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.

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, Mariners and Migrants: 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: Protest and Democracy in Postwar Europe 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 40 credits
HST3172/3173: South Asian Muslims in the Age of Empire 40 credits
HST3174/3175: Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats and Revolutionaries, 1830-1866 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


* The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.