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Modern History and International Relations (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Modern History and International Relations (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Politics and International Relations

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.

External Examiners

Dr Simon Rofe
University of London
Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR100-4-FY The Making of the Modern World since 1750 Core 30
02 GV113-4-SP Co-Operation and Conflict Core 15
03 GV103-4-AU Introduction to International Relations Core 15
04 HR101-4-AU Becoming a Historian Compulsory 15
05 History option from list Optional 15
06 Government option(s) from list Optional 30
07 HR510-4-FY History Works: Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR211-5-AU Approaches to History Compulsory 15
02 GV214-5-AU International Relations: Theories and Approaches Compulsory 15
03 GV217-5-SP Conflict Analysis Compulsory 15
04 HR231-5-SU or GV275-5-FY Optional 15
05 History or Government option from list Optional 15
06 Government option(s) from list Optional 15
07 History option(s) from list Optional 30
08 HR510-5-FY History Works: Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 Government option(s) from list Optional 30
02 History option(s) from list Optional 30
03 History or Government option(s) Optional 30
04 HR831-6-FY or GV831-6-FY or GV832-6-FY or GV836-6-FY Compulsory with Options 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The course aims to:

P1 Enable students to study a range of historical topics, providing a focused study on a selection of periods and themes in world history from c. 1770 to the present

P2 Develop students' understandings of the relationship between the past and the present

P3 Familiarise students with models of historical analysis and varieties of primary sources

P4 Develop students' knowledge and understanding of some theoretical and conceptual foundations of the discipline of political science and international relations

P5 Provide the opportunity for students to learn about political systems, political ideas and the interaction between domestic and foreign politics

P6 Develop an empirical base for the study of politics in an international context

P7 Enable students to examine past and contemporary events and processes in comparative perspective, with an understanding of their political and social contexts

P8 Enable students to design and conduct an independent study on a specialist topic of their choice

P9 Develop skills of research, analysis and argument that are valuable for subsequent academic study, lifetime learning, a wide range of future careers, personal development and social participation

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

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B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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