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Politics and History Brunel University London Degree level: Undergraduate

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If you’re interested in politics and history, you don’t have to substitute one for the other. Why not study both in a combined degree? You’ll find they complement each other in so many ways. What is modern politics anyway but a reflection of yesterday’s political decisions?

Politics and History at Brunel is a dynamic combination of high level study in both subjects. Your politics studies will help you address critical questions like: Who has political power? Why do they have it? And in whose interest do their exercise it? Meanwhile, your studies in history will take you back into the societies of the past in Britain, Europe and the wider world to help you understand contemporary issues all the more. Both subjects will help to demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs, which will be an asset in so many fields of work.

Whether you’re studying modern Africa, imperialism or intelligence and security, you’ll not just learn about them – you’ll be analysing them using the tools of political science or craft of the historian to help deepen your understanding and critical thinking.

Opt for a placement year and you'll gain work experience that is highly valued by employers. Brunel students have secured placements in the Environmental Audit Committee, the House of Commons, Directorate of Gender Affairs, HM Treasury and the Competition Commission, to name only a few.

It’s a competitive world out there, so you’ll get plenty of support from your lecturers and the University’s Professional Development Centre to help prepare you for your placement year and the world of work.

Why not increase your career options with an accredited journalism course, a free modern language course, or a social media internship? You can even opt to study part of your degree abroad in one of our partner universities in Europe, or participate in an exchange programme to China or the USA.

It’s all available at Brunel to help you make a difference in the world – now and in the future.

Brunel politics and history graduates enter diverse careers. Many of our former students go into politics and the civil service and some are currently at GCHQ and military intelligence. Others work in the public and private sector like the NHS, international banks, business consultancy, law, NGOs and the media.

Course details

Modules

Typical module

Year 1
Modern British Politics
Modern Political Thought
Research Design and Qualitative methods in Politics
What is History?

Year 2
Comparative Political Institutions
Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice
Historians and their Craft

Year 3
Dissertation (This may be taken in Politics, or jointly between Politics and History)
European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects

Optional module

Year 1
Capital, Labour and Power: Britain, 1707-1939
History, Memory and Culture in Europe since 1789
Migration and the Settler World, 1600-1914
Revolution, Liberty and the Origins of American Democracy
The Making of the Modern World

Year 2
Ancient Greek Political Thought: Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics
Australia and The Modern World.
Democracy and Democratisation
History of the Women’s Movement in the West, c. 1790-1930
Issues in American Politics
National Security Intelligence
Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World
The History of Political Cinema
The Holocaust
The State and Revolution
Themes in the History of Modern Africa
Theories of International Relations
Unity and Cultural Diversity
US Foreign Policy from World War 2 to the End of the Cold War

Year 3
Crisis and Critique
Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony
Fascism
History of Political Philosophy
Marx and Marxism
Media, Politics and Power in America
Parliamentary Studies
Parties and Voters in the UK
Public Policy Analysis
Terrorism 1960-2016
The British Maritime World, 1660-1815
The Second World War


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code LVG1
Institution code B84
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM in a relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits in a relevant subject
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3, H3
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D in any subject with A levels grade BB
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDM in a relevant subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D in any subject with A levels grade BB
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Test 65% in Brunel English Language Test with no less than 55% in each subsection

Brunel University London - English Language Requirements

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/international/English-Language-Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £15,400 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Brunel University London
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Uxbridge
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