(Integrated Master in History:) Integrated Master in History
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided
IB: 32 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) 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.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma: 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided
T-levels: Distinction, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
What if I don’t achieve the grades I hoped?
If your final grades are not as high as you had hoped, the good news is you may still be able to secure a place with us on a course which includes a foundation year. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.
What if I have a non-traditional academic background?
Don’t worry. To gain a deeper knowledge of your course suitability, we will look at your educational and employment history, together with your personal statement and reference.
You may be considered for entry into Year 1 of your chosen course. Alternatively, some UK and EU applicants may be considered for Essex Pathways, an additional year of study (known as a foundation year/year 0) helping students gain the necessary skills and knowledge in order to succeed on their chosen course. You can find a list of Essex Pathways courses and entry requirements here
If you are a mature student, further information is here
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a 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 listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a 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.
A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The
specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of
Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is
optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
Dr Miriam Dobson
Reader University of Sheffield
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.
- Stimulate the historical imagination of students through a critical engagement with the past.
- Provide students with a phased, progressive, and deep understanding of the methods and techniques of the historical discipline, based on a critical awareness of current problems and scholarship at the forefront of the field.
- Over four levels of study, allow students to develop a critical awareness of selected sub-fields of History with respect to relevant social, cultural, political and economic contexts.
- Encourage students to develop critical, analytical and research skills, problem solving skills, and transferable skills, appropriate to the study of History.
- Allow students to design and conduct advanced independent study in a chosen historical subject area.
- Prepare students for further study and/or employment through the development of their knowledge and abilities.
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
A101: Demonstrate substantial knowledge and critical understanding of the broad themes of historical analysis, including continuity and change, the specificity of particular historical processes, and the 'otherness' of the past.
A102: Demonstrate substantial knowledge and critical understanding of the models used by the discipline to conceptualise and analyse change in past societies.
A103: Demonstrate substantial knowledge and critical understanding of some key historical sources available for historical research.
A104: Demonstrate substantial knowledge and critical understanding of some selected topics of history.
A105: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of European history c.1500-1750
A106: Demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical understanding of a particular area of history through an independent piece of research.
A101-A105 are acquired through different teaching and learning strategies, involving lectures, seminars, workshops, and work based learning. Throughout there is an emphasis on supported group discussion which allows for dynamic interaction based on directed pre-set reading.
A106 is acquired through work on independent research projects.
Essays, presentations, seminar participation, case studies, critical reflections, and research projects support learning Outcomes A101, A102, A103, A104
Research projects support learning outcomes A106
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B101: A student should be able to synthesise and evaluate primary and secondary information.
B102: A student should be able to critically evaluate the merits of conflicting arguments and advanced scholarship in the field.
B103: Reconstruct the mentalities of past societies
B104: Explain historical events, contexts and change with reference to social, political, economic and cultural forces and factors
B105: A student should be able to demonstrate independence of thought where appropriate.
All skills are introduced and developed through in-class discussions, essays, and other written and oral assignments.
The teaching environment of seminars, which emphasises student-focused discussion, enables students to develop all six skills through discussion and practice, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors.
All skills are assessed through the usual means of a variety of types of coursework across the curriculum.
C: Practical skills
C101: A student should be able to identify, select and retrieve a wide range of relevant source material.
C102: A student should be able to design an substantial work of advanced independent study.
C103: A student should be able to project plan, manage and complete a substantial work of advanced independent study.
C104: Work in groups to consider a question or clarify a topic
Skills C101-C104 are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, and work based learning.
All skills are assessed through the usual means of coursework
D: Key skills
D101: Communicate ideas effectively using oral and written means including essays, other written work, oral presentations or contributions, and discussion.
D102: A student should be able to use appropriate IT where relevant for research and presentation purposes (including searchable databases such as library catalogues and internet sources, and word processing).
D103: A student should be able to analyse a reasonably complex set of data and apply relevant explanatory models thereto.
D104: Participate effectively as a member of a group to the benefit of oneself and others
D105: Use feedback from tutors to improve written and oral work, reflect on progress
These skills are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, and work based learning.
All skills are assessed through the usual means of coursework.