History, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations

Engage with history, politics and international relations in creative, inventive and exciting ways. With a focus on critical thinking, our courses could be right for you.

  • We don't just teach you about history and politics - we teach you how to be the future historians of tomorrow, with practical learning of how to do the job, not just the theory.
  • You will be taught by a current team of respected authors and researchers who are experts on the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
  • You will have the chance to develop advanced professional skills, such as the ability to think independently, to advance sophisticated arguments, and to communicate ideas confidently.
  • There will be opportunities to go on exciting field trips* – past students have visited Berlin to explore post-war Germany and memorialisation, and Sicily to examine anti-Mafia organisations.
  • You could set yourself up for a wide range of careers. Past graduates are now employed in the private and public sectors, in industries ranging from banking and media, to the civil service and charities.

Our History, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations facilities

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The library offers a team of dedicated academic liaison librarians who provide specialist help and support. You’ll also have access to subject specific databases of journal articles related to criminology and forensics.

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Academic support

No matter which degree you’re studying, you’ll find a lot of support on campus, including the Centre of Academic Writing and sigma, which offers mathematics and statistics support.

More than a course

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