History and Politics

BA (Hons)
Entry 2016: CCC / 240 UCAS points
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: LV21
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Overview

Studying both history and politics together will give you great depth in understanding contemporary affairs, from social policy to international relations, as it takes the long view of empires, colonialism, debates about forms of government, revolutions and social change not just in Europe but around the globe. This degree traces how the development of society, economy and politics in modern Europe inextricably linked to the rise and fall of European empires, and vice versa.

The teaching on the history side is conducted in small seminar groups by experts in modern European history, whilst on the politics side you will benefit from our teaching staff’s extensive regional expertise on the politics and history of Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Central Asia and the Far East.

The possibility of expanding your degree to encompass a fourth year of professional experience or study abroad means you can take advantage of the many contacts that staff and our international study body have with local and international government and non-governmental organisations around the world, such as the permaculture movement.

This additional year means you graduate with enhanced life, language, academic and educational skills, ready for postgraduate employment. We also use our many alumni around the world to mentor and support you.

Why Bradford?

With our research publications recognised as excellent in the UK Research Assessment Exercises, and active research for the future UK Research Excellence Framework, Bradford is firmly committed to teaching with cutting-edge research.

A dissertation in History comprises half of your final-year studies, giving you the opportunity to explore a topic of your own choosing in much greater depth.

We do not offer placements on this course, although you may be interested in studying for a year at one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia or Australia in order to widen your horizons and develop your independence and confidence.

Study abroad enhances your personal skills development and is positively recognised by employers.

Entry requirements

2016

Typical offer: CCC / 240 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements (but should ideally include minimum grade C in History or a social science subject).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma, to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or equivalent.

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our Social Sciences and Management with International Foundation Year.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

2017

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our Social Sciences and Management with International Foundation Year.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
European Empires: From Zenith to Collapsecore
Introduction to International Relationscore
Political Systems, Theories and Ideologiescore
Roots of Contemporary Europecore
Study Skills for Peace Studies, History and Politicscore
War and Society in Modern Europecore
Year 2
EITHER Conflict Research Skills (Politics)core
OR Research Skills (History)core
Political Philosophycore
War, Democracy and Consensus: Britain, 1914 to the presentcore
Diplomacy and Statecraftoption
Global Governanceoption
International Politics of the Cold War 1945 - 1991option
Regional Politicsoption
Security: Theories and Conceptsoption
Understanding Violenceoption
Year 3
Britain, Germany and Central Europecore
EITHER Researching History: Dissertationcore
OR Dissertation (Politics)core
Democracy and Authoritarianismoption
Human Rightsoption
Security: Threats and Security Analysisoption
US Power and International Securityoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

This degree develops graduates’ employability skills in analytical and problem-solving research and writing, in teamwork, and oral presentation skills.

Graduates can develop History-related careers in teaching, museum and archive work or librarianship, or find employment in a whole range of careers where a History degree is valued for its intellectual rigour and the transferable skills developed.

With their Political science training, career opportunities include working with international organisations, in local government, and the civil service, and public affairs consultancy.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Peace Studies graduates was £17,682.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2016/17:

  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • International: £12,950 per year

Tuition fees are subject to government review (Home/EU) and University review (International) for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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Student profiles

Hear what our students have to say about the course:

Tom Walling says: "It's a great mix of subjects. We’re learning about a broad range of topics so we're not tied us down to one area - politics, psychology, philosophy, sociology." Read more from Tom here.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.