City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and Politics

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Course summary

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The History and Politics joint degree will appeal to ambitious students interested in developing a deep understanding of politics and political processes rooted in both the past and the present. You will work closely with world class academics to develop the tools and techniques of historical research, and acquire an international and global perspective on politics and power The course provides a strong grounding in modern history, political theory, the history of ideas and the study of politics. You will work with digital information, engage in independent research projects of your own design, and practice developing policy positions on current events. History and Politics graduates go on to work in fields such as public policy, education, consulting, advocacy and NGOs, law, publishing, and the heritage sector. You will cover topics such as: How have historical events and political processes shaped the modern world? What are the key issues and transnational forces that have allowed the contemporary world order to emerge? Studying at a diverse university with an international outlook, this degree will develop your understanding and knowledge of historical and contemporary political issues from an international and global perspective. Through a selection of modules from the City History and Politics programmes, and core seminars designed exclusively for the joint degree, History and Politics students will examine key historical and political developments in a range of nations, societies and cultures. Students will develop skills in independent research, critical analysis, communication, public speaking and policy writing. Career development opportunities are embedded within the course: as part of the course students will engage with contemporary politics and policymakers, and will have the opportunity to gain professional experience through a work placement.

Course details


Year 1: First-year students are introduced to the global history of the modern world, the principles and ideas that define the study of politics, key concepts and thinkers in political theory, and the foundations of comparative politics. Core modules:

  • The Development of the Modern World
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Puzzles of Comparative Politics
  • Past and Present: Skills and Methods in History and Politics
Elective Modules include:
  • International Relations Theories
  • Emerging Powers in a Changing World
  • Conflict, Conquest and Cultural Encounter in World History
  • From `Rule Britannia’ to Brexit Britain: Britain and the world
  • From the nineteenth century to the present
  • Making of the modern world economy
  • Politics of Britain
Year 2: Second-year students study the ideas and ideologies that have shaped the modern world, situate these ideas in their historical context, and develop an advanced understanding of comparative politics. Core modules: -Ideas in History: from the enlightenment to post-colonialism
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
  • History and Policy
Second year Elective Modules cover a range of History and Politics modules, including:
  • Ordering the world: International thought in the 20th century
  • Fifty shade of red: Russia in the twentieth century
  • Politics of the USA
  • History of East Asia
  • Transnational social movements
  • Violent politics
  • Work placement
Year 3 Core modules:
  • History and Politics Dissertation
  • History and Politics Dissertation Research and Writing Skills
Elective Modules include:
  • Radicals and Reformers: left-wing politics and activism in Britain and the world since 1945
  • Comparative Empires in the Modern Era
  • Political Change in Europe
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Practical Politics
- Holocaust in History and Memory "

Assessment method

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
- Year 3: 60%

How to apply

Application deadlines

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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
A level BBB A Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points 29 points overall including a minimum of 5.0 from two Higher Level subjects.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C) or equivalent are also required.

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 £15920 Year 1

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History and Politics at City, University of London - UCAS