History and Politics BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

Every political issue and structure has historical roots. By studying history and politics side by side, you’ll learn how to analyse and untangle the past in order to tackle the problems facing society today.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
VL12
Department
Politics and International Relations, History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587
history.admissions@le.ac.uk

School of History website

Course description

Course description

You will explore global developments through the complementary disciplines of history and politics. The balanced combination of history and politics enables you to develop an informed awareness of the contemporary world and a clear understanding of the historical roots of its ideas and problems, as well as its social, economic and political structures.

The History and Politics BA has been designed to give students an understanding of issues such as the theory and practice of international relations. By studying domestic and foreign policies it is possible to understand how political progress or conservatism has led to the most prolific events in modern history. You aren't confined to modern history though, as you will have plenty of flexibility to choose which periods of history you study in your option modules.

We are one of the largest History Departments in the UK. The expertise of our staff is wide-ranging, with active research in a vast choice of subjects and periods covering all parts of the world. This expertise and the high proportion of course options within the degrees mean that you have real choice.

We have an outstanding and international reputation for teaching and research. This research feeds directly into our teaching, creating a vibrant and exciting learning atmosphere and allowing our students to benefit from the most recent thinking.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-Level. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level + EPQ at grade B. We prefer A-Level History, though this is not essential.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level with 6 in one Higher Level subject.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of History.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • Tuition fees were £9,250 in the first year
  • Year Abroad fees were £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We offer several practical or placement modules so that you can gain hands-on experience in your chosen career path. For instance, our 'History in the Classroom' module includes practical teaching experience by incorporating a placement in a local school.

The final year 'Parliamentary Studies' module is approved and co-taught by staff at the Houses of Parliament. You will have an opportunity to visit Parliament as part of this module. 

We routinely develop paid internship opportunities for our students to gain additional, relevant work experience during their degrees. Roles such as research assistance, conference organiser, and editorial assistant have been offered in recent years.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 2 (History dissertation)

Year 2 (History dissertation)

If you plan to take the History dissertation in your Final Year, you should take these modules:

Core modules

Option modules

You will then choose five option modules. You can choose:

  • Either one History module from List 1A/1B plus two Politics modules from List 2 plus two Politics modules from List 4.
  • Or three Politics modules from List 2 plus one History module from List C1/2 plus one Politics module from List 4.

List 1A: History modules

List 1B: History modules

List 2: Politics modules

List 3A: History modules

List 3B: History modules

List 4: Politics modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2 (Politics dissertation)

Year 2 (Politics dissertation)

If you plan to take the Politics dissertation in your Final Year, you should take these modules:

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one History option module from:

Then choose one Politics option module from:

Then choose one History option module from:

Then choose one History option module from:

Finally choose one Politics option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of History has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (History dissertation)

Final Year (History dissertation)

Core modules

Option modules

You will choose five option modules. You can choose:

  • One History modules from List 1 plus two Politics modules from List 2 plus two Politics modules from List 4, or
  • One History module from List 1 plus two Politics modules from List 2 plus one History module from List 3 plus two Politics modules from List 4, or
  • Two History modules from List 1 plus one Politics module from List 2 plus two Politics modules from List 4, or
  • Three Politics modules from List 2 plus one History module from List 3 plus one Politics module from List 4, or
  • Three Politics modules from List 2 plus two History modules from List 3

List 1 (History modules)

List 2 (Politics modules)

List 3 (History modules)

List 4 (Politics modules)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (Politics dissertation)

Final Year (Politics dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

You will choose five option modules. You can choose

  • One History module from List 1 plus two Politics modules from List 2 plus two History modules from List 3, or
  • Two History modules from List 1 plus one Politics modules from List 2 plus two History modules from List 3, or
  • Two History modules from List 1 plus one Politics module from List 2 plus one History module from List 3 plus one Politics module from List 4, or
  • Three History modules from List 1 plus one History module from List 3 plus one Politics module from List 4, or
  • Three History modules from List 1 plus two Politics modules from List 4

Alternatively you can choose a History Special Subject from List 5 plus:

  • Either one History module from List 1 plus one Politics module from List 2
  • Or two Politics modules from List 2

List 1 (History modules)

List 2 (Politics modules)

List 3 (History modules)

List 4 (Politics modules)

List 5 (History Special Subjects)

  • The French Revolution, 1789-1804
  • Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth Century America
  • From Gin Lane to Westminster: Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain
  • The British Anti-Slavery Movement 1787-1833
  • Israel/Palestine: The Story of a Land 1882 to the present
  • The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • The Cause: Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain c.1897-1918
  • Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the 20th Century
  • Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia, 1941-1991
  • After Hitler: Culture and the Politics of the Nazi Past in the Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
  • Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C. 1551-2015

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

More than 90% of our research has been designated internationally significant, meaning our academics are among the world's best in their subjects.

Our New History Lab brings together staff and students every fortnight to discuss history over tea and cake. Guest speakers have included newsreader Julie Etchingham and historian Melvyn Bragg.

Our staff teach and research across a wide range of topics - from medieval to modern periods and across all the continents. This is reflected in the diversity and breadth of modules that you can study.

The University Library contains some fascinating historical archives, including the East Midlands Oral History Archive, featuring 30 years of recordings dating back to the Victorian period.

History at Leicester

Researching in the Library, Jaipreet found the ‘Special Collections’ particularly valuable.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by a variety of methods, ranging from large lectures to seminars to individual tutorials. Lectures are used to provide historical narrative and to raise key historical questions and areas of debate. Seminars are where you share your opinion about those debates and put forward your interpretation of history. In your first year you will normally have around ten contact hours per week, with more emphasis being placed on small group teaching and independent study as you progress through your degree.

Assessment is through exams and coursework (both long and short essays), source analyses, group projects and presentations. Approximately two thirds of your final degree mark will be based on your coursework; one third on your exams.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for History courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Year 2: 15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
  • Independent learning: 1020 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Major/Minor degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

More about Major/Minor degrees

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