International Relations and History BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

How did the Cold War divide the world? What is the current state of Britain’s political system? In this degree, you’ll explore the link between history and international relations, and learn how to tackle the most important issues facing world politics.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
LV21
Department
Politics and International Relations, History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
cssadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2702
poladmiss@le.ac.uk

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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. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. 
  • 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, including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
  • 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.

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

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 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

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

List A2: International Relations modules

List B1: History modules

List B2: International Relations 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 (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

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

List A2: International Relations modules

List B1: History modules

List B2: International Relations 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 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:

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 3 (History dissertation)

Year 3 (History dissertation)

Core module

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

List A2: International Relations modules

List B1: History modules

List B2: International Relations 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 3 (International Relations dissertation)

Year 3 (International Relations dissertation)

Core module

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

List A2: International Relations modules

List B1: History modules

List B2: International Relations modules

List C: History 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.

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.

Politics and International Relations at Leicester

A diverse university in an international city, Marija found Leicester the ideal place to study.

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.

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.

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