Politics and Contemporary History

Our politics and contemporary history course offering is regarded as one of the best in the UK and the School enjoys international recognition for teaching and research excellence.

We take an interdisciplinary approach in the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and offer a range of study options in the subject areas of contemporary military and international history, security studies, international relations, European politics and critical political thought.

Beyond our taught courses, the School has also been recognised for the quality of its research and in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 75% of our work was rated as internationally significant.

World-class teaching, worldwide partnerships

All of our students are encouraged to take advantage of our extensive international connections that provide the opportunity to work and study at prestigious institutions around the world.

The Erasmus exchange programme, together with our partnerships with universities mean that students can study across Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia, and in many cases also benefit from a tuition fee waiver for their time abroad.


The best part of the course is that it enables you to study current world affairs, as they happen, from a variety of perspectives - Andrew Rawling, BA (Hons) Politics

The School also has strong partnerships with industry and students can take advantage of numerous opportunities to work with leading organisations connected to their field of study.

Our politics students can apply to undertake a professional placement in the Houses of Parliament, where they can work alongside some of the most influential policymakers in the country.

We also offer a Military History placement scheme giving the opportunity to work at the Imperial War Museum (London), Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (King's College London) and Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum (Preston).

Career opportunities with a difference

The career progression of our graduates reflects the diverse nature of our teaching. In recent years, alumni of the School have gone on to work as political advisors and parliamentary staff. Two of our graduates are serving MPs. Other career pathways open to our graduates include journalism, the armed forces, the police and teaching.

Graduates interested in further study have gone on to postgraduate courses at institutions including London School of Economics, Edinburgh University and the University of Manchester.