History and Politics

Loughborough University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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The joint honours degree courses allow you to gain a first-class exposure to two subjects and to acquire a broader range of skills than a normal single-honours degree, whilst at the same time enjoying the benefits of specialisation. The course is split equally between the two subject areas. Its structure provides you with the ability to choose from an extensive range of optional modules tailoring the course to suit your interests and career aspirations. The historical component of the course spans the period from 1600 to the present, focusing mostly on the modern era. Its subject matter includes Britain and mainland Europe, but extends further afield to North America, the British Empire, Soviet Russia, South Asia and China. It begins with broad survey courses, proceeds with the history of individual countries or themes and culminates in specialist case studies. The political component equips you to think critically and analytically about contemporary political issues and institutions. It allows you to understand the mechanics of a variety of political institutions, as well as topical issues, ideas and controversies.

Course details


Year 1: This year provides you with a strong grounding in topics and approaches in history and politics. Course modules include surveys of modern European and world history, the nature of history, political ideologies and theory, democratic government and the contemporary world arena. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with the study of politics at this stage. Year 2: This year enables you to choose areas of history and politics in which to specialise. Areas studied include Cold War Europe, twentieth-century Britain, the United States, Russia, China, slavery, British politics, protest and resistance and European politics. You will also study the history of political thought and receive training in methods in preparation for your final-year dissertation. There will also be an alternative option to study abroad for the second semester - if you choose this route (instead of the standard route) you will undertake assessed work and complete a Distance Learning Research Design or Crafting a Dissertation module, plus select from a range of optional modules. Final year: This year is all about in-depth research. All students write a 12,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice in the field of history or politics. You will also choose options that are based on the current research projects of the history and politics staff. These include the Beatles and sixties Britain, the rise of Nazism, Jim Crow America, the British Empire, terrorism and political violence, contemporary political philosophy, gender and politics, Britain and the EU, nationalism and populism. A full list of indicative modules is available on the course page of our website.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeVL1F
Institution code L79
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB ABB (General Studies accepted)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall including 45 at Level 3. Please obtain: 23 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, rest at Merit.
Scottish Advanced Higher AB AB, plus Highers at majority A/B grades
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 (6,5,5 HL)
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels as long as individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/
Extended Project We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website – please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose Ireland in the Country/region drop down field for more information.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/entrance-requirements/. This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course. We accept a wide range of international qualifications such as the European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Hong Kong DSE, and Indian Standard XII among many others worldwide, on top of well-established International Foundation Programmes. Please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose your country in the Country/region drop down field for more information. Loughborough uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers outlined in the information given for each course. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/contextual-data/

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language. For full details of the acceptable English language requirements see our website


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
History and Politics at Loughborough University - UCAS