History and International Relations BA (Hons) | Student Connect

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations and History

Our Politics and History programme gives you the opportunity to study current challenges in national and international politics while gaining an understanding of the wider historical context of our modern world. 

The course brings together the two naturally close disciplines of Politics and History through a focus on political history. Studying history and politics in tandem will develop your ability to understand how people lived and thought in the past, and the ways in which they act politically in the present.

You’ll study with a top history department – we’re ranked first in the country for the social and cultural impact of our research - and be taught by political historians working at the cutting edge of their research disciplines.

Alongside core politics modules in your first year introducing you to contemporary British politics and international relations theory, you’ll study history modules that will give you an insight into the making of the modern world, such as campaigns for freedom and equality and America from Hamilton to Trump. 

Modules devised for this joint degree such as Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity provide a bridge between history and politics. In your second year you’ll continue this interdisciplinary approach with a module on Nation and Identity, which examines the growth of new states and the political landscape of interwar Europe.

Just as an historical approach brings breadth and depth to your study of politics, the theories of political science you’ll study in our core politics modules will give you the analytical tools to explore the implications of major historical events, alongside their socio, economic and political impacts. 

Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about but will also give your CV a boost. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s absolutely fine too. 

In your final year, you demonstrate your research skills by producing a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. Previous students have been inspired by their year of study abroad, while others have worked on women code breakers at Bletchley Park, the Notting Hill riots, and vice and sexuality in 17th -century London. You’ll also have the option to follow an oral history project, or study modules ranging from the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, to terrorism and security, to the politics of gender.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECIB requirement
112 - 120BBC - BBBDMM - DDM112 - 120 points

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics

Access Course Tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Course Details

Our history and politics students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment, and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. We see our students as fellow researchers, and we place a great deal of importance on sharing and developing skills. 

You will have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV. We offer extra-curricular modules in debating and model United Nations, while our renowned staff-student Oral History team has taken students to Australia and produced a BBC Radio 4 documentary, which was commended at the 2018 Royal Historical Society Public History Awards.

Year 1

Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800
The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s
Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment
Historians' Toolkit
Power, Citizens and the State

Optional modules
Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001 15 Credits
Introduction to Public History
The Heritage Industry in Britain
Africa and the World, 1450-1850
Comparing Political Systems
The Art of War: An Introduction to Strategic Studies
Anarchy, Order and Beyond: Studying International Relations

Year 2

Graduate Skills

Optional modules
Comparative Political Systems
Modern Political Philosophy
Security and Governance
We, the People: Democratic Theory and Practice
The State in the 21st Century
Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity
Hearth & Heart: Family Life in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Propaganda in Twentieth-Century War and Politics
Nation & Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939
Making a Historical Documentary
Making Histories: Public History Work Experience
USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights
Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism
Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe
Crime and Society in England, 1550-1750
The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991
Doing History: Investigating the Historians' Craft

Year 3

Optional modules
Bodies and Sexuality in the Early Modern Period A
Italy and Fascism
International Organisations
Politics of the European Union
Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
Post-Colonial Theory and Non-Western Philosophy
Terrorism and Security
The Politics of Gender
Political Dissertation
International Political Economy
Popular Protest, Riot and Reform in Britain, 1760-1848 B
Everyday Lives: An Intimate History of Twentieth Century Women
Final Year History Dissertation
Witch-Bottles to Wishing-Wells: The Material Culture of Everyday Ritual
Boom Cities and New Towns in the 20th Century A
Pacific Histories: Colonisation, Conflict and Connections
Sinners, Scoundrels & Deviants: Non-Conformity in the Atlantic World A
Cold War Film and Propaganda
The Middle East in turmoil: The Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948

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