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UCL History offers exceptional opportunities; our location in the heart of London, close to some of the finest research libraries in the world, attracts both staff and students from many different countries. It is a friendly place, with a lively communal life.

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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 1 CU (8 US) may be taken for one term by Fall Term-only and Spring Term-only students, for reduced credit of 0.5 CU (4 US) 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 wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

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 A versions (HIST7XXXA modules run in term 1) or B versions (HIST7XXXB modules run in term 2).

Modules for non-History affiliates only

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST7401 History of Parliament 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7403 Medieval History in London Collections 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Thematic modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST2105 Roman Democracy: Myth or Reality? 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2108 Understanding the Early Mesopotamian World 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2202 Rome AD 300 – 1000. Portraits of a City, Reflections of a Changing World 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2302 The Industrial Revolution in Britain 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2310 State, Sovereignty and Liberty: The History of Political Thought in Early Modern Europe 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2312 Religious Reformation and Popular Piety, 1450 – 1650 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2319 Enlightenment and Revolution: Europe 1715 – 1805 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST2426 Africa, Decolonization and Internationalism 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
SEHI2008 The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation, 1648 – 1921 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)

Survey modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST6106 The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the end of the Attalid Kingdom 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6107 The Roman Republic, c. 350 – 44 BC 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6111 Bronze Age States in the Ancient Middle East 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6209 The Medieval Universe 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6210 Social Systems in Religious History from Constantine to Napoleon 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6301 British History 1689 – c. 1860 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6304 British History c. 1850 – 1997 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6312 Colonial and Revolutionary North America 1607 – 1787 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6313 Building the American Nation: The United States, 1789 – 1920 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6410 History of Latin America, c. 1830 – c. 1930 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6414 The Making of Modern America: The United States since 1920 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HIST6416 The Global Economy since 1700 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)

Advanced seminar modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HIST7014 History of Asian Medicine 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7122 Ancient Anatolia through Material Culture 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7123 'Aristocracy' in Ancient Greece 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7124 Cities and Kings in the Hellenistic World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7215 Invasion, Integration and Identity in the North Sea Zone, c. 400 – 1200 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7216 Twelfth-Century Empires: Anglo-French and German Realms Compared 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7312 European Fin-de-Siècle: A Cultural and Social History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7316 Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Modern Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7327 Studies in European History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7334 Emergence of the State: The History of European Political Thought in the 17th and Early 18th Centuries 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7335 State, Sovereignty and Liberty: The History of European Political Thought in the Eighteenth Century 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7339 The Human and its Others: Enlightenment Ideas of Ethnicity and Race 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7348 Penal Era or Golden Age?: Ireland 1689 – 1801 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7352 Law's Empire: Legal Cultures in the British Colonial World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7363 Economy and State in the Ottoman Empire, 1800 – 1914 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7368 Intelligent Design? Science, Religion and Material Culture 1500 – 1830 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7369 Views of Human Nature in the Early Modern Period 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7463 Collecting for the Nation. Amateurs, Collectors and Diplomats: A History of Museum Information 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7466 Voluntary Organisations, NGOs and the British Public (1914 – 1985) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HIST7473 Race, Ethnicity and the "Other" in Africa 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
SEHI7008 The Balkans from Empires to Nation-States 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
SEHI7009 The Age of Extremes in the Balkans 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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