Studying history and politics together provides you with a more robust understanding of each area, deepening your understanding of past events, political actions and the lessons learned through history.
Our highly-accomplished and multidisciplinary teaching team includes respected authors and experts in the politics and history of France, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Africa and North America. They will share knowledge of security studies, social theory, development, peace studies, foreign policy analysis, national and international politics and the history of international political thought.
We will explore some of the 20th century’s most defining historical events – from women’s suffrage in Britain to the American civil rights movement. We’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of different political systems, use and abuse of power, democracy, human rights and more.
We maintain a strong relationship with the local city councils and the Houses of Parliament, organising a range of guest talks from the people involved in contemporary politics and international relations. This has previously included British MPs, high commissioners from African states and speakers from major global corporations. Recent topics have included ‘Britain and the EU’, ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘Ethnic Diversity in Politics’.
You'll also have the option to spend a year on professional placement, applying your academic skills within the workplace and gaining valuable work experience. Past students have spent time with an MP’s office, working for local government, for historical societies like The Herbert Art Gallery and organisations such as The British Council.
The course provides an excellent foundation to pursue a range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors within areas like local administration, communications, diplomacy, intelligence, development or international organisations.