The Industrial Revolution

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Neil Cummins CMK.C319


This course is available on the BA in History, BSc in Economic History, BSc in Economic History with Economics, BSc in Economics and Economic History and BSc in Economics with Economic History. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course examines the Industrial Revolution in Britain, the turning point into modern economic growth. The course is designed to introduce students to the key debates around industrialisation. It will consider the causes and timing of British industrialisation; the process of industrialisation; and the economic and social effects of the industrial revolution. The course focuses on the British case, but will also explore why some other countries did not industrialise at that point, and processes of catch-up that followed.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

During the course students are expected to write four essays or equivalent pieces of written work.

Indicative reading

Mokyr, The British Industrial Revolution; Floud and Johnson, Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, vol I; Berg, Age of Manufactures; Allen, The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective; Crafts, British Economic Growth.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Teachers' comment

This course was not taught last year.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills