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Course summary

This fascinating modern history and politics degree explores the events that changed the world from the 19th to the 21st century – and the politics surrounding them. Throughout your course, you’ll examine history and politics in a range of contexts, including international history, intelligence and security and the policy decisions that impact our lives. The diversity of modules on offer will enable you to align your studies with the subject area that interests you most, taught by academic staff who are recognised as being internationally excellent in the field of politics and contemporary history. As you move into the second and third years of your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad for some, or all, of the year. Students who spend the full year studying at a European university may also qualify for a tuition fee waiver. Would you prefer to gain hands-on experience in the UK? You can also choose from a number of placement opportunities to give your CV the edge, including our politics placement scheme. You will:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the most important historical and political events of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
  • Choose from a diverse range of optional modules designed to explore the topics that interest you most
  • Be given the opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills in a variety of real-world settings
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Year one

  • Issues in Contemporary History
  • Britain and the World
  • International History I
  • International History II
  • International Politics II
  • Politics and Democracy
Year two
  • Theories of Power and Domination
You also choose one of the following:
  • International History 1789-1914
  • British Political History 1945-2007
You then choose the rest of your modules from the below options:
  • Britain and the Cold War, 1945-1991
  • Regimes and Dictatorship in Twentieth Century
  • US Foreign Policy Since 1945
  • Chinese Foreign Policy Since 1949
  • Political Communication: Media and Democracy
  • Intelligence, Security and Politics in Britain 1909-1994
  • Researching in History
Year three
  • Dissertation
You also study four modules from a range of options. Typically, they include:
  • The History and Politics of Socialism
  • The First World War
  • Corruption in Contemporary Politics
  • Politics and the Internet
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Britain and the European Resistance 1939-45
  • Politics Placement
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

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