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.
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.
We give you:
Employability is central to everything we do. Our history students can take up a work placement in a local museum, archive or heritage site, while our Politics and International Relations programme offers an optional year-long work placement, giving you practical experience and valuable transferable skills. Your studies in history and politics will help you to analyse issues critically, think creatively and present arguments convincingly – all skills useful for careers in political advocacy, government or non-governmental organisations, the media, marketing, teaching, the law, civil service, and the voluntary sector.
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.
Taking a year’s study abroad at one of our many partner universities is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our history and politics students, immersing yourself in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives.
|Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Introduction to Politics||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|International Relations Theory||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Historians' Toolkit||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Africa and the World, 1450-1850||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001||15 Credits||Optional|
|Introduction to Strategy||30 Credits||Optional|
|Contemporary British Politics||30 Credits||Optional|
|Introduction to Public History||15 Credits||Optional|
|The Heritage Industry in Britain||15 Credits||Optional|
|Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment||15 Credits||Optional|
|Graduate Skills||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|Comparative Political Systems||30 Credits||Optional|
|Modern Political Philosophy||30 Credits||Optional|
|Security and Governance||30 Credits||Optional|
|We, the People: Democratic Theory and Practice||15 Credits||Optional|
|The State in the 21st Century||15 Credits||Optional|
|Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity||15 Credits||Optional|
|Hearth & Heart: Family Life in the Long Eighteenth-Century||15 Credits||Optional|
|Propaganda in Twentieth-Century War and Politics||15 Credits||Optional|
|Nation & Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939||15 Credits||Optional|
|Making a Historical Documentary||15 Credits||Optional|
|Making Histories: Public History Work Experience||15 Credits||Optional|
|USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights||15 Credits||Optional|
|Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism||15 Credits||Optional|
|Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe||15 Credits||Optional|
|Crime and Society in England, 1550-1750||15 Credits||Optional|
|The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991||15 Credits||Optional|
|Doing History: Investigating the Historians' Craft||15 Credits||Optional|
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
|UCAS points||A Level||BTEC||IB requirement|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|23/09/2020||31/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|21/09/2020||31/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|20/09/2021||31/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time)|
|23/09/2021||31/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|21/09/2021||31/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|