BA (Hons) Politics and History

BA (Hons) Politics and History

By looking back at how society and political institutes were shaped throughout history, you can better understand the forces shaping them today. Throughout this course you will investigate the relationship between the past, the future and the present.

In your History modules you will focus on significant social and political developments over the 19th and 20th centuries from across the world. These may include periods of British, American, European and Russian history. You will investigate historical processes such as revolution, conflict and international organisation.

Throughout the Politics section of this course you will learn about the institutions and processes behind modern states. This will include a focus on the domestic government and politics of the UK, but you will also have the opportunity to explore politics from a global perspective. We will investigate crucial debates about how states interact with each other, the changing role of the state, and how states should respond to collective dilemmas such as climate change.

The course includes a wide range of optional modules, and you could find yourself studying anything from Edwardian Britain to the Arab Spring. Combining the study of History and Politics will allow you to gain an in depth understanding of events, institutions and policies and their impact on people and society over time.

We do everything we can to help you graduate into a great career, and you will study a specialist Work Related Learning module in your second year. Our connections include York Museums Trust, York Explore and Yorkshire Film Archive.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year 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 degree could lead you to a career directly related to Politics, such as working in local government or the Civil Service, or it could take you in a completely different direction, using the many transferrable skills you will develop. These include problem solving, developing arguments, analysing and evaluating information, collaboration, independent working, communication and more.

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

  • Heritage and Tourism
  • Historic building conservation
  • Law
  • Archives and curation
  • Local government
  • The Civil Service (they offer a Fast Stream graduate scheme)

Course Details

Year 1

Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills
'Politics and …’: An Interdisciplinary View
Researching and Presenting the Past
Global York: A Social and Cultural History of the City
War and Society
UK Politics: Tradition and Change
International or Global? Globalisation in Debate
European Revolutions
United States: Empire of Liberty

Year 2

Political Ideologies
The European Union
International Relations: Theory and Practice
Practical Politics
History, Community and Culture
Political Analysis: Theory and Method
Political Parties and Politicians in the UK
Foreign Policy
Making History
Tudor Women: Agency and Authority
Reds! The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism
From Slavery to Freedom
The Republic in Danger: France in the World 1914-62
A United Kingdom? Britain, 1707-1837
The Nation Divided: The Civil War Era in American Life
The Great Society: America in the 1960s
Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism
Historical Specialisms

Year 3

Dissertation in History / Dissertation in Politics
Short Dissertation in Politics
Global Governance
The Middle East
The Political Economy of Crisis
The Politics of Global Health
History Special Subject modules

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