Explore History and Politics at Salford

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A history and politics degree at the University of Salford isn't just a certificate and a line of accomplishment on your CV. Our history and politics degrees allow you to work with supportive, friendly and experienced professionals, who genuinely care about how well you do.

At the University of Salford you'll learn new transferable skills, use our cutting-edge facilities, and you'll have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with a thriving history and politics community in Greater Manchester. 

Got a question? We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.


Why should you study History and Politics at the University of Salford?


From advising on policy, to becoming an academic researcher or MP, our history and politics degrees prepare you for the world of work.


Our graduates and alumni have secured placements and jobs in the private, public, and charity sectors.


In the 2019 National Student Survey, overall satisfaction with our Contemporary Military and International History course was 100% (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data).


What are the politics and public sector opportunities within Greater Manchester?

Manchester and Salford have a long tradition of radical politics and political engagement – and the opportunities reflect that. We’ve always encouraged students to go get into grassroots politics or share their views, and they’ve never disappointed. Many combine study with active political lives and become councillors or go on to stand as an MP.

Do your politics and history courses have a social media account I can follow?

The Politics and History department at the University of Salford has a Twitter account you can follow.

Learn more to keep up to date with what our student and staff get up to during term time.

What's the teaching style like for history and politics courses at the University of Salford?


Teaching is often focused on small group learning, focusing on the key transferrable skills that employers are looking for. Like other universities, we use lectures but, because of Salford’s smaller class sizes, it really means we can do a lot of our teaching on workshops – sessions where teaching varies a lot from video content, to presentations by staff and students and class discussions. History students get to be ‘the historian’ and get to grips with documents and primary source material collected by expert researchers in their field. It’s not all about lectures!


It varies from course to course, lecturer to lecturer. Although you think of a university education as just sitting in lectures, it isn’t just that. Yes, lectures are still used but you’re taught by our experts in student-focused seminars where you get to test and discuss some of the issues raised in lectures, or even in workshops. We try and make things as engaging as possible as this helps develop the transferrable skills we want you to come away from university with.

Are your history courses more practical or do I need to write a lot of essays?

Again, we’re not a traditional department in some respects. Yes, essays do make up assessments, but there’s more than that. Students are asked to write policy briefs, recommending policy decisions; there are group-based presentations; writing and presenting a podcast; creating and presenting posters based on original research, and, of course, the final dissertation where you get the chance to shape your chosen subject through original research.

Is there a demand for historians in the job market?

In short, yes. Obviously, there’s the ‘traditional’ career paths – teaching, academia, museum work – that people often think of, but by studying the past you can hone important transferrable skills that mean you can often apply for a wide range of jobs. Presenting confidently, having to present your own views, understanding events or developing your own viewpoint, and assessing information and making a decision are just some of the skills employers want. And, because of that, our graduates go into a range of jobs.

How are you preparing the next generation for entering the politics sector in the UK?

It has been known for some of our alumni to go on and follow a career in Parliament. At our first awards night in May 2019 we invited back alumni such as Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP for Denton & Reddish. We’ve also had students taking their passion for politics further by studying and representing local communities as councillors in Manchester, Salford and the North West, so it’s not all about just national politics.

How often do you refresh your course content to keep what I'm learning fresh?


We’re always reflecting on events – past and present – to change course content. Although people often think history doesn’t change, it does. New interpretations, new documents, and reviewing events in light of the present, mean we have to change content. Sometimes this can be just tweaking content of weeks to changes to module content, or even new modules.


If anyone’s been watching international, national or even local politics recently, you'll know we’re in an age of change. If it’s Brexit, greater power sharing for regions or the way politics is done, we’re forced to rethink our course and programme content. We’ve had colleagues watching the Brexit result in 2016, having to rethink how they’re going to do a module on EU politics, and others having to change parts of their module because the nature of campaigning is now increasingly online. Even looking at international politics we’re having to change programme content to reflect the evolution of the international system and the rise of new powers such as China, and the return of Russia to the international agenda.

What's the professional background of your academics?

We’re a varied bunch and come from a range of backgrounds, different higher education experiences and countries. We’re mostly Manchester based, and some of us have done our undergraduate degrees, postgrad study and PhDs here at Salford before we started teaching full-time, so we’re able to engage with our students and understand their experiences inside and outside the classroom.

What type of research and essays are students expected to deliver?

It changes from module to module. Really what we want to see are students enjoying their subjects and engaged. We want to see our students using a range of material – books, articles, newspapers, documents, and other material to shape their understanding. There’s no one template for assessments. Our library has access to some of the best e-sources you can ask for – journal articles, e-books, even collections of documents and newspaper archives all online. The physical collection is very good, and, if we don’t have it, the librarians are pretty quick to get what you want. We also have ‘Library Champions’ who are able to get the things you want on the shelves.

What advice do you have if I'm more of an introvert?

We understand that students want to learn in different ways, may want to engage in study differently or may feel stressed coming into what might seem an alien environment. University is different to school or college and can be a solitary place for some. Don’t worry, we get students who may not like group presentations or see themselves as quiet, but we’re able to tailor teaching to suit individual needs. We’re not a team that tailors to one particular style of student and that’s it. We’re always here for a chat if needed and there’s plenty of support out there.


Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.


We invest heavily in our facilities to ensure you have everything you need during your studies, meaning you'll graduate with a working knowledge of the practical concepts that you'll be faced with day to day. We've got ambitious plans for the future too and our campus continues to evolve and grow. You can see the library below that all our students can access. 

Our facilities

Computer suites

Lecture halls

The Clifford Whitworth library


Whether it's about the student experience in Salford, more details around industry placements, or how big our class sizes are - you can find out more by getting in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

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Student Life, Student Support, Accommodation and Finance

Student Life

Salford is part of Greater Manchester, a creative, thriving, diverse city-region in the north-west of England and home to some of the most open and friendly people you'll meet. There's an entrepreneurial spirit with the School of Art and Media – we've got big ideas, and we make them happen.

Our main campus is just 2km from Manchester city centre, and our MediaCityUK campus shares a skyline with the BBC and ITV. Everything you need for an outstanding university experience. 

But we also know how to have fun – with some of the greatest sports, culture, and music scenes in the world. Salford and Manchester are home to anyone who works hard and plays hard.

Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life, meet new people and immerse yourself in the student experience.

No matter whether you’re an undergraduate student coming to university for the first time, an international student, or a postgraduate student looking to live in halls, we’ve got some great accommodation options to choose from, including Peel Park Quarter - which was recently voted the second-best halls of residence in the UK by Student Hut.

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We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. Whether you need advice about accommodation, settling into student life, or want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing team, we are here to help.

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We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.