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School of Arts and Media

Politics and Contemporary History


Our politics and contemporary history course offerings are regarded as some of the best in the UK and we enjoy international recognition for teaching and research excellence.

We offer a range of study options in the subject areas of contemporary military and international history, intelligence, security and terrorism studies, international relations, European politics and critical political thought, among others.

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 and North America and, in many cases, benefit from a tuition fee waiver for their time abroad.

We also offer a Military History placement scheme, giving you 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).

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, while International Politics and Security students have the option of applying to take industry-based study in the security sector.

The career progression of our graduates reflects the diverse nature of our teaching. In recent years, our alumni have gone on to work as political advisors and parliamentary staff. Other career pathways open to our graduates include journalism, the armed forces, the police, teaching, the civil service, think-tanks and non-governmental organisations and, of course, the potential to develop a career in academia through further study. .The transferable skills developed over the course of these programmes offer the flexibility graduating students need for the ‘real world’ of work.

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.

You can find out more about our Politics and Contemporary History courses, including details of modules and entry requirements, by selecting an option below: