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

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in History

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of History 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 £22500 £27000
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £26000 £17000 - £27500 £21000 - £32500

Salary of all UK Graduates of History

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23070 £22856 £27697
25-75 percentile range £19059 - £27185 £17647 - £28615 £20983 - £35780

Course Description

Join us on an intellectual journey through the past. You specialise in the field of modern history and choose from a unique and international range of topics, periods and countries. You study the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 18th century to the present day. This exciting period has marked an age of discovery and globalisation — a time of rapid change, brutal wars, and belief in the possibility of societal and scientific progress.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Modern History, 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

Required skill level of job after 15 months

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

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

15% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Administrative occupations
15% Sales occupations
10% Elementary occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations

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

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Modern History, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Modern History 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, 2024

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

    • #38 
    • #48 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #58 
    • #68 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #27 
    • #104 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

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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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