BA (Hons) International Relations and History

BA (Hons) International Relations and History

International Relations and History are closely related subjects. Studying them together will deepen your understanding of the institutions, processes and events that shape states and societies. Learning about the historical events which paved the way for contemporary international politics is crucial to fully understand them. Equally, we can apply some of the modern concepts and theories behind international relations to analyse historical events and processes. This degree will allow you to explore this relationship, while also delving deep into specialist topics.  We have designed the modules you will study to compliment and reinforce your learning across both subjects.

York has played a central part in many of our country’s stories. This makes it an inspiring place to study history. There are many ways you can explore these subjects beyond the classroom. You may have the opportunity to:

  • Go on local, national and international field trips
  • Take part in a work experience project. Our connections in the city include York Museums Trust, York Explore and Yorkshire Film Archive.
  • Study abroad in your second year
  • Hear from visiting speakers with many different areas of expertise.
  • Attend conferences, seminars, workshops and events within the School.

By the end of your degree you will be able to explain the historical drivers of developments in international relations. You will have the expertise to analyse the current international political and economic landscape and identify the challenges that will shape our shared future.

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This course allows you to build skills which can be applied to many different careers. You will leave with skills in problem solving, developing arguments, analysing and evaluating information, collaboration, independent working, communication and more. These are valuable skills in diverse professional settings.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • The Civil Service (the offer a fast stream graduate scheme)
  • Charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Security and intelligence
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Historic building conservation
  • Law

Course Details

Year 1

Understanding World Politics
Researching and Presenting the Past
War and Society
International Security
Aid, Inequality and Development
United States: Empire of Liberty

Year 2

International Political Economy
Contemporary Security Challenges
Area Studies
International Relations: Theory and Practice
History, Community and Culture
Making History
From Slavery to Freedom
Reds! The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism
The Great Society: America in the 1960s
Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism
Historical Specialisms
The Republic in Danger: France in the World 1914-62
The Nation Divided: The Civil War Era in American Life

Year 3

Dissertation in History OR Dissertation in International Relations
Global Governance
The Politics of Global Health
Intervention, Peacekeeping and The Responsibility to Protect
Gender, Security and Conflict
Technology and Visual International Politics
History Special Subject modules

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