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Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points



Do you want to become an expert on the most striking events of history, and how they shape society? When you choose History at Oxford Brookes, you’re choosing to explore everything from the racist origins of modern science, to the use of food, cartoons and landscapes as primary sources. You’ll dive into the social, cultural and political ideas of our world today, including: 

  • crime
  • gender
  • warfare
  • nationalism

You’ll be closely supported by a team of expert lecturers, passionate about history. You’ll get one-to-one advice from them, helping you to get the most out of your degree. You’ll go on exciting field trips, walking in the notorious footsteps of Jack the Ripper - mass murderer of sex workers - and exploring Oxford’s famous museums, such as the Ashmolean. Whether you’re investigating the history of poisoning, or the role of gender in shaping culture, you’ll unlock your potential for excellence, and gain key skills for your future career.

Joint honours options

You can also study this course as part of a joint honours degree. This course can be joined with:

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

In your first year, you’ll develop the core skills to succeed on your History degree - like how to investigate sources, or effectively presenting your arguments.

In your second year, you’ll begin to explore more specialist topics. You might examine divorce and bigamy throughout British history, or study how thinkers like Charles Darwin have influenced our culture. You’ll also be able to undertake an optional work placement. 

As you study, you’ll also be able to focus on one or more of seven areas: 

  • Early Modern History
  • History of America
  • History of Crime
  • History of Ideas
  • History of Medicine
  • Modern Political History
  • Social and Cultural History

In your third year, you’ll be able to focus on areas that you care about most. You might explore city life in Renaissance Italy, or examine the downfall of the Russian monarchy. Or you could investigate piracy and smuggling in Britain’s history. 

You’ll be supported by an expert tutor all the way through, and you’ll build sought-after analytical skills - readying you for the workplace.


Students in Oxford

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

A People’s History of Britain

You’ll uncover Britain’s rich, multicultural history - from the Tudors to today. You’ll explore the lives of families and individuals, investigating life histories, recorded memories and material objects of the time. You’ll explore famous figures throughout the centuries. And you’ll attend seminars where you’ll discuss new perspectives on themes including:

  • fashion and consumption
  • material culture
  • class
  • demography
  • welfare.

Europe and the World, 1450-1750

What was it like to live through the early modern witch trials? How did the Scientific Revolution affect society?

In this module, you’ll explore a time of religious warfare, environmental change and political revolutions in Europe. You’ll encounter Europe’s history, and relations with the world in the early modern period, through texts, criminal records, art and buildings. And you’ll explore what life was like for people who lived through:  

  • Wars between Christian and Muslim powers
  • European colonialism
  • The execution of the King during the British Civil Wars

Making History: Core Concepts and Skills for the Historian

In this module, you’ll gain the key skills you need to succeed in your History degree. You’ll investigate the key:

  • theories
  • methods
  • sources

used by professional historians. And you’ll apply them to your own investigations. We’ll teach you how to express yourself effectively in different forms, unlocking your potential for excellence. You’ll also learn about the key research interests of our dynamic History team. 


Power and Dominion: Ideologies of the West, 1650-2000

In this module, you’ll gain critical knowledge of the ideas and concepts behind the rise of the West, and modern Western society. You’ll get to know the competing ideologies in Western society and power since the mid-seventeenth century. And you’ll explore marginalised groups and the processes of empire-building. You’ll gain the key skills to succeed in your degree, as you learn to:

  • communicate knowledge
  • present arguments
  • solve problems in a scholarly way. 

Superpowers: an International History of the Cold War

Who won the Cold War? In this module, you’ll explore the rivalry between two global superpowers - the United States and Soviet Union. You’ll understand how the Cold War never featured any actual fighting between the two, yet resulted in the defeat of one. You’ll get to grips with International History, and learn about the realms of:    

  • diplomacy 
  • arms control 
  • proxy wars
  • the creation and maintenance of alliances 
  • leadership and the role of personality.

And you’ll explore how people lived through the looming threat of nuclear destruction in the second half of the 20th Century. 


World at War: A History of the First World War

Why was the First World War such a pivotal moment in History? In this module, you’ll gain valuable critical skills in the study of Modern History, as you explore the depth and extent of the First World War. You’ll examine: 

  • the global reach of the war, particularly in the colonial territories of Asia and Africa
  • the culture of war on the home front and how it affected men, women, and children
  • the refugee crisis across Europe, and the plight of people in zones of conflict.
  • innovations in medical care and humanitarian relief
  • the birth of the idea of “crimes against humanity” and genocide
  • the history of the military conflict from 1914-1918

Optional modules

Bloody Histories: Crime and Violence in the West

You’ll discover crimes in the West from 1400 to 2000, including

  • Piracy
  • Treason
  • Poisoning
  • Rape
  • Blasphemy

You’ll get to know the key sources of crime historians, and the challenges in using them. You’ll connect law, crime, and punishment with the wider social context in Britain, Europe, and America. And you’ll gain key critical skills as you explore pressing debates around crime. 


Death, Disease and Doctors: Medicine and Society

You’ll examine the history of sickness and healing in society. You’ll look at how people have viewed medicine and disease, from 1650 to 2000. In seminars, we’ll investigate issues such as:

  • quackery
  • war and medicine 
  • forensic medicine
  • disease control
  • public health
  • madness and society
  • sexual health
  • the patient’s view 

This module builds on your material from other level 4 modules. You’ll gain key critical skills as you identify links between other periods and subjects you’ve studied.

Oxford in History

Explore the unexpected side of Oxford through the lives of its minorities, and its world-famous buildings and surroundings. Unearth the hotspots of Oxford’s marginalised people - from the leper hospital at Bartlemas Chapel, to the hub of the city’s sex trade at Gropecunt Lane (now known as Magpie Lane). Explore the varied and vibrant story of Oxford, as you take in the city’s rich range of sources, and its political, cultural and religious history.  From medieval cemeteries to museums, you’ll explore the rich range of historical sources available in Oxford, and get to know the city through its famous places and people.

The Faiths of the West

How have religious groups shaped the West, from the ancient to the modern world? How do different religious groups interact with each other? In this module, you’ll explore:

  • different religions groups and doctrines
  • witchcraft and paganism 
  • religion in everyday life

We’ll mainly focus on Christianity, but also on the role of other faiths, such as Judaism and Islam. We’ll also look at the idea of facism as a political religion.


Year 2

Compulsory modules

History and Documents

You’ll get to know a huge range of primary sources - including cartoons, buildings and diaries.  You’ll gain the skills to analyse primary sources in a skilled and detailed way, ready for your third year. And you’ll consolidate the practical and analytical skills you’ve gained so far in your degree.

Historical Writing

You’ll gain the key practical skills you need to succeed in your dissertation. You’ll unlock your academic potential, gaining invaluable research skills and the critical knowledge you need to study History at an advanced level. 

You’ll dive into the various approaches of historians, and get to grips with different historical methods. You’ll gain fantastic critical skills as you debate pressing historical questions. And you’ll learn to structure and develop an argument through the use of primary sources.


The Making of Modern Britain: Culture, Community and Family in Britain 1660-1918

How have families interacted over time? And how have they related to their communities? And governments?

In this module, you'll explore the social and cultural history of the family. You'll consider how gender, class, age and sexuality have affected our home lives. You'll look at what has made up a family over the years. You'll unpick how they marked births, marriage and deaths. And you'll discover how families coped with people who didn't fit with their norms. 

You'll delve into:

  • Making marriages
  • Family rituals and material culture
  • Sex and family planning
  • Divorce, bigamy and illegitimacy
  • Family secrets and shame.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.
Students must study one module option related to The Making of Modern Britain.

The Making of Modern Britain: Politics, Society and Culture in Modern Britain, c. 1815-1997

How has British politics changed since the end of the Napoleonic Wars? How has industrialisation, immigration and the growth of cities changed our lives? And how are views on gender, race and citizenship changing? In this module, you'll explore:

  • changing party politics - and the rise of the Labour Party
  • ideas on empire, citizenship and 'the nation' 
  • the changing role of women in British society
  • the emergence of Scottish, Welsh and Irish nationalism
  • sport, leisure and what we do in our spare time.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.
Students must study one module option related to The Making of Modern Britain.

The Making of the Modern World: Age of Revolution and Popular Protest

Can we consider the French Revolution as the birth of the modern age? What caused this revolution, which transformed France from a monarchy into a republic?

In this module, you’ll study the origins of the revolution and its impact on the French people. You’ll explore the experiences of ordinary people - and see how they lived under the Jacobin dictatorship and Napoleonic wars. And you’ll investigate how the French Revolution created a new form of politics - that endures today.

Along the way, you’ll learn about:

  • the Enlightenment, and changing understanding of freedom
  • the shock waves that the French Revolution caused abroad
  • the birth of modern democracy, nationalism, and socialism
  • the evolution of street protest and the power of the people.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.
Students must study one module option related to The Making of the Modern World.

The Making of the Modern World: Brave New Worlds: Evolution and its Discontents

How did the theory of evolution develop? And why is it so important in how we understand people? And in how we practise medicine? In this module, you’ll explore the history of evolutionary ideas and how they’re applied - in medicine and society. Studying primary texts and secondary sources, you’ll investigate how evolutionary scientists argued for their theories. And you’ll look at their explosive impact on Victorian public discussion. You’ll also consider more recent controversies - like human cloning, gene therapy and in-vitro fertilisation. 

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.
Students must study one module option related to The Making of the Modern World.

The Making of the Modern World: Crisis of the West

In this module, you’ll study the period of crisis that overtook Western society from the late 19th century to the start of World War II. You’ll look at the sweeping changes, uprisings and political extremism that created a sense of crisis. These include:

  • urbanisation and mass politics at the end of the 19th century
  • the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its impact 
  • the role of nationalism and imperial ambitions between the World Wars
  • the rise of extreme political movements in Europe
  • the role of consumerism in the 1920s and 1930s.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.
Students must study one module option related to The Making of the Modern World.

Optional modules

A History of Modern Ideas

Does anything exist outside our minds? Do morals come from within us, or from society? 

Philosophers have been asking these questions, and others about human existence, for centuries. But if philosophers are also products of their time, are their ideas simply a result of the society they lived in?

In this module, you’ll take a whirlwind tour in the history of ideas - from ancient times to today. You’ll get to know the core ideas of philosophy in Western history. And you’ll become familiar with the questions and ideas of: 

  • Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Greece 
  • Rousseau and Voltaire during the Enlightenment of the 18th century
  • Marx during the “age of the masses” in the 19th century
  • Nietszche, Sartre and the Existentialists of the 20th century

You’ll also dig into the relationship between philosophy, science and faith from the Middle Ages onwards. 


Conflict and Belief in the Early Modern World

Why are people willing to die for their religion? Why do they travel the world converting or killing others for the sake of belief?

From Goa to Geneva, Paris to Prague, cities and their people were transformed by faith, conversion and religious violence between 1500 and 1648. In this module, you’ll use architecture and space, text and image, as you investigate efforts to construct a universal Christian church in Britain, Europe, Asia and the Americas. And you’ll explore why rulers change the religion of their country.


Crime and Punishment through the Ages

What causes people to commit crimes? And how have we punished criminals in the past? In this module, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into crime in the British Isles, as you examine:

  • gendered criminality
  • property crime
  • the history of violence
  • attempts to regulate morality. 

You’ll explore: 

  • the birth of the prison
  • social crimes and social justice
  • moral and anti-social crimes
  • theories of punishment.

You’ll also look at the substantial changes in law enforcement that occurred in early modern Britain, giving you the key critical knowledge to study crime history. 

Gender, Sexualities and the Body

What can sex and gender teach us about history? In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between the body and sexuality, and medicine and culture. We’ll observe how our perspectives on bodies, gender, and sexuality change according to social and historical contexts. And you’ll develop excellent critical skills, as you analyse primary sources, and dive into debates on the body and sexuality. You’ll investigate 

  • contraception practices 
  • treatment of STIs
  • regulation of sexual behaviours
  • transender debates through time

Jack the Ripper and the Victorian Underworld

How did Jack the Ripper - the mass murderer of vulnerable women - shape Victorian culture? And how did Victorian Britain create the Jack the Ripper phenomenon? In this module, you’ll dive into the criminal underworld of the nineteenth century. You’ll investigate a time where public ideas on crime clashed with those of the authorities. You’ll explore:

  • attitudes towards the morality and immorality 
  • the origins of the concept of the criminal class
  • the introduction of policing
  • the development of punishment.

And you’ll ask who the real Jack the Ripper was, exploring suspects and theories. You’ll also go on the Ripper Trip, a tour around the London sites associated with the murderer and his victims.

The Early Modern State

What are taxes for? How are armies financed? When should people take arms against their governments?  This module, you’ll explore the development of bureaucracy, courts and military might during early modern times in Britain, Europe and the Americas. You’ll gain useful critical skills as you analyse key political texts of the period. And you’ll get to know the theories of power and rule as you consider:   

  • Gender and politics
  • Church and state
  • Governing empires
  • The meaning and impact of civil wars

The Making of the American Giant, 1861-1945

How did the United States become the global superpower it is today? In this module, you’ll trace the transformation of America from a British colony at war with itself, to the most wealthy and powerful nation on the planet. You’ll examine the political history behind the rise of the united states, and America’s growing actions and ambitions on the world stage, from the American Civil War through to World War Two.

History Work Based Learning

In this module, you’ll have the chance to do some work experience closely linked to your History course. You’ll have help to find a placement that will support your goals. Past placements have included:

  • The Ashmolean Museum
  • The Oxford Preservation Trust
  • The Royal Air Force Museum.

The time spent in the placement will be about ten working days. After your placement, you’ll reflect on what you’ve learned. You’ll produce a review of achievements and deliver a poster presentation. You’ll also gain practical experience - from crafting a CV to the specific responsibilities involved in your working role - that will help kickstart your career after Oxford Brookes.

Independent Study

This module gives you the chance to research a topic that fascinates you. With support from a supervisor, you’ll choose, plan and carry out your independent research, gaining in-depth knowledge of your subject. You’ll also build great project management and research skills, which will help you in your future career.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

History Dissertation/ Project

This module gives you the chance to do original research on a topic that fascinates you. As a History student in your final year, you’ll carry out a piece of independent research, allowing you to use the skills and expertise you’ve developed through your History degree. You’ll receive individual support from our expert tutors, in areas related to their research expertise. Whether you’re exploring wife beating and the press in Victorian England, or cycling, fashion and women’s bodies in the nineteenth century, you’ll develop key insights into primary source materials, and history itself.

Optional modules

Political History: the Soviet Revolution, 1905-1941

Why was Russia ripe for revolution in 1917? And how did a small group of revolutionaries manage to overthrow the Tsar and his regime?
The Russian Revolution was one of the biggest upheavals of the 20th century. But the story of the revolution is much more than the story of Lenin and the Bolsheviks. In this module you’ll learn about the causes of Russia’s revolution. 

You’ll explore:

  • the impact of the First World War on the Russian monarchy
  • the ‘Red Terror’ and the civil war that consumed Russia after 1917
  • what happened to national and ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union
  • how the revolution changed popular culture and family life
  • the rise of Stalin in the 1930s.

You'll also learn about power struggles, and the paranoia and brutal purges of Stalin’s early years as the Soviet leader.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.

Political History: Britain and the Sea

What does it mean to be an 'island nation'? And how does the sea affect areas like travel, immigration, economy and socialising? In this module, you'll examine Britain as an island nation. And you'll consider how this impacts Britons' lives - from gender and sexual identity, to trade and consumerism. You'll question topics like:

  • piracy and smuggling
  • the Royal Navy
  • trade and the British Empire
  • the seaside holiday.

This module is subject to availability in any given year.

Political History: The Unravelling of Russia

What led to the downfall of the Russian monarchy in 1917? How did reforms by the Tsar bring about decades of turmoil and change? This module charts the path to the Russian Revolution. You'll explore exciting themes like:

  • the troubled emancipation of the Russian serfs
  • the industrialisation and modernisation of the Russian economy 
  • the revolutionary underground and the birth of modern terrorism
  • the flourishing of Russian culture and cultural politics
  • the rise of Russian nationalism and imperialism.

This module is subject to availability in any given year.

Political History: Tudors: Reformation and Revolt

How did the Tudors bring about dramatic and enduring societal change? And how did people react to Tudor reforms during this turbulent period? 

In this module you'll explore the religious and political upheavals of the Tudor era. You'll investigate the origins of the Church of England. You'll dig into the dissolution of the monasteries. You'll examine popular protest and rebellion against the Tudors. And you'll discover how the reign of Elizabeth I brought an end to decades of religious tumult.

You'll explore:

  • the rise of Protestant ideas
  • religious reform in parliament
  • rebellion and resistance to change
  • persecution and execution of heretics
  • worship and changing religious beliefs
  • the Elizabethan settlement.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.


Social, Cultural and Medical History: Immigrants and Minorities in Early Modern England, c. 1453–1753

Who was marginalised in early modern England? How did factors like ethnicity, sexual identity and nationality affect social standing? And how did the religious and political upheavals of the time impact minority groups? 

In this module you'll explore:

  • the restriction and persecution of immigrants and minorities 
  • early modern prostitution, sexual minorities and 'deviant' behaviour
  • the re-establishment of the Jewish population, and the rising black population
  • the understanding of ethnicity, nationality and sexual identity in the early modern period.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.

Social, Cultural and Medical History: Life in Renaissance Italy

What was life like for ordinary people in Renaissance Florence, Venice and Rome? Millions of tourists flock to these cities every year. But in this module, you'll explore beyond the piazzas and palaces. You'll  discover what life in 15th and 16th century Italy was really like. You'll examine:

  • how age, gender and ethnicity affected urban life
  • the impact of warfare, disease, natural disasters and climate change
  • the stories of people on the margins - like sex workers and the homeless.

You'll emerge understanding the rich and complex history of this fascinating period.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.

Social, Cultural and Medical History: Religion and Magic in Everyday Life

How does belief in magic affect our everyday lives? And how can religious beliefs shape our ideas and opinions? In this module, you'll explore beliefs - beyond the boundaries of religious institutions. You'll delve into the rituals, superstitions - and even cults - that have shaped our world view from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. You'll examine:

  • the cult of saints and relics
  • angels and demons
  • ghosts and fairies
  • vampires
  • folk magic and divination
  • witchcraft and witch hunts.

This module is subject to availability in any given year.

Social, Cultural and Medical History: The History of Food, Politics and Society

Is it true that you are what you eat? And how does your experience of food shape who you are?

This module puts history on plate. You'll reflect on diet, food habits and material culture - and what this tells us about society. You'll explore how food has been used as a political tool, and as a political control. And you'll examine how food relates to our identities and how we socialise.  You'll never look at what you eat the same way again! 

You'll consider topics like:

  • Food and famine
  • Migration and globalisation
  • Food as culture
  • Material culture
  • Gender and the body.

This module is subject to availability in any given year.

Social, Cultural and Medical History: War and Medicine: from the Napoleonic Wars to Afghanistan

How does medicine impact war? And can medical treatment influence whether wars are won or lost? This module explores the close relationship between war and medicine. You'll look at the growth of:

  • surgery
  • hospitals
  • battlefield and naval medicine,
  • neuro-psychiatry
  • nursing
  • civilian medicine
  • ethics and medical ethics.

You'll examine how medicine has changed how wars were fought. And you'll explore lessons we've learned (and forgotten) related to war and medicine. 

This module is subject to availability in any given year.

The History of Crime: Forensic Medicine in Western Society

How have doctors contributed to crime history? And what's the relationship between medicine, society and the law? In this module, you'll examine the history of forensic medicine. You'll explore how medical knowledge can influence attitudes toward crime. And you'll consider how medicine has affected criminal investigations. You'll look at examples from the Medieval period through to the 20th century. And you'll delve into:

  • death investigations
  • 'expertise' and the role of witnesses
  • forensic science
  • mental health and crime
  • crimes of sex and sexuality.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.

The History of Crime: In Cold Blood: Violence in the Modern Era

Why does violence intrigue us? And why are we captivated by stories of crime and criminals? In the twentieth century, crime came under the spotlight in Britain and America. In this module, you'll examine murder and mayhem in modern British and American life. You'll explore:


  • The rise of serial murder and its perpetrators
  • The cult of the gangster and those who became Public Enemy #1
  • The ways in which crime came to be fought in the modern era
  • The debate over the death penalty.

And you'll come to understand how violence influences our beliefs on crime and criminals today.
This module is subject to availability in any given year.

The History of Ideas: Evil in European Thought and Culture 1750-1950

What meaning does the concept of “evil” have in an age when religion is in decline and science is on the rise? In this module you will study case studies labelled by contemporaries as “evil” - from natural disasters to political repression to mass murder - and explore how intellectuals from a variety of backgrounds struggled to understand and come to terms these events and phenomena in the modern world of reason, rationality and science.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.

The History of Ideas: On Race and Racism

What is race? The concept of race, of course, has a history, and in this module you’ll trace the development of the concept across three centuries, right up to the present day. The module will take a global perspective, introducing you to alternative understandings of race and the development of racism. We will examine the treatment and influence of race in

  • science
  • the study of history
  • the rise of imperialism
  • in former colonial territories.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.

History of America: The Vietnam War

What was behind the Vietnam war? What transformed America from a disinterested observer to an active combatant, with over 500,000 soldiers in deadly conflict? In this module you’ll examine America’s role in Vietnam. You’ll consider the decisions of multiple presidents - and how these steadily escalated America’s involvement in Vietnam. You’ll examine the military side of the conflict - and unpick key debates on military strategy. You’ll also explore the consequences of the war, and how the conflict impacted America at home.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.


History of America: American Grand Strategy in the Era of Civil War and Reconstruction

Why is the American Civil War so controversial? Both when it was fought in the 1860s, and now, over 150 years later? In this module you’ll explore the origins of the conflict. You’ll uncover the aims of both the Union and the Confederacy. You’ll investigate the strategies and tactics they employed. And you’ll consider the international impacts of the conflict.

This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.


Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be joining a tightly knit and supportive student community. You’ll get to know your seminar tutors well. And your tutors will support you every step of the way - you won’t feel like a face in the crowd. If you’re stuck on a piece of coursework or you need help understanding a concept, your tutors will be ready with advice and support. 

Your tutors will be experts in their fields - and passionate about teaching History. This means your teaching will be top quality - and informed by years of expertise. 

Your classes will be a mixture of larger lectures and small seminars. You’ll build confidence expressing your ideas and discussing concepts in the supportive seminar environment. And as you progress, your classes will become more close-knit and specialised. This means you’ll have more scope to actively explore your ideas and develop your thinking.



Assessment methods used on this course

Your assessments will build confident written skills - crucial for the workplace. You’ll be assessed wholly by coursework - you won’t have any exams. Your coursework will include:

  • research essays
  • source analyses
  • creative life-writing exercises
  • book reviews
  • group projects and presentations
  • module diaries and portfolios
  • a final-year dissertation

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

As you study, you’ll develop highly transferable career skills in the areas that employers care about. You’ll build confident and sophisticated written communication skills. You’ll build experience collaborating in groups. And you’ll be able to think critically and creatively - vital skills for the 21st century workplace.

Many of our graduates go on to work in areas like:

  • marketing
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • business
  • the civil service
  • public relations

Further study

You can stay with us to continue your studies: we offer a taught masters programme in History. We have a strong postgraduate community including more than 25 students undertaking research for their doctorates.

See more about our postgraduate courses.

Student profiles

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Discover Uni

Full-time study

Part-time study

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.