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Course summary

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. Through a selection of modules from the City History and Politics programmes, and core seminars designed exclusively for the joint degree, you will examine key historical and political developments in a range of nations, societies and cultures. You will benefit from this degree in the following ways:

  • Work closely with world class academics to develop the tools and techniques of historical research
  • Acquire an international and global perspective on politics and power
  • Develop skills in independent research, critical analysis, communication, public speaking and policy writing
  • Apply your skills to the real-world – work with digital information, engage in independent research projects of your own design, and practice developing policy positions on current events
  • Prepare for your future career with an optional work placement and professional development opportunities embedded in the course
  • Engage with contemporary politics and policymakers
  • Gain a strong grounding in modern history, political theory, the history of ideas and the study of politics.


Year 1 Develop an expert understanding of global history, 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 History in the Age of Digital Information History Elective Modules: Conflict, Conquest, and Cultural Encounter in World History The Bigger Picture: History in Contemporary Politics and Culture From ‘Rule Britannia’ to Brexit Britain: Britain and the World from the Nineteenth Century to the Present From Empires to Union: Europe in the Twentieth Century Politics Elective Modules: International Relations Theories The Making of the Modern World Economy Emerging Powers in a Changing World Programme Stage Year 2 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: History and Politics Core Module Y2 History Elective Modules: Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century The Making of Modern South Asia Slavery, Colonialism and Revolution in the Caribbean Politics Elective Modules: Transnational Social Movements States and Markets in an Era of Globalisation Comparative Political Economy Politics of the USA Comparative Asian Politics Employability Elective Modules: Work Placement Micro-Placements Year 3 Conduct a major piece of independent research, develop their analytical skills in a History and Politics Research Seminar, and choose from a wide variety of specialist modules. Core Elective Modules: History Dissertation Dissertation Seminar Final Year Dissertation Project History Elective Modules: Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945 Revolution: Rebels and Riots in the Long Nineteenth Century Comparative Empires in the Modern Era Genocide and the Holocaust in History and Memory The History of Things: Material and Cultural History in the Twentieth Century Disruptive Divas: Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music Politics Elective Modules: Global Governance American Foreign Policy Political Change in Europe Governance in the Global Economy The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace Sexuality and Gender in World Politics Employability Elective Modules: Micro-Placements Industry Projects Integrated Professional Training Modules are subject to change.

Assessment method

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, which may include coursework, essays, reading reflections, unseen exams, oral presentations, group assignments, and a history dissertation. Assessment will emphasise both intellectual rigour and skills that will be crucial in your subsequent professional life.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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