Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and International Relations

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Course summary

History and International Relations reflects on past significant events, and studies global affairs, ideas, interactions, and structures that affect almost everything around us. On this programme, you will explore culture, politics and economics, as well as the role of organisations and power. You will learn to debate the deeper causes of historical change and develop subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to pursue a wide range of careers. Why choose this course?

  • No. 1 in the UK. Britain's best university, ranked by students (Student Crowd University Awards, 2022)
  • Gain insight into various eras, cultures, and society, building a foundation of knowledge and a broad interpretation of history
  • Learn to critically evaluate and reflect on historical events and how these have impacted the world we live in, supported by inspiring teachers
  • Enhance your career prospects with an optional International Year and experience life in a different country and explore new cultures
Our combined honours History and International Relations course combines the study of historical events and the impact of these on the society we live in today, whilst exploring the relationships between nations, global politics, and the influence of power in society. History at Keele is taught by academics who are active researchers and experts across a diverse range of fields (from political, social, economic and cultural history to the history of gender, health, sexuality and religion) and periods (from late-antiquity to the present day). You will develop your knowledge, critical thinking, and analytical skills by studying a range of topics, enabling you to trace the course of change in key areas of human history. You will learn to appreciate the impact of events, forces, and processes on individual societies and the world as a whole. International Relations is the study of global affairs, as well as ideas, interactions, and structures that affect almost everything around us. During your studies, you will learn about the causes of war and peace, regional and international security arrangements, foreign policy, international organisations, the history of international relations, British military and more. You will also develop a good understanding of traditional and critical approaches to global politics, from power-politics to the effects of gender and identity on current events. You will gain expertise on regional politics as well, focusing on Europe, the USA, East-Asia, the Middle East, African politics and more. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

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History and International Relations at Keele University - UCAS