Department of History

Undergraduate study

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Find your voice and make it heard

We offer undergraduate courses that cover the history of Britain, Europe and the world from 1450 to the present day.

You’ll study the patterns of continuity and change which shaped the early modern period and look at how ideas, cultures, and economies of different peoples intersected, and changed, through the conflicts brought on by capitalism, imperialism, war, and revolution. 

At Essex, we don’t just teach you history, we will help you find your own critical voice. Our seminars provide a supportive environment in which to debate, challenge opposing views and to value criticism. An independent research project gives you the opportunity to explore in-depth a topic that ignites your enthusiasm to connect imaginatively with the past, and to hone the research and critical thinking skills prized by today’s employers.

In addition to our two single honours courses in either history or modern history, we offer a variety of joint honours options which allow you to combine your studies with other subject areas.


Explore our Undergraduate courses
Why choose us?
  • 90% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS 2017)
  • Choose from a wide range of modules to suit your own historical interests
  • Learn from leading historians with expertise stretching around the globe

So, what do we have to offer?

Flexible course structures

Our courses offer a flexible structure that combines core and optional modules. This allows you to build a programme that suits your interests by choosing from a range of different modules.

Our BA History offers the greatest flexibility in terms of your choice of optional modules and our BA Modern History is ideal if you want to focus on a particular period.

Opportunities to study abroad

You can choose to spend a year or a term studying abroad as part of your course, which offers an exciting opportunity for personal development. We also support our students to take up a range of other travel opportunities to enhance their studies.

Preparation for life after graduation

Our courses equip you with many skills that employers are looking for and enable you to enter many different professions. We offer careers advice throughout your time with us and after you have graduated.

Our Employability and Careers Centre also offer the chance to develop your employability through some fantastic and unique experiences and opportunities.

"The Department of History surpassed my expectations. At first, I underestimated the value of its research-led focus, but soon discovered that this allows you to work on topics with supervisors who are at the forefront of their field. The support provided is excellent; whether I have needed extra help with a particular essay or have wanted to meet my fellow history students to talk about the challenges we are all facing, opportunities are always at hand."
Tyler Davies BA History