Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees More Details
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

This course gives you a unique opportunity to study two deeply complementary disciplines. History and Politics make natural bedfellows: history (and the writing of history) is entrenched in politics and political frameworks, whilst contemporary politics and political institutions, organisations and movements can only be fully understood when examined in longer historical patterns. Combining these degrees thus equips you with the analytical tools to explore and understand societies, both then and now.

In this course, you will explore the factors which have helped shape the modern world since 1789 – including war and revolution, nationalism and liberalism, democracy, socialism and fascism – from both the historical and political perspectives. Based in the heart of London, you will make the most of the city’s resources, interacting first-hand with your subject matter through field-walks and visits. Aside from learning the main themes, skills and approaches in both disciplines, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules, which give you a truly global outlook: history lectures explore the modern histories of Europe, China, Africa, South-East Asia and America to offer British, European and international perspectives, whilst Politics modules focus on Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia and America. You can study an elective module from across the university in each year, and also take a credit-bearing history or politics internship or language class.

All of these things are aimed not only at creating the minds of the future, but also at enhancing your employability for life after university. By gaining a wide range of research, analytical and evaluative skills, our graduates are highly sought after by employers in education, government, international organisations, media, marketing, NGOs and all sectors of industry. In fact, during your degree you have the option to undertake either history or politics-focused internships, or to learn a new language, opportunities which many of our students seize and thoroughly enjoy.

Ultimately, by completing a degree in History and Politics here, you have the opportunity to study two fundamental disciplines in one of the world’s oldest and most influential political capitals. Research underpins much of our teaching, and we encourage you into a community of scholars through teaching which will enthuse and inspire you. A wide range of assessments includes essays, critical analyses, documentary analyses, individual and group presentations, blogs, open and closed book exams, statistical analyses, reports and a dissertation.

London is our campus, but as students of a joint degree you are also given the opportunity to travel to international destinations from Europe to Asia. We look forward to meeting you.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part time you will study the same content, spread over four years. Please note, each Level corresponds to one Year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

 

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • British Politics
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Global Governance and the State
  • History and Politics Tutorial
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Political Ideas in Action
  • Politics of Migration
  • The Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy 1940-1951

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
  • Fenians to Free State: the Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • History Internship OR Politics and International Relations Internship
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • Politics and Society in 21st Century America
  • Power and the State
  • Questioning Rights: History, Theory and Practice
  • Research Skills and Dissertation Preparation (Writing History OR Doing Political Research)
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
  • Equality, Justice and Citizenship
  • History and Politics Dissertation
  • New World Order: a History of International Organisations in the Twentieth Century
  • Post-colonial Politics
  • Radical Democracy
  • Sex, Race, and the Making of Modern Britain, 1880-1912
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM Humanities subject
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* + A Level in a Humanities subject
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in a Humanities subject

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

 

Careers

Graduates have a wide range of research, analytical and evaluative skills, and are highly sought after by employers in education, international organisations such as the EU and the UN, media and marketing, NGOs, the Civil Service and the Foreign Office, and all sectors of industry.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema. Criminology, Sociology and Politics students are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

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Studying History at Westminster

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