University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and Politics

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Course summary

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The decisions made by governments and other political institutions have a huge effect on people’s lives. Studying politics gives you the chance to see how and why these decisions are made, while studying history lets you explore the impact of past decision-making on people in many different eras and cultures.

  • History has a 95% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2019).
  • You can choose from a range of historically and geographically diverse option modules to focus on topics that interest you the most.
  • Opportunities to build up some very useful and transferable skills: analysis and communication, constructing a convincing argument, motivating yourself to work on your own, and developing your ability to work with others, assessing and solving problems together.
  • Gain valuable work experience in your chosen field. This could involve working for an MP, or helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or museum.
  • Get involved with the student History Society and/or the student Politics Society to immerse yourself in your subject and gain practical experience organising events and activities.
On the Politics side of the course, you'll gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. Fort History, you can study a diverse range of eras and regions, seeing how politics interacts with culture and society over time. There are various extra-curricular activities you can attend, such as guest lectures from MPs or other political figures, and we often hold debates and encourage students to get involved with political blogging. History is central to politics whether it is Donald Trump promising to Make America Great Again or campaigns to remove the symbols of slavery and colonial exploitation. Equally politics and politicians have been an essential component of history since the ancient Greeks. You can study the interaction of history and politics from the medieval period to the twenty first century and in locations as diverse as India, the US and Europe. ~ Professor Barry Doyle, Professor of Health Histories. Additional Costs: Placements The nature and suitability of your work placement is decided in consultation with your tutors. You are responsible for making your own arrangements for any travel or incurred costs in relation to the placement module, or in relation to the optional placement year if you chose to undertake one as part of your degree.

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 one option from a list which may include: Work Experience Placement Professional Work Placement Module Then choose 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 Growing Up in the Past: Oral Histories of Childhood and Youth Then choose 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 Option modules: Choose 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 India’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’: The Making and Re-Making of the World’s Largest Democracy Then choose two options from a list which may include: Terrorism and Conflict Resolution Debates in Political Theory The Government and Politics of Europe

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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Application codes

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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 for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages - Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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 students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an EU or 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 - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

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History and Politics at University of Huddersfield - UCAS