History and Politics

University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Some of the decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on people’s lives. Studying politics gives you the chance to see how these decisions are made, while studying history lets you explore the impact previous decisions have had on people in many different eras and cultures. For the History side of the course, you'll have the opportunity to shape your studies to your interests. Our modules are historically and geographically diverse, so you can pick the periods and places that fascinate you the most. You’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials too. While you’re here you could build up some very useful and transferable skills: to analyse and communicate; to put together a convincing argument; to gain the self-discipline to work on your own; and to work with others to assess challenges and solve them. On the Politics side of the course, we’ll encourage you to roll up your sleeves and get truly involved. Of course, we’ll look at the theory behind the politics, but then we’ll give you the chance to apply it in the working environment, with an invaluable work placement in your chosen field. This could involve working for an MP, or helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or media outlet. You'll also gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. While you’re studying you can get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. From time to time we have guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and we also often hold student debates and encourage students to get involved with political blogs. You could also join the Student Politics Society to get really immersed in your subject and gain practical experience.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: The Modern World Britons Abroad 1500-2000 Introduction to Politics Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship Year 2 Core module: Research Skills Option modules: Choose up to two options from a list which may include: Work Related Project Professional Work Placement Module History One option from a list which may include: Hands on History: Voice Film and Material Culture Holy Wars: The Age of Crusades Reformation and Revolution Modern India: from Raj to Independence C. 1860-1950 Hitler's Germany: Life and Death in the Third Reich Digital Victorians After the Black Death: Late Medieval Society Medieval and Early Modern Warfare in England Growing Up in the Past: Oral Histories of Childhood and Youth Politics Up to three options from a list which may include: Competing Perspectives on Development Ethnicity and Nationalism British Party Politics US Politics and Society Democracy and Democratisation Year 3 (optional placement year) Final Year Core module: History and Politics Dissertation History Option modules: Two options from a list which may include: History and Myth: Writing and Re-writing the Middle Ages Community and Identity in the Later Middle Ages Henry's Empire The Elizabethan Age The Great War: Culture and Society Britain on the Breadline Mindsets, Institutions and Madness The Body and the City The Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance and Memory in Wartime France Bloodlands: Historical Geography of Interwar East Central Europe Politics Two options from a list which may include: Terrorism and Conflict Resolution Debates in Political Theory The Government and Politics of Europe At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.

Assessment method

Assessment will include essays, reports, exams, oral presentations and a dissertation. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in History or Politics.
A level BBB including a minimum grade B in History or Politics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including either Higher Level History or Higher Level Politics at grade 6.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements (http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/howtoapply/entryrequirements/).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 19/20 entry will be £9,250. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/ If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available http://www.hud.ac.uk/international/tuition-fees/ Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

History and Politics at University of Huddersfield - UCAS