In the first academic year, you are introduced to the study of history at degree level where you encounter different aspects of history, both chronologically and geographically, and explore a variety of historical periods and cultures from Britain and around the globe, including Asia, Europe and the Americas. It explores the nature of history as a discipline, its changing assumptions, methods and definitions, and the current concerns of historians. Study focuses on different approaches, the acquisition of research skills and knowledge that forms the basis of more specialised study in subsequent years. Transferable skills that are developed include undertaking oral presentations, both as part of a group and individually, which sit alongside essays, examinations and shorter assignments like the creation of posters and blogs. You choose from a range of optional modules in the second academic year that either focus on how to use original documents or explore, through thematic approaches, continuity and change over a long period of time. In the final academic year, optional modules take the form of Depth Studies and Comparative Studies. An understanding of methodology is developed by Depth Studies, which establish a comprehensive knowledge of a particular period by evaluating the use of primary and secondary sources and any issues associated with them as evidence. An area of historical concern across more than one country and culture is examined by Comparative Studies.