History Modules


This is an indicative list of modules available in Year 2 and 3. The majority of modules run on alternate years and are dependent on staff availability.



15 Credit Modules Module title Credits
  Early Modern European Philosophy 15 credits
  1851: The Great Exhibition 15 credits
  The Fictional Nineteenth Century 15 credits
  History of Asian Medicine: From Manuscripts to YouTube 15 credits
  Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland, 1798-1998 15 Credits
  Imagining Africa: Ideology, Identity and Text in Africa and the Diaspora 15 credits
  London's Burning: Social Movement and Public Protest in the Capital, 1830-2003 15 credits
  Queer History Through Film 15 Credits
  Queerman. The History of Homosexualities in 20th C Germany 15 Credits
  The Spanish Civil War, Politics, the Military and Culture 15 Credits
  Walking Through London's History 15 credits
  History in the News 15 Credits
  Latin American Revolutions 1945-1990 15 Credits
  Global History of Buddhism 15 credits
  London’s History Through Literature 15 Credits
30 Credit Modules Module title Credits
  Bodies and Drugs: A Global History of Medicine 30 credits
  The Central Powers in the First World War, 1914-18 30 credits
  Black and British: A Long and Varied History 30 Credits
  Empires in Comparative Perspective: Imperium Romanum to Pax Americana 30 credits
  History in Practice 30 credits
  Ireland’s First World War 30 Credits
  Health, Healing and Illness in Africa 30 credits
  Heresy, the Occult and the Millennium in Early Modern Europe 30 credits
  Britain Through the Lens 30 credits
  Radicalism During the English Revolution, 1641-1660 30 Credits
  A History of Resistance in the Middle east 30 Credits
  The USA in the Era of the Vietnam War, 1954-75 30 Credits
  Minorities in East-Central Europe: Coexistence, Integration and Annihilation, c.1870-1950 30 credits
  Modern Revolutions in Comparative Perspective 30 credits
  Modern South Asia: Body, Society, Empire and Nation c.1600-1947 30 credits
  The People's Century: Social, Political and Cultural Change in Twentieth Century Britain 30 credits
  Utopian Visions: The Soviet Experience through the Arts 30 credits
  Visual and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe 30 credits
  Yugoslavia: History and Disintegration 30 credits
  Mughals, Munshi and Mistresses: Society and Rule in Early Colonial India 30 credits
  Histories of Sexualities 30 credits
  The Age of News 1850-1990 30 credits
  Southeastern Approaches: A History of Serbs and Serbia since the Middle Ages 30 credits

Special Subjects 

Some degree programmes allow you to choose a History Special Subject/Group 3 module; please see the individual degree descriptions for details.

You have access to the resources of all of the colleges of the University of London when you select a Special Subject from approximately 40 available across the University. These span a range of subjects, allowing you to access the expertise of the largest concentration of university history teachers in the country.

The Special Subjects are based on the use of original sources in detailed study, which further develops your skills of understanding and interpreting historical evidence. They are worth 60 credits and count for half of the third year’s work. The availability of modules offered may vary from year to year.


The Department of History offers the following Special Subjects.

Special Subjects Module title Credits
  Poverty, dress, and identity in 19th century England 30 credits
  Ireland’s First World War 30 Credits
  Radicalism During the English Revolution, 1641-1660 30 Credits
  Sex and the African City 30 credits
  Health, Healing and Illness in Africa 30 credits


  • The Age of Plague: Disease, Medicine and Society in Western Europe, 1348–1665
  • Later Medieval London, 1450–1560: Community, Politics and Religion
  • France, 1774–1794: Reform and Revolution
  • Family, Society and Culture in Britain 1832–1918
  • Popular Culture in American History, 1870 to the Present
  • Literature, Culture and Society in Britain, 1914–1945

King’s College London

  • Alexander the Great
  • Augustus: Power and Propaganda
  • The Norman Conquest of Britain
  • The Origins of Reformation in England
  • Women and Gender in Early Modern England
  • Caribbean Intellectual History, c1800 to the Present
  • British Imperial Policy and Decolonisation, 1938-64

Queen Mary

  • Religion and Gender in Europe, 1450–1550
  • Victorian Intellectual History
  • The French Civil War

Royal Holloway

  • Heresy, Crusade and Inquisition in Southern France, c1140–1300
  • When Kings were Gods: Early Modern Islamic Political Ideas
  • Migration, Identity and Citizenship in Modern Britain
  • Berlin: A European Metropolis from Kaiser to Kohl
  • The History and Historiography of the Holocaust Politics and Society in Palestine from c1900 to 1948
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
  • Ivan the Terrible and the Russian Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century
  • East and West through Travel Writing: The Limits of Division in Eastern Europe Monarchs and the Enlightenment in Russia and Central Europe
  • Urban, Culture and Modernity: Vienna-Prague-Budapest 1857-1938
  • Mass Culture in the Age of Revolution: Russia 1900-1932

University College London

  • The Assyrian Empire
  • Religions, Law and the Papacy in the West: from the Christian Roman Empire to the Frankish 'Roman' Empire
  • Voyages and the Imagination in the Middle Ages
  • Great Britain and the American Colonies, 1760-1776
  • Living the Empire: Metropole and Colony in the 1830s Modernity and Modernism


Related Study

Some programmes allow you the opportunity to take a related study as part of your degree. This means that you have the opportunity to choose an option module offered by another department (for example, from English and Comparative Literature, Politics, and Visual Cultures).