Final year Special Subject examples


We consider Special Subjects to be a very important part of our degree programmes, as they allow you to specialise in a topic that really interests you.

This is where being a research-led department really comes to the fore: it means that our specialist final-year teaching is kept fresh and current and you can benefit from working closely with an expert in the field, as you investigate a specific body of primary sources.

BA History students will take one Special Subject. Dual honours students have the option to take one Special Subject.

Please note that the following list includes the full range of Special Subjects that we offer. A selection of these will be available each session - usually at least 18 topics will be on offer - and the exact programme varies from year to year. *

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Title Credits
HST348/349: The Road to Civil War: England, 1621-1642   40 credits
HST384/385: The Spanish Civil War 40 credits
HST386/387: The Holocaust: the Destruction of European Jewry 40 credits
HST3027/3028: Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 40 credits
HST3069/3070: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 40 credits
HST3071/3072: The Weimar Republic – Laboratory of Modernity 40 credits
HST3079/3080: Makers of a New World: Merchants, Scholars and Commoners in Late Medieval Europe 40 credits
HST3085/3086: Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence 40 credits
HST3095/3096: Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change, 1956-74 40 credits
HST3107/3108: The Paris Commune 40 credits
HST3113/3114: The Phoenix City: Rome in Late Antiquity (300-600) 40 credits
HST3120/3121: Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1491-1600 40 credits
HST3122/3123: Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914 40 credits
HST3124/3125: Renaissance and Popular Culture in Early Modern England 40 credits
HST3127/3128: Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain 40 credits
HST3132/3133: Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950 40 credits
HST3136/3137: The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923 40 credits
HST3138/3139: The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975 40 credits
HST3142/3143: Merchants, Pirates and Planters: The English Overseas, 1570-1624 40 credits
HST3144/3145: Ending the Cold War 40 credits
HST3148/3149: Fugitive culture: Artists, scholars, and political activists in exile, 1917-1945 40 credits
HST3150/3151: Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China 40 credits
HST3154/3155: Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire 40 credits
HST3156/3157: Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000 40 credits
HST3160/3161: Eating, Meeting and Greeting in the Medieval West 40 credits
HST3162/3163: Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989 40 credits
HST3166/3167: Emotions and identity in Twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook emotions 40 credits
HST3168/3169: Berlin In The Twentieth Century 40 credits
HST3170/3171: The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c. 1440-1509 40 credits
HST3172/3173: South Asian Muslims in the Age of Empire 40 credits
HST3174/3175: Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats and Revolutionaries, 1830-1886 40 credits
HST3176/3177: The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975 40 credits
HST3178/3179: Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela 40 credits
HST3180/3181: Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War 40 credits
HST3182/3183: Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain 40 credits
HST3184/3185: From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome’s Revolution (89 BC-14 AD) 40 credits
HST3186/3187: Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel 40 credits
HST3190/3191: Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861 40 credits
HST3192/3193: Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700 40 credits
HST3194/3195: A Twelfth-century Renaissance? 40 credits



*Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.