Contemporary History and Politics
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Politics and History
UCAS Code: LV21
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £12,300 per year
- Highly rated for research and teaching with smaller classes and more support
- Study abroad; choose from Europe, USA, Australia, and Canada
- Westminster Parliamentary Placement and television work placement opportunities
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This exciting degree course offers a thorough grounding in 20th century history and politics as well as a range of module options such as international relations, international history, intelligence and security and theories of power and domination. This wide variety of modules enables you to direct your studies in line with your own specific interests. Our staff are acknowledged experts in their subject areas and will be joined by a programme of guest speakers from around the world to enhance your learning.
There is also the opportunity to spend some or all of your second year studying abroad and a choice of two excellent placement opportunities to boost your CV, including our Westminster Parliamentary Placement scheme. Students who are in the second year of their studies and spend the full year studying at an Erasmus (European) university may also qualify for a tuition fee waiver.
This course develops not only your knowledge of contemporary history and politics, but key transferable skills which are vital to a vast range of career prospects. Graduates from this course may progress on a number of career paths, with past students working for international governments and institutions such as the EU, multinational companies, international charities and local government and political parties.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge of contemporary history and politics in a structured manner by first providing a foundational background in history, and in key concepts and theories of politics. Your first year modules are designed to cover these areas.
In your second year, you take two core modules and then develop your interests with four optional modules of your choice. You can also study abroad for a semester or two, or take a language module.
Your third year dissertation gives you the chance to explore a topic you are passionate about under the close supervision of a dedicated supervisor. You also get to choose from a wide variety of module option choices, or take up one of our placement opportunities.
Your first year is designed to introduce you to major developments and concepts in recent history and in politics. You will also develop a range of crucial skills (research, writing, and organisation) necessary to complete your studies to the highest possible standard.
In your second year, you take one core module and choose from a range of others so you can develop your interests and explore new topics. Importantly, dissertation preparation is built into your second year so you are prepared well as this is your most important piece of assessment.
You also study four from a range of module options. Typically, they include:
There is also the opportunity to take advantage of our Westminster Parliamentary Placement for one semester:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.