University of Huddersfield

History and Politics University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

For the History side of the course, we'll give you the chance to shape your studies to your interests. Our modules are historically and geographically diverse, so you can pick the periods and places that fascinate you the most. You’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials too.

While you’re here you could 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.

On the Politics side of the course, we’ll encourage you to roll up your sleeves and get truly involved. We'll give you the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. Of course, we’ll look at the theory behind the politics, but then we’ll give you the chance to apply it in the working environment, with an invaluable work placement in your chosen field.

This could involve working for an MP, or helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or media outlet.

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 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. Politics Two options from a list which may include: Terrorism and Conflict Resolution; Debates in Political Theory; The Government and Politics of Europe. At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.

Assessment method

Include essays, reports, exams, oral presentations and a dissertation.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code VL12
Institution code H60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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 which should include modules in History or Politics.

Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,000 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

The fees detailed are the fees agreed for 17/18. These may be subject to an inflationary rise in 18/19.

Sponsorship information

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Provider information

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University of Huddersfield

Course contact details

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+44 (0)1484 472606

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