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
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.
|VCE A Level||96 - 112 points|
|European Baccalaureate||Pass in Diploma of at least 60%|
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||96 - 112 points|
|GCE A level||96 - 112 points. General studies accepted, history or politics desirable. Key skills accepted|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Scottish Highers||96 - 112 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96 - 112 points|
|International Baccalaureate||25 points|
|Access to HE||QAA Approved – Pass|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
We are looking for students with a real enthusiasm for the study of history and politics. You must be willing to contribute to class discussions and debate, to engage in independent research, and to take pride and care in the quality of your written assignments. The Contemporary History and Politics course itself will play a role in helping you to develop the necessary personal and intellectual skills required to gain success.
You will benefit from a diverse range of teaching methods:
Personal tutoring system: you will be assigned a personal tutor who helps you with all aspects of your studies and can offer advice with other issues.
You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, presentations and portfolios. Most modules incorporate some form of assessment as they progress in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam or essay.
A typical selection of modules will result in assessment by:
Exact proportions will vary according to your option module choices: some modules are assessed entirely by coursework, others are a combination of coursework and exam. You may also choose to do a dissertation.
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. In any well-paid job or career, you will need presentation skills and an ability to communicate your ideas clearly. Good writing and research skills as well are essential. Our graduates have found employment in business organisations, heritage, local government and the civil service, consultancy, international organisations (such as the EU), media, and multinational organisations and companies.
Graduates from this course may progress on a number of career paths, and thanks to the transferable skills you will develop, you have many options. Popular career destinations include: business management, heritage, political analysis and research, local government, civil service, international organisations, consultancy, publishing and media, teaching, and further academic work and research.
This course is designed to support your personal development and skills to enhance your employability. You will learn to work to deadlines, write clearly and effectively, present your ideas in a professional style, develop vital research skills and methods of communication. These are all desirable and essential skills necessary for well-paid jobs.
Past students now work for international governments and institutions such as the EU, multinational companies, international charities and local government and political parties.
Laura Johnson, currently a third year student on the Politics and Contemporary History course:
“I will graduate in August, but I've already got jobs lined up. I've always known I want to be a journalist so over the course of my degree I've been doing various bits of work experience, and over Easter I worked at the Big Issue North which was really good, I got some work published. In January I interviewed for and got a holiday repping job at Thomson Al Fresco, which I'll be doing from June until August. That involves flying out to Europe for a few months. I've just got a job as the editor of the student newspaper, Salford Student Direct, so when I come back I'll be doing that. So that's pretty good, it'll get my foot on the ladder for my journalism career. I've absolutely loved my degree, the combination of the course and the extra-curricular activities I've done, in addition to juggling part-time jobs, has really made me grow up a bit and think properly about my future, and it's also been a lot of fun. The intellectual side of the degree really challenged me and it's really taught me how to think logically. My favourite modules were the political theory ones; I loved learning about Marx and Plato. But I think my favourite part of the degree was my dissertation, the support I received was unparalleled and I loved the self-motivated study.”
You may be able to take part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme, spending six months in the Westminster office of an MP. You are also encouraged to attend seminars throughout the year, which give you the chance to meet with people from the industry.
The placements, guest speakers and seminars help you to understand how the industry works and informs your career path after leaving university.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time