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    Choose from a wide selection of modules and tailor your studies to suit you

Follow your interests

At Reading we offer an exceptional range of modules, spanning the last thousand years from medieval, to early modern, to modern history.

Our modules cover a vast geographical area including Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia, and explore a range of subjects from magic, witchcraft and heresy, to fascism and communism, to gender and culture, to politics and colonialism. 

Our wide range of modules enables you to pursue your passions as they develop through your degree, and allows your focus to be as broad or as narrow as you would like. This flexibility enables you to experience a variety of historical periods and themes, before making an informed choice as to where to specialise and focus your interests.

 You can also take  modules in other subjects outside of History, either to complement or diversify your studies. Popular choices include Politics, Philosophy, Archaeology, Ancient History, or languages. 

”There is a really good selection of modules, especially when compared to other universities I looked at. I took a module on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 - the opportunity to study African History, which I had never encountered before, was really exciting. The flexibility to choose what you study is a definite advantage.”

Dan Lewis

BA History

Build your own pathway

If you have a particular passion you can create your own pathway throughout your degree, choosing to study modules related to your individual interests.

Here are some examples of prospective pathways you could follow:


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Demons and Demonologists Women in Medieval History Gender in Africa
Women in American History: From Slavery to "Second Wave" Rebel Girls: The Influence of Radical Women, 1792-1919 Battleaxes and Benchwarmers: Early Female MPs, 1919-1931

unheard voices

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Anti-Semitism: Medieval Christian-Jewish Relations and the Concept of 'Anti-Semitism' Pirates of the Caribbean Witches, Heretics and Social Outcasts: Europe and its Outsiders, c.1250-1550
Hunger and Famines in History The Colonial Experience: Africa, 1879-1980 Slavery in America
Black Britain: Race and Migration in post-war Britain Kingship and Crisis in England, c. 1154-1330 From Darwin to Death Camps: Evolution and Eugenics in European Society

Politics and political violence

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
From Berlin to Baghdad: The Origins of the War on Terror People, Power and Revolutions: Political Culture in 17th Century England Cold War Berlin: Politics and Culture in a Divided City
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 The American Dream? US History from Colonial times to the late 20th Century Religion and Politics in the Medieval West
Warfare in Early Modern Europe From Tsars to Comrades: Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union Political extremism in Britain between the wars

Please note: these are not set pathways and in no way restrict you to these modular choices, but demonstrate how you can take advantage of our wide range of optional modules and flexible courses to focus your degree in a particular area should you choose to do so. 

”The list of what you can study is endless! You aren't dictated to, and told what to learn - you are allowed choice here, and it is the freedom to control my education that made me choose the University of Reading.”

Emma Jackson

BA History and English Literature graduate

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