University of Essex

University of Essex

History with English for Academic Purposes

This course aims to develop our students subject knowledge in history and provides them with an understanding of the methods and techniques of the historical discipline; each student is offered the opportunity to develop their English language and academic skills; successful completion normally qualifies students for entry to an appropriate Masters-level course in our department of history.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a good 1st Honours degree, minimum of lower 2nd Class, or equivalent 3-year higher education qualification, from a recognised institution. If English is not your 1st language, then we require a minimum score of IELTS 5.5, with 5.5 minimum in all components. Decisions on your academic qualifications will be made in close consultation with the Department.

Course modules

Modules may include: English for academic purposes; making histories (concepts, themes and sources); advanced English for academic purposes; critical thinking; extended English for academic purposes project; British social history 1830-1950; consensus Britain? (the state and the people, 1945-79); crime and punishment (England in comparative perspective 1650-1900); dictators and politics in Latin America (from Bolivar to Chavez); from Stalin to Putin; human rights in historical perspective; imagining China (from the 13th Century to the post-war era); in slavery (the African American experience); Indian Ocean lives (in an age of global empire), 1750-1930; life in the 3 kingdoms (societies and cultures in early modern Britain and Ireland); medicine and society in Britain and France 1700-1860; metropolis (urban Germany 1900-1945); public history project module (Bourne Mill, Colchester (from the 16th to the 21st Century)); reconstructing family, residence, work and communal life in Victorian England; South Africa (the road to apartheid); terror, murder and bloodshed (the civilisation of Renaissance Italy, c. 1400-C. 1527); the scramble for China, 1830-1901; 'the special eelationship'? Anglo-American relations 1939-2005; the United States and the Vietnam War; women, gender and sexuality in US history.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 4,532 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 9,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, International Academy
Telephone number: 
01206 872719