex

Key Course Facts

Course Description

You obtain a thorough grounding in the fields of modern history and politics, and will consider how the two disciplines can be integrated. Our strengths lie in public and social history at Essex, so we draw the lines between how individuals and societies have coped in times of political change, upheaval and uncertainty. We discuss democracy, communism, power and the consequences of politics throughout history.

You also investigate the scope of political science as a field of inquiry, and the methods used by political scientists, in order to explore questions concerning both what does occur in politics, and what should occur in politics. There is a range of relevant options to choose from in both departments and you choose to write your final-year dissertation in either politics or history.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 8 graduates of Modern History and Politics BA (Hons) at University of Essex for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Modern History.

Overall student satisfaction
78 /100
8 total respondents
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Salary

Salary of Graduates of Modern History and Politics BA (Hons) at University of Essex

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Modern History and Politics BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £20500 £26000
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £25000 £15500 - £25500 £19500 - £30000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Modern History

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22063 £21803 £26099
25-75 percentile range £18563 - £26166 £16642 - £27566 £19512 - £33700

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Modern History and Politics, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Modern History and Politics BA (Hons) at University of Essex

25% Administrative occupations
20% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Sales occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Finance Professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on subjects studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Modern History and Politics, BA (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Essex is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Modern History and Politics BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £16850 year 1
International £16850 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees displayed are for 2021-22 entry. Fees will increase for each academic intake and each academic year of study.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of University of Essex in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Essex in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #42 
    • #53 
    History
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #52 
    • #64 
    History
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #24 
    • #124 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]

See all university rankings of University of Essex

What students say about studying Modern History in the UK?

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About University of Essex

The University of Essex, is a public, research university where curiosity prevails and thinking outside the box isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. Based in the county of the same name, Essex, the main campus is located in Wivenhoe Park, near Colchester. It is home to the university’s three faculties, Humanities, Science & Health and Social Sciences, as well as a very large community of local rabbits, and other small fauna typical of the English countryside.

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Where is this programme taught

Colchester Campus
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