City, University of London

History and Politics City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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The History and Politics joint degree will appeal to ambitious students interested in developing a deep understanding of politics and political processes rooted in both the past and the present. You will work closely with world class academics to develop the tools and techniques of historical research, and acquire an international and global perspective on politics and power

The course provides a strong grounding in modern history, political theory, the history of ideas and the study of politics. You will work with digital information, engage in independent research projects of your own design, and practice developing policy positions on current events.

History and Politics graduates go on to work in fields such as public policy, education, consulting, advocacy and NGOs, law, publishing, and the heritage sector.

How have historical events and political processes shaped the modern world? What are the key issues and transnational forces that have allowed the contemporary world order to emerge?

Studying at a diverse university with an international outlook, this degree will develop your understanding and knowledge of historical and contemporary political issues from an international and global perspective. Through a selection of modules from the City History and Politics programmes, and core seminars designed exclusively for the joint degree, History and Politics students will examine key historical and political developments in a range of nations, societies and cultures.

Students will develop skills in independent research, critical analysis, communication, public speaking and policy writing. Career development opportunities are embedded within the course: as part of the course students will engage with contemporary politics and policymakers, and will have the opportunity to gain professional experience through a work placement.

Course details


Year 1:
First-year students are introduced to the global history of the modern world, the principles and ideas that define the study of politics, key concepts and thinkers in political theory, and the foundations of comparative politics.

They will examine the contributions historians can make to the study of politics, and the ways in which scholars of politics draw on the past to understand the development of institutions, societies, and power dynamics in the present.

Core modules

  • The Development of the Modern World
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Puzzles of Comparative Politics
  • Past and Present: Skills and Methods in History and Politics
  • Elective Modules
  • International Relations Theories
  • Emerging Powers in a Changing World
  • Conflict, Conquest and Cultural Encounter in World History From `Rule Britannia’ to Brexit Britain: Britain and the world From the nineteenth century to the present

Year 2:
Second-year students study the ideas and ideologies that have shaped the modern world, situate these ideas in their historical context, and develop an advanced understanding of comparative politics. They will develop policy positions on contemporary political and social issues, and will also have the option to build employability skills through a work placement.

Core modules

  • Ideas in History: from the enlightenment to post-colonialism
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
  • History and Policy
  • Elective Modules
  • Ordering the world: International thought in the 20th century
  • History of East Asia
  • Transnational social movements
  • Violent politics

Final-year students conduct a major piece of independent research, develop their analytical skills in a History and Politics Research Seminar, and choose from a wide variety of specialist modules.

Core modules

  • History and Politics Dissertation
  • History and Politics Dissertation Research and Writing Skills
  • Elective Modules
  • Radicals and Reformers: left-wing politics and activism in Britain and the world since 1945
  • Comparative Empires in the Modern Era
  • Political Change in Europe
  • International Politics of the Middle East

Assessment method

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

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 code VL12
Institution code C60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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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
A level BBB

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,920 Year 1

Additional fee information

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City, University of London
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City of London

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