Join us on an intellectual journey through the past. You specialise in the field of modern history and choose from a unique and international range of topics, periods and countries. You take a compulsory full-year module in your first year, The Making of the Modern World, 1776-1989, and a compulsory half-year module in your second year, Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources. In your final year you take a special subject and write a dissertation on a modern history subject of your own choosing. Essex is a world leader in arts and humanities according to the QS World University Rankings (2017).