University of Nottingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and Politics

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Course summary

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Contemporary political ideas and practice are heavily influenced by modern history. Politics and History are complementary disciplines, using different methods of research and analysis. Use primary historical sources to research, write and debate history. Learn to compare and contrast different political institutions, systems and behaviours. The History and Politics: A Problem or Solution? module (year 2) is specifically designed for this degree. In this module, you reflect on the complementary nature of the two disciplines. It sits alongside optional modules, covering a wide chronological and geographical range. As a joint honours student, you will benefit from skills development and assessment methods from both subjects. Mostly, each subject is taught separately, but you may choose a uniting theme for your final year dissertation.

Course details


You will take 120 credits of modules each year. In year one in politics you will take 60 credits of core modules. You will learn to compare and contrast political institutions and behaviour in liberal democracies and gain a thorough understanding of the history of political ideas. You will also take 20 credits of core history modules, giving you an introduction to the skills and methodologies of history as a discipline. You will also take 40 credits of optional modules from a wide range. In year two you will take the integrated History and Politics: a Problem or a Solution? module. The remainder of your 100 credits will be taken from a mix of optional politics and history modules. You will choose from two scenarios in your final year, specialising in either history or politics, but while maintaining a mix of both disciplines. In scenario one, weighted towards history, you will either take two 20-credit politics modules and a 40-credit Special Subject and 40 credit history dissertation. In scenario 2, weighted towards politics, you will take a 40 credit politics dissertation together with two 20 credit politics modules and the 40 credit History Special Subject. Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Humanities, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award. You can also spend time overseas through the University of Nottingham Study Abroad programme.

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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Course codeVL12
Institution code N84
Campus nameUniversity Park Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA Including A in History. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Applications assessed on an individual basis, please contact the University.
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 of which 30 credits must be at distinction. 12 level 3 credits must be from history and achieved at distinction. Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information. GCSE English at grade C or above is also required.
Scottish Higher AAABB This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA including History.
Scottish Advanced Higher AA Including History with grade A and Scottish Highers AAABB including History with grade A.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 - 34 points with a minimum of 6 points in History at Higher level.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A plus grades AA at A level including History.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M1, M1 Including History as principal subject at D3.

European Baccalaureate - 85% overall including 8.5 in History, GCSE requirements - English grade C ( numeric grade 4)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19000* 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 £19000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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History and Politics at University of Nottingham - UCAS