Reflecting increased interest in contemporary history following the end of the Cold War, this course is explicitly historical in scope, with particular focus on events within living memory.
It addresses contending approaches to recent events which have shaped your own life and the lives of those around you.
Nottingham has one of the largest number of academics focused on contemporary history in the UK. Staff in the School of Politics and International Relations are actively engaged in this research and are joined by experts in the School of American and Canadian Studies, Department of History, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
Areas of special interest include:
- 20th-century American history
- 20th-century Chinese history
- Anglo-American relations
- Cold War history
- communism and fascism
- contemporary British political history
- film history
- intelligence and national security
- labour and urban history, especially in Britain and Europe
- modern German history including the Holocaust
- modern Russia, especially imperial, diplomacy and war
- modern war in Europe, Asia and the Pacific
- religion and conflict in the Middle East
- South East Asia, especially social movements
- United States foreign and security policy
- women's history
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You can tailor this flexible, interdisciplinary course to your interests and career aspirations by choosing from a wide range of modules.
At least 60 credits will be taken with the School of Politics and International Relations, plus a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
The remaining 60 credits may be studied with other schools/departments across the University, subject to approval, with certain modules being especially recommended.
Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.
2:1 (or international equivalent)
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
This course will introduce you to the advanced study of contemporary history and equip you with the skills needed for a wide range of career paths, from media and leisure, to national government and international organisations.
Many students take an active role in politics throughout their time in the school, and after. Politics is an ideal academic discipline if you are interested in a career in politics or government.
Other students go into a range of careers, including management, marketing, teaching and broadcasting. Recent graduate destinations include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.
We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.
If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.
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