University of Buckingham

History and Politics (2-year degree) University of Buckingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our focus is on international history from roughly 1800 onwards, covering empires, the rise in political polarisation, World Wars and the shaping of our modern political systems. This fits well with politics, which at Buckingham is particularly focused on the study of specific countries and regions, including the EU, United States, Latin America, the Middle East, Iran, Russia and China.

You will be taught by experts in small groups. Your lecturers will also be your tutors; we don’t employ graduate teaching assistants. And you will benefit from the diverse cultural experiences of the other students, who are drawn from over 80 countries.

You will gain a comprehensive knowledge that can be adapted to a wide range of careers. The degree is an ideal preparation for careers in diplomacy, international business, journalism, politics and education, as well as the academic grounding to pursue further studies in history, politics or international relations.

Course details

Modules

Africa and the Dominions, Appeasement and War, Comparative Revolutions: Britain, France and Russia, Competing Approaches to Political Analysis, Dissertation, European Industrial Revolutions, Freedom, Government and Politics of China, Government and Politics of the UK and the US, History Study Skills, International Relations: Theories and Concepts, Intervention, Free Trade and Protection, Introduction to Political Theory, Liberalism and Nationalism, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Politics of Latin America, Politics of the Middle East, Rivalries and Alliances 1879-1914, The Bipolar World 1945-1975, The European Union in the International System, The Historian at Work, The New International Society 1975-2005, The Rise of the Dictators, Theories of Empire and India, Victorian Culture 1 & 2.

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

A range of activities is pursued within the tutorial groups depending upon the module. Some modules emphasise problem solving as a means of reinforcing and cementing the important ideas – for example the module in Microeconomic Theory. Occasionally we use game playing to encourage discussion and understanding – for example when competing groups of students try to control a computer model of the economy in Principles of Macroeconomics. Other modules place greater emphasis on writing short and accurate technical pieces (Welfare Economics) or longer more discursive papers.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.


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

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Voted top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey since 2006, we provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC - BBB Typical Offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM from relevant National Diploma
Scottish Higher BBBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC

Applications to Buckingham are individually considered by the Admissions Team and other factors may be taken in to account. Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcome to apply, including if you have a mix of BTEC and A levels.

An EPQ will be considered alongside A levels.

Foundation options are also available. Please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or +44 (0)1280 820313) for more information.

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). IELTS requirements are as follows: (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £25,200 Whole course
EU £25,200 Whole course
International £34,800 Whole course
England £25,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25,200 Whole course
Scotland £25,200 Whole course
Wales £25,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: The University of Buckingham is an alternative provider because we do not receive annual funding through the UK funding councils. Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £6,165 (September 2018) paid direct to the University. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees can be found on our website at: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/fees/

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

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