International Relations and History, BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to investigate the evolution of the international political system and the workings of the contemporary world.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
LV21
Start date
September 2018
Department
Politics and International Relations, History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2702
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Course description

Course description

International Relations are the product of historical change which means that in order to understand one, you must consider the other. The International Relations and History BA offers you the opportunity to explore the ways in which these two fascinating topics are linked.

You will learn about the methods and fundamentals of political and historical inquiry, as well as how to analyse complex issues and reach reasoned conclusions, to present coherent arguments in written and oral form, to engage in independent research and work effectively as a member of a team. These are all skills which are highly valued by employers.

You will be able to study the most vital issues affecting the modern world and understand their historical backgrounds - from the world's foremost powers (the United States, the EU, Russia and China) to smaller nations that are impacted by their behaviour.

You will be able to examine the workings and the health of the political system in Britain and other states. You will also explore some of the most important and interesting issues in national and international politics: Who holds power and why? Is there a crisis of political participation? What are the appropriate limits to individual liberty? Is globalisation a positive or negative process? When is war just? How can conflicts be resolved in divided societies? Can established modes of politics tackle environmental challenges?

This degree is very flexible as you will have the opportunity to choose the majority of your modules in your second and third years, allowing you to delve deeper into the areas of History and International Relations that fascinate you the most.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS Levels: BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points minimum.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full 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 department.

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    International Students

    Starting in 2018

    • £15,980 per year
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Careers and employability

      Careers and employability

      The development of transferable skills is a key feature of teaching at Leicester. Our courses are designed to ensure you are well equipped to secure graduate roles or places on postgraduate courses. We aim to improve your skills in written communications (from short reports to a long dissertation), oral presentation (both formal and informal), working as part of a team, independent learning (e.g. information gathering and time management), problem solving and information technology.

      Our careers and employability tutors support and facilitate your academic, professional and personal development. They will help you to make an informed choice, provide help and advice on employability, and send you information on potentially interesting traineeships and vacancies.

      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 1

      Core modules

      • Barbarism and Civilisation
      • The Shock of the Modern
      • Cold War, Crisis and Confrontation: International Relations, 1945-89
      • Key Concepts in International Relations
      • Order and Disorder: International Relations from 1989 to the Present

      Option modules

      Choose one International Relations module from:

      • Power in the World Economy
      • Case Studies in Post-Cold War (Dis-)Order

      Then choose two History modules from:

      • Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the Present
      • Great Britain and the State We’re In
      • Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation
      • American History Since 1877

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year 2 (History dissertation)

      Year 2 (History dissertation)

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

      Core modules

      • Perceiving the Past
      • The Historian’s Craft

      Option modules

      You will then choose one History module and four International Relations modules.

      You can choose:

      • One module from List A1 plus two modules from List A2 plus two modules from List B2, or
      • One module from List B1 plus three modules from List A2 plus one module from List B2.

      List A1: History modules

      • Race and Ethnicity
      • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
      • Global Cities
      • Radical Histories
      • Anglo-Saxon England to Alfred
      • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
      • Origins of a Global Economy
      • Modern Ireland
      • Culture and Society in Italy
      • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
      • Stormtroops, Iron Guard and Arrow Cross: Fascism and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1938-1945
      • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
      • Americas Plural: Latin America and the United States

      List A2: International Relations modules

      • International Theory
      • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
      • Foreign Policy Analysis
      • Latin American Politics
      • Gender History
      • Religious History
      • Histories of Violence
      • Histories of Medicine

      List B1: History modules

      • Classical and Post-Classical Latin
      • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
      • Domestic Revolutions: Women, Men and the Family in American History
      • History Imperialism and Decolonisation
      • Jack the Ripper
      • A World Connected: Welfare, Economy and Government Since 1945
      • Revolutionary England
      • Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States
      • Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution
      • History in the Classroom
      • Living with Dictatorship
      • Heritage Placement

      List B2: International Relations modules

      • European Union Politics
      • International Security Studies
      • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
      • Politics and Power in Africa

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year 2 (International Relations dissertation)

      Year 2 (International Relations dissertation)

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

      Core modules

      • Perceiving the Past
      • Political Analysis 1: Understanding Political Science Research
      • Political Analysis 2: Preparing for Your Dissertation

      Option modules

      You will then choose two International Relations modules and three History modules.

      You can choose:

      • One module from List A1 plus one module from List A2 plus two modules from List B1 plus one modules from List B2, or
      • Two modules from List A1 plus one module from List B1 plus two modules from List B2, or
      • Two modules from List A2 plus three modules from List B1.

      List A1: History modules

      • Race and Ethnicity
      • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
      • Global Cities
      • Radical Histories
      • Anglo-Saxon England to Alfred
      • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
      • Origins of a Global Economy
      • Modern Ireland
      • Culture and Society in Italy
      • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
      • Stormtroops, Iron Guard and Arrow Cross: Fascism and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1938-1945
      • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
      • Americas Plural: Latin America and the United States

      List A2: International Relations modules

      • International Theory
      • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
      • Foreign Policy Analysis
      • Latin American Politics
      • Gender History
      • Religious History
      • Histories of Violence
      • Histories of Medicine

      List B1: History modules

      • Classical and Post-Classical Latin
      • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
      • Domestic Revolutions: Women, Men and the Family in American History
      • History Imperialism and Decolonisation
      • Jack the Ripper
      • A World Connected: Welfare, Economy and Government Since 1945
      • Revolutionary England
      • Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States
      • Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution
      • History in the Classroom
      • Living with Dictatorship
      • Heritage Placement

      List B2: International Relations modules

      • European Union Politics
      • International Security Studies
      • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
      • Politics and Power in Africa

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      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.

      Politics and International Relations at Leicester 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:

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year 3 (History dissertation)

      Year 3 (History dissertation)

      Core module

      • History dissertation

      Option modules

      If you take the History dissertation in your Final Year, you will choose:

      • either one History module and four International Relations modules 
      • or two History modules and three International Relations modules.

      You can choose:

      • One module from List A1 plus two modules from List A2 plus two modules from List B2, or
      • Three modules from List A2 plus one module from List B1 plus one module from List B2, or
      • Two modules from List A1 plus one module from List A2 plus two modules from List B2, or
      • One module from List A1 plus two modules from List A2 plus one module from List B1 plus one module from List B2, or
      • Three modules from List A2 plus two modules from List B1.

      List A1: History modules

      • Theatres of Conflict: Ireland in the 19th Century
      • The USA and the Vietnam War
      • Political Satire
      • Fourteenth Century Crisis
      • Facing Modernity: Jews in Central Europe
      • The Transformation of Leicester, 1945-1980
      • Women in American Society from Civil War to First World War
      • Making Nazis: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Third Reich, 1933-45
      • The Medieval Natural World
      • From Empire to Nation

      List A2: International Relations modules

      • South African Politics
      • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
      • The Changing Character of War
      • The Politics of Counter-Terrorism
      • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
      • Contentious Politics in Europe
      • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation

      List B1: History modules

      • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World
      • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and The Great War, 1900-1939
      • The Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968
      • Slavery in the Americas
      • Brave New World
      • Food, Diet and Health in Early Modern Europe
      • Clothing and Fashion in Historical Perspective: Case Studies of Modern European History in Transnational Context
      • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the 20th Century
      • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, C. 1350-1650
      • Cities and the Making of Modern South Asia, C. 1750-1950

      List B2: International Relations modules

      • South African Foreign Policy
      • Global Justice and Human Rights
      • The Politics of Intelligence
      • The Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
      • Democratisation and EU Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe
      • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
      • Technology, Politics and War
      • Politics of the International Drug Trade

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year 3 (International Relations dissertation)

      Year 3 (International Relations dissertation)

      Core module

      • International Relations dissertation

      Option modules

      If you take the International Relations dissertation in your Final Year, you will choose:

      • either one International Relations module and four History modules
      • or two International Relations modules and three History modules

      The History modules in List C are ‘special subjects’ and are each equivalent to three regular modules.

      You can choose:

      • Two modules from List A1 plus one module from List A2 plus two modules from List B1, or
      • Three modules from List A1 plus one module from List B1 plus one module from List B2, or
      • One module from List A1 plus two modules from List A2 plus two modules from List B1, or
      • Two modules from List A1 plus one module from List A2 plus one module from List B1 plus one module from List B2, or
      • Three modules from List A1 plus two modules from List B2, or
      • One module from List A1 plus one module from List A2 plus one module from List C, or
      • Two modules from List A2 plus one module from List C

      List A1: History modules

      • Theatres of Conflict: Ireland in the 19th Century
      • The USA and the Vietnam War
      • Political Satire
      • Fourteenth Century Crisis
      • Facing Modernity: Jews in Central Europe
      • The Transformation of Leicester, 1945-1980
      • Women in American Society from Civil War to First World War
      • Making Nazis: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Third Reich, 1933-45
      • The Medieval Natural World
      • From Empire to Nation

      List A2: International Relations modules

      • South African Politics
      • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
      • The Changing Character of War
      • The Politics of Counter-Terrorism
      • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
      • Contentious Politics in Europe
      • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation

      List B1: History modules

      • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World
      • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and The Great War, 1900-1939
      • The Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968
      • Slavery in the Americas
      • Brave New World
      • Food, Diet and Health in Early Modern Europe
      • Clothing and Fashion in Historical Perspective: Case Studies of Modern European History in Transnational Context
      • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the 20th Century
      • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, C. 1350-1650
      • Cities and the Making of Modern South Asia, C. 1750-1950

      List B2: International Relations modules

      • South African Foreign Policy
      • Global Justice and Human Rights
      • The Politics of Intelligence
      • The Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
      • Democratisation and EU Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe
      • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
      • Technology, Politics and War
      • Politics of the International Drug Trade

      List C: History modules

      • The French Revolution, 1789-1804
      • Ideals of Womanhood in 19th 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

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      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.

      Politics Review, the leading magazine for students of Politics, has been associated with Politics at Leicester for over 25 years.

      The History Society, one of the largest societies in the University, has won an award for its support network and regular academic and social events, including the annual English and History Ball.

      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 the 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.

      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.

      You will be assessed through a variety of methods including written examination, assessed essay, reports, briefing papers and presentations. 

      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 Politics and International Relations 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.

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