History (Including Year Abroad)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(Integrated Master in History:) Integrated Master in History
History (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Masters
Full-time
History
MHISZV99
08/05/2024

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Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

  • A-levels: ABB - BBB or 128 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM or 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 128 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 32 - 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655-555.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved 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, email Undergraduate Admissions
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page. or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

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.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this 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

Course qualifiers

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).

None

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

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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.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

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

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR173-4-FY-CO  Rebellious Pasts: Challenging and Creating Histories  Compulsory  30  30 
02  HR107-4-AU-CO  Early Modern Europe in Global Context: Encounters, Exchanges, and Exploitation  Compulsory  15  15 
03    History option(s)  Optional  45  45 
04    Option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05  CS107-4-SP-CO  Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR242-5-FY-CO  Exploring History: Research Workshop  Compulsory  30  30 
02    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
03    History option(s) or outside option(s)  Optional  30  30 
04    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  CS207-5-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Building Career and Employability Readiness   Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  AW121-6-FY-CO  Abroad Module 120 Credits  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR831-6-FY-CO  Research Project  Compulsory  30  30 
02    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
03    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
04    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  CS307-6-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Preparing for Life as a Graduate  Compulsory 

Year 4 - 2028/29

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR935-7-SP-CO  Making History, Sharing History: Sources, Methods, and Audiences for Historical Research  Core  20  20 
02  HR932-7-PS-CO  Advanced Research Project  Core  40  40 
03    HR924-7-AU or HR962-7-AU  Compulsory with Options  20  20 
04    History option(s) from list  Optional  40  40 

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

1. Stimulate the historical imagination of students through a critical engagement with the past.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Encourage students to develop critical, analytical and research skills, problem solving skills, and transferable skills, appropriate to the study of History.
5. Allow students to design and conduct advanced independent study in a chosen historical subject area.
6. 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.

Learning methods

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.

Assessment methods

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.

Learning methods

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 five skills through discussion and practice, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors.

Assessment methods

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

Learning methods

Skills C101-C104 are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, and work based learning.

Assessment methods

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

Learning methods

These skills are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, and work based learning.

Assessment methods

All skills are assessed through the usual means of coursework.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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Contact

If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

If you're a current student and have questions about your course or specific modules, please contact your department.

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