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BSc History Combinations

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Study cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history."

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels

History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions.

Why choose this course?

  • Integrated placement year or year abroad enhances your employability
  • Focus on the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Explore a range of international, national and local perspectives.


History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions. Studying cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history will give you new insights into some of the most exciting historical research and, together with the compulsory placement year, boost your employment prospects. You’ll have opportunities to study topics such as nationalism, state-building and inter-state relations; the history of war and peace; religious and ethnic conflict; trauma and memory; and issues of globalisation in the present that can only be understood by looking to the past.

4 year full-time course with integrated placement.

Offered in the following combinations:

  • History and English Language QV31
  • History and English Literature VQ13
  • History and French RV11
  • History and German LV13
  • History and Spanish RV41
  • History and Politics LV21
  • History and International Relations VL12


Typical modules:

Year 1
Making of the Modern World; Building Britain: Birmingham and Beyond; Making History I: Methods, Theories, Controversies.

Year 2
Cool Britannia: the Evolution of Contemporary Britain; Making History II: Oral and Digital methods. Options include: Global Migrations since 1800; Looking after Britain: Health, Welfare and Education; Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods: Birmingham and Globalisation; Cultures and Societies after the Empire and Nationalism; The Vote: the History of Representative Democracy; The Pen and the Sword: Warriors and Words in Modern Warfare.

Placement year
Compulsory placement year in the public or private sector, in the UK or abroad. For combinations with French, German or Spanish, the
placement year must be spent overseas.


Final year
Research Dissertation; options in areas such as: Oral History in Latin America; Religion and the State in the Modern World; The Far Right in Europe; Remembering War in Modern Europe; Writing the Past: Stories, Histories and Historiographies; Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans; Francophonie: The History of the French on Five Continents; Germans on the Move: from Emigration to Immigration; Urbanicity: Birmingham’s Long History of Poverty and Inequality; Living Memories of Deindustrialisation in the Midlands.


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