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Bachelor of Politics & International Relations and History (Hons)
Bachelor of Politics & International Relations and History (Hons)

Bachelor of Politics & International Relations and History (Hons)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • Grade 4/C in English and 4/D Mathematics.
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 (with no less than 42 in any band).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

Course Information

Our Politics and History programme gives you the opportunity to study current challenges in national and international politics while gaining an understanding of the wider historical context of our modern world. 

The course brings together the two naturally close disciplines of Politics and History through a focus on political history. Studying history and politics in tandem will develop your ability to understand how people lived and thought in the past, and the ways in which they act politically in the present.

You’ll study with a top history department – we’re ranked first in the country for the social and cultural impact of our research - and be taught by political historians working at the cutting edge of their research disciplines.

Alongside core politics modules in your first year introducing you to contemporary British politics and international relations theory, you’ll study history modules that will give you an insight into the making of the modern world, such as campaigns for freedom and equality and America from Hamilton to Trump. 

Modules devised for this joint degree such as Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity provide a bridge between history and politics. In your second year you’ll continue this interdisciplinary approach with a module on Nation and Identity, which examines the growth of new states and the political landscape of interwar Europe.

Just as an historical approach brings breadth and depth to your study of politics, the theories of political science you’ll study in our core politics modules will give you the analytical tools to explore the implications of major historical events, alongside their socio, economic and political impacts. 

In your final year, you demonstrate your research skills by producing a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. Previous students have been inspired by their year of study abroad, while others have worked on women code breakers at Bletchley Park, the Notting Hill riots, and vice and sexuality in 17th -century London. You’ll also have the option to follow an oral history project, or study modules ranging from the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, to terrorism and security, to the politics of gender.

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Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Level 4

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Historians' Toolkit, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Power, Citizens and the State, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Introduction to Public History, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Heritage Industry in Britain, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Africa and the World, 1450-1850, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Comparing Political Systems, 30 Credits, Optional
  • The Art of War: An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 30 Credits, Optional
  • Anarchy, Order and Beyond: Studying International Relations, 30 Credits, Optional

Level 5

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Graduate Skills, 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Comparative Political Systems, 30 Credits, Optional
  • Modern Political Philosophy, 30 Credits, Optional
  • Security and Governance, 30 Credits, Optional
  • We, the People: Democratic Theory and Practice, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The State in the 21st Century, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Hearth & Heart: Family Life in the Long Eighteenth-Century, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Propaganda in Twentieth-Century War and Politics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Nation & Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Making a Historical Documentary, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Making Histories: Public History Work Experience, 15 Credits, Optional
  • USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Crime and Society in England, 1550-1750, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Doing History: Investigating the Historians' Craft, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 6

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Bodies and Sexuality in the Early Modern Period A, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Italy and Fascism, 15 Credits, Optional
  • International Organisations, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Politics of the European Union, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Post-Colonial Theory and Non-Western Philosophy, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Terrorism and Security, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Politics of Gender, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Political Dissertation, 30 Credits, Optional
  • International Political Economy, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Popular Protest, Riot and Reform in Britain, 1760-1848 B, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Everyday Lives: An Intimate History of Twentieth Century Women, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Final Year History Dissertation, 30 Credits, Optional
  • Witch-Bottles to Wishing-Wells: The Material Culture of Everyday Ritual, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Boom Cities and New Towns in the 20th Century A, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Pacific Histories: Colonisation, Conflict and Connections, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Sinners, Scoundrels & Deviants: Non-Conformity in the Atlantic World A, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Cold War Film and Propaganda, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Middle East in turmoil: The Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948, 15 Credits, Optional


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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Employability is central to everything we do. Our history students can take up a work placement in a local museum, archive or heritage site, while our Politics and International Relations programme offers an optional year-long work placement, giving you practical experience and valuable transferable skills. Your studies in history and politics will help you to analyse issues critically, think creatively and present arguments convincingly – all skills useful for careers in political advocacy, government or non-governmental organisations, the media, marketing, teaching, the law, civil service, and the voluntary sector.

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Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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