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Why study History at UCL?

We offer a diverse and exciting range of options. You can study history from ancient times to the present day, from Britain and Europe, to India, China and the Americas, and from many different angles – from the study of magic to warfare, from politics to material culture. We also provide opportunities to explore London history.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will benefit from small-group teaching and plenty of opportunities for one-to-one support and advice from your tutor. You will be taught by some of the world's leading experts in their fields, incorporating their own cutting-edge research into their teaching. We place particular importance on developing your writing skills and you will benefit from being in the heart of London. Many of our modules use the resources of the British Museum and the British Library, both being a short walk away.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is by lectures and seminars. Assessment is by examination and coursework. Year-long modules of 30 credits (8 US credits) may be taken for one term by Fall Term-only and Spring Term-only students, for reduced credit of 15 credits (4 US credits) and with alternative assessment instead of the examination. Not all options will be available in any one year, and new modules are regularly introduced; up-to-date information will be available on the web or from the department.

Modules in History

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

The modules listed here are subject to availability and may have changed or been replaced. Please contact the programme administrator for the latest information. Advanced seminar modules can be taken as Fall Term only or Spring Term only.

Advanced seminar modules for non-History affiliates only

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST0286 History of Parliament 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0288 Medieval History in London Collections 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Advanced seminar modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST0215 Dartmouth Module: The Vietnam War 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0217 History of Ethics: A Sociological Methodology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0218 History of Asian Medicine 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0220 Religious Conversion in the Fourth Century: The Confessions of St Augustine 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0230 'Aristocracy' in Ancient Greece 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0231 Cities and Kings in the Hellenistic World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0235 The Friars in the Medieval World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0237 Invasion, Integration and Identity in the North Sea Zone, c. 400 – 1200 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0238 Twelfth-Century Empires: Anglo-French and German Realms Compared 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0248 Studies in European History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0255 Emergence of the State: The History of European Political Thought in the 17th and Early 18th Centuries 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0256 State, Sovereignty and Liberty: The History of European Political Thought in the Eighteenth Century 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0269 Penal Era or Golden Age?: Ireland 1689 – 1801 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0270 Remembering Slavery 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0272 Law's Empire: Legal Cultures in the British Colonial World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0284 Intelligent Design? Science, Religion and Material Culture 1500 – 1830 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0294 American Cinema History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0295 US Internationalism, 1865-1920 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0302 Voluntary Organisations, NGOs and the British Public (1914 – 1985) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0304 Deutschland 1945-1989: Culture and Politics in West Germany 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0309 Race, Ethnicity and the "Other" in Africa 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0310 Teaching History: Theory and Practice from 1900 to the Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0494 Fascism and Authoritarianism in Eastern Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0498 The Age of Extremes in the Balkans 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0653 Black Georgians: Race, Nation and Migration in Eighteenth Century Britain 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0659 Georgian London: Economy, Society and Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0660 Ancient Near Eastern Religion 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0770 Race, Identity and Empire in the Iberian World, 1500-1700 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0771 Gender and Sexuality in Transnational Perspective, 1850-1980 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0772 Knowledge and Power in Latin America, 1810s-1910s 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0773 Culture and Revolution in Twentieth-Century Latin America 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0778 Europe's First World War, 1911-1923 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0780 The Political Thought of the French Revolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SEHI0011 Between Politics and Culture: German Ideas, 1890 – 1970 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SEHI0012 Czechoslovakia in the Age of Extremes, 1918 – 1993 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SEHI0022 Broadcasting Modernity: A Global History of Radio and Television 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Survey modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST0033 The First European Union? Christendom c.1100 - c.1350 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0034 The First European Union? Christendom, c.1100 – c.1350 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0140 The History of Western Political Thought 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0141 The History of Western Political Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0152 Roman Empire from Augustus to Theodosius I 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0153 Roman Empire from Augustus to Theodosious I 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0158 The Greek World c.800-386 BC 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0159 The Greek World c.800-386 BC 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0162 Ancient and Medieval China 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0163 Ancient and Medieval China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0168 Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1000 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0169 Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1000 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0174 British History 1689 – c. 1860 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0175 British History 1689 – c. 1860 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0178 British History c. 1850 – 1997 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0179 British History c. 1850 – 1997 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0184 History of Latin America, c. 1830 – c. 1930 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0187 Building the American Nation: The United States, 1789 – 1920 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0188 Building the American Nation: The United States, 1789 – 1920 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0195 Empire in Eurasia 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0196 Empire in Eurasia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0197 Age of Revolution: European History 1815-1870 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0205 History of Latin America c. 1830 - c. 1930 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0208 The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0209 The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0212 The Global Economy since 1700 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0213 The Global Economy since 1700 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0490 History of Modern Germany, 1815 – 1990 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0491 History of Modern Germany, 1815 – 1990 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0499 History of the Soviet Union 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0558 The History of Western Political Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0564 Roman Empire from Augustus to Theodosius I 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0567 The Greek World c.800-386 BC 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0569 Ancient and Medieval China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0572 Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1000 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0575 The First European Union? Christendom, c.1100 – c.1350 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0581 British History 1689 – c. 1860 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0583 British History c. 1850 – 1997 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0589 Building the American Nation: The United States, 1789 – 1920 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0594 Empire in Eurasia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0598 History of Latin America c. 1830 - c. 1930 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0600 The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0602 The Global Economy since 1700 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0643 History of Modern Germany, 1815 – 1990 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0650 Babylon from Hammurabi to Alexander (c. 1800-30 BC) 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0651 Babylon from Hammurabi to Alexander (c. 1800-30 BC) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0652 Babylon from Hammurabi to Alexander (c. 1800-30 BC) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Thematic modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST0013 The City in the Roman World from c. 100 BC to AD 500 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0014 The City in the Roman World from c.100 BC to AD 500 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0017 The Seleukid Empire, c. 312-145 BC 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0018 The Seleukid Empire, c. 312-145 BC 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0021 Understanding the Early Mesopotamian World 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0022 Understanding the Early Mesopotamian World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0030 The Medieval Universe A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0035 Social Systems in Religious History from Constantine to Napoleon 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0036 Social Systems in Religious History from Constantine to Napoleon 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0039 The Industrial Revolution in Britain 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0040 The Industrial Revolution in Britain A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0067 American History in Hollywood Film 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0068 American History in Hollywood Film A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0071 History, Memory, Democracy: Politics and the Past in Latin America, c.1970 to the Present 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0072 History, Memory, Democracy: Politics and the Past in Latin America, c.1970 to the Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0073 War, Rebellion and Social Discontent in Modern China 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0074 War, Rebellion and Social Discontent in Modern China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0075 India and the Global Economy, 1500-Present 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0076 India and the Global Economy, 1500-Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0077 African Cities – Past and Present 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0078 African Cities – Past and Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0079 Superpower: A Global History of the United States, 1898-1989 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0080 Superpower: A Global History of the United States, 1898-1989 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0087 Africa, Decolonization and Internationalism 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0088 Africa, Decolonization and Internationalism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0470 Crown, Church and Estates in Central Europe, 1500 – 1700 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0471 Crown, Church and Estates in Central Europe, 1500 – 1700 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0472 Successors to the Habsburgs: East-Central Europe, 1914-1945 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0473 Successors to the Habsburgs: East-Central Europe, 1914-1945 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0474 The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation, 1648 – 1921 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0475 The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation, 1648 – 1921 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0476 Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union: from Stalin to 1991 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0477 Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union: from Stalin to 1991 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0478 Dictatorship as Experience. The Coexistence of Consensus and Refusal in the German Democratic Republic 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0479 Dictatorship as Experience. The Coexistence of Consensus and Refusal in the German Democratic Republic 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0504 The City in the Roman World from c.100 BC to AD 500 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0506 The Seleukid Empire, c. 312-145 BC 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0508 Understanding the Early Mesopotamian World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0512 The Medieval Universe 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0513 The Medieval Universe A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0518 Social Systems in Religious History from Constantine to Napoleon 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0520 The Industrial Revolution in Britain A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0537 American History in Hollywood Film A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0539 History, Memory, Democracy: Politics and the Past in Latin America, c.1970 to the Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0540 War, Rebellion and Social Discontent in Modern China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0541 India and the Global Economy, 1500-Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0542 African Cities – Past and Present 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0543 Superpower: A Global History of the United States, 1898-1989 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0547 Africa, Decolonization and Internationalism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0635 Crown, Church and Estates in Central Europe, 1500 – 1700 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0636 Successors to the Habsburgs: East-Central Europe, 1914-1945 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0637 The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation, 1648 – 1921 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0638 Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union: from Stalin to 1991 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0639 Dictatorship as Experience. The Coexistence of Consensus and Refusal in the German Democratic Republic 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0644 The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0645 The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0646 The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

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