University of Huddersfield

History and Politics University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Some of the decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on people’s lives. Studying politics gives you the chance to see how these decisions are made, while studying history lets you explore the impact previous decisions have had on people in many different eras and cultures.

  • History has a 94% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2018)

  • Each year you’ll be able to choose from a range of historically and geographically diverse option modules to focus on topics that fascinate you most

  • Opportunities to build up some very useful and transferable skills: to analyse and communicate; to put together a convincing argument; to gain the self-discipline to work on your own; and to work with others to assess challenges and solve them

  • Opportunities for work experience in your chosen field. This could involve working for an MP, or helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or museum

  • Get involved with the Student History Society and/or the Student Politics Society to get really immersed in your subject and gain practical experience

On the Politics side of the course, you'll gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. While you’re studying you can get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. From time to time we have guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and we also often hold student debates and encourage students to get involved with political blogs.

Course details


Year 1
Core modules:
The Modern World
Britons Abroad 1500-2000
Introduction to Politics
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship

Year 2
Core module:
Research Skills

Option modules:
Choose up to two options from a list which may include:
Work Related Project
Professional Work Placement Module

History - One option from a list which may include:
Hands on History: Voice Film and Material Culture
Holy Wars: The Age of Crusades
Reformation and Revolution
Modern India: from Raj to Independence C. 1860-1950
Hitler's Germany: Life and Death in the Third Reich
Digital Victorians
After the Black Death: Late Medieval Society
Medieval and Early Modern Warfare in England
Growing Up in the Past: Oral Histories of Childhood and Youth

Politics - Up to three options from a list which may include:
Competing Perspectives on Development
Ethnicity and Nationalism
British Party Politics
US Politics and Society
Democracy and Democratisation

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final year
Core module:
History and Politics Dissertation

History Option modules:
Two options from a list which may include:
History and Myth: Writing and Re-writing the Middle Ages
Community and Identity in the Later Middle Ages
Henry's Empire
The Elizabethan Age
The Great War: Culture and Society
Britain on the Breadline
Mindsets, Institutions and Madness
The Body and the City
The Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance and Memory in Wartime France
Bloodlands: Historical Geography of Interwar East Central Europe
India’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’: The Making and Re-Making of the World’s Largest Democracy

Politics - Two options from a list which may include:
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
Debates in Political Theory
The Government and Politics of Europe

Assessment method

Assessment will include essays, reports, exams, oral presentations and a dissertation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in History or Politics.
A level BBB including a minimum grade B in History or Politics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including either Higher Level History or Higher Level Politics at grade 6.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages -

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Placements - The nature and suitability of your work placement is decided in consultation with your tutors. You are responsible for making your own arrangements for any travel or incurred costs in relation to the placement module, or in relation to the optional placement year if you chose to undertake one as part of your degree. Fees may rise by RPI-X, which is set by the Government. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the exact amount of the 2020/21 tuition fees in the Spring of 2020 and will update these web pages accordingly. The University operates a fair fee policy which offers a guarantee about the costs of studying on your course. Please find out what's included in your tuition fee here - Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ( or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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Course contact details

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School of Music, Humanities and Media - History

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