Course Overview

UK Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,400 *
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

History and Politics are deeply complimentary disciplines: history (and the writing of history) is entrenched in politics and political frameworks, while contemporary politics and political institutions, organisations and movements can only be fully understood when examined in longer historical patterns. Combining these subjects equips you with the analytical tools to explore and understand societies, both past and present.

In our course, you'll explore the factors that 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'll 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'll 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 form British, European and international perspectives, while politics modules focus on Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia and America.

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 that will enthuse and inspire you.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Our course offers either a politics and international relationship internship or a history internship, allowing you to practise your acquired skills in the world of work and further enhance your employment skills
  • Study key contemporary questions, with a focus on modern history and politics
  • Join our diverse, international classroom at the heart of central London
  • See history and politics in action through trips to political and cultural institutions, and field walks and field trips within the UK and Europe

 

Course structure

On this course, we use a wide range of assessments, including essays, critical analyses, documentary analyses, individual and group presentations, blogs, open- and closed-book exams, statistical analyses, reports and a dissertation.

You can study an elective module from across the University in each year, and also undertake a credit-bearing history or politics internship or language class. Making the most of these opportunities will broaden your experiences and enhance your employability.

 The following subjects are indicative of what you'll study on this course. The contents of this course are the same, whether you study full-time or part-time. Please note, Level 4 corresponds to Year 1 of the full-time version of the course, Level 5 corresponds to Year 2, Level 6 corresponds to Year 3.

Subjects of study include:

  • The World Remade: Global Perspectives on the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Political Ideas in Action
  • History and Politics Tutorial
  • History Matters
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Protests: From Bread Riots to Extinction Rebellion
  • British Politics
  • Global Governance and Development

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Transforming British Politics
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations
  • History and Politics Tutorial
  • The World Renewed: Global Perspectives on the Twentieth Century
  • Jack the Ripper: Cultural and Popular History
  • Civil War to Civil Rights
  • Age of Nationalism: A Case Study
  • Governance in Europe
  • Middle East Politics
  • The Politics of Killing
  • Geopolitics
  • Power and the State

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you’ll have the option to undertake either a study or work placement at a partner institution abroad. The optional year abroad helps you develop cultural and intercultural awareness of the country you visit and gives you an opportunity to gain experience in a different setting.

Subjects of study include:

  • History and History and Politics Dissertation
  • Special Subjects in History
  • Postcolonial Politics and International Relations
  • Special Subjects in History
  • The End of History?
  • Digital Politics
  • The Politics of Protest: Social and Political Movements Today
  • Policy and Practice
  • Gender and Politics
  • Equality, Justice, Citizenship
  • Archives and Museums Internship
  • Humanities Work Placement

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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.

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.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

90%
Graduates in work or further study

90% of our History and Politics BA graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after finishing their course. (Source: Discover Uni - site accessed in March 2020)

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Get ahead before you graduate

You'll have the opportunity to take part in an internship, allowing you to practise your skills and enhance your employability.

3,000
Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin, Ireland
  • First Derivatives Business Development
  • Hyve Group Events Services, London
  • Office of Minister of State for Transport and MP for Mid-Norfolk
  • Research Services, Lund University, Malmo, Sweden
  • Royal Statistical Society

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Archivist
  • Copywriter
  • Digital content producer
  • Museum curator
  • Politician’s assistant
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Public relations researcher
  • Social/political/historical researcher
  • Teacher

 

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Regent Campus in central London, you'll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city.

96%
High student satisfaction

In the National Student Survey, 96% of our students said they were satisfied with the course. 

(Source: Discover Uni - site accessed in March 2020)

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Field trips within the UK and Europe

We fully exploit our central London location, with visits to archives and museums, political and cultural institutions and field walks and field trips within the UK and Europe.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – CCC to BBB, with a Humanities or Social Sciences subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – DD to D*D*
  • Access – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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 – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

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.

 

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK 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: £2,400 (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.

Studying at Regent Campus

Teaching and assessment

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
Year
1
20%80%
2
28%72%
3
28%71%1%
4
22%75%3%
5
28%72%
Scheduled hours Independent study Placement

How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
     
Year
1
33%67%
2
23%47%30%
3
22%44%34%
4
7%3%90%
5
24%45%31%
Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – 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.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

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