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History & Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS code: VL12

Place the study of politics in its historical context as you combine the analysis of political systems, institutions and policies with an exploration of modern history from across the globe.

Closed to international applications for September 2023.


Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): HistoryPolitics and International Relations
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: History, Geography and Social Sciences
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For September 2024 entry, this course is BA (Hons) History and Politics.

We are living in extraordinary political times, but can the lessons of history help us plot a path to calmer waters? If you are curious about how decisions are made and communicated, why we have certain structures and organisations and how they came to be formed, then this BA (Hons) History & Politics degree is for you. It enables you to approach key themes from both political and historical perspectives. You will gain a real-life understanding of the world of politics, looking at current practice in the UK, while also focusing on developments around the world. Historical context is provided by exploring key themes and events in modern history relevant to political and social development, from African-American civil rights to the origins of the Israel/Palestine conflict. You will graduate with key transferable skills, including the ability to conduct research, craft a message to communicate a point of view, and analyse complex information.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

Lewis Melville holding BA (Hons) History & Politics graduation certificate.

Edge Hill has provided me with lots of real world experiences such as submitting Select Committee Reports that are now published in the House of Commons, and the interviews and conferences that I am able to be a part of.

Lewis Melville

BA (Hons) History & Politics

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What you'll study

History modules focus on the history of Britain, Europe, the USA and Asia from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. A broad span of political systems, cultures and geographical locations will be covered.

This period of history provides us with a profound understanding of the world that we live in today and the challenges that we face. You will learn about the broad spread of modern history and gain specialist insights into different areas of the discipline. You might wish to study, for example, the history of communism in Eastern Europe, contemporary European politics, US foreign policy or conflict in Palestine.

Politics modules in Year 1 explore the foundations of political analysis and immerse you in political systems and institutions, while also providing an overview of international relations. You will critically examine the core ideas central to the study of politics and develop an understanding of how politics works in practice.

Year 2 focuses on European politics and compares the governments and politics of France, Germany, Poland, Greece and Italy. You will also conduct an in-depth exploration of the policy making process and study topics such as voting and election systems, US politics, or the politics of migration.

In Year 3 you will study political communication, have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a political or politically related field, and focus on topics such as the politics of Northern Ireland, political activism, and the role of think tanks.

Compulsory modules:

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Europe Re-made
History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact
Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory
Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions

You have the option to learn a language as an integral part of this degree in Years 2 and 3. If you wish to select Language modules in Years 2 and 3, you can study a language outside the timetabled modules in Year 1 in order to reach the required standard.

Compulsory modules:

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Comparative European Politics
Policy Making and Researching Politics

Two of:

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Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945
Digital Detectives
Global Revolution: The Postcolonial World Order, 1896-1957
Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present
Islamisms: Religion, Politics and Colonialism from World War I to ISIS
Making History
Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939
Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939
The World of the Crusades
Language 2

One of:

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Contemporary US Politics
Elections and Voting Systems
Political Ideologies
Preparing for Work in Politics
The Politics of Migration
Language 2

Please note, if you wish to learn a language as integrated study in Year 2 of this degree, you can choose the Language 2 module instead of either a History or Politics optional module.

Compulsory modules:

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Independent Research Project
Strategic Political Communications

One of:

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Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945
British Rule in Palestine
History: Interpretations and Context
Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923
The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA
Language 3

Two of:

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A Is For Activism
Advanced Parliamentary Studies
Guns and Government: The Politics of Northern Ireland
Politics Work Placement
The Think Tank
Language 3

Please note, if you wish to learn a language as integrated study in Year 3 of this degree, you can choose the Language 3 module instead of either a History or Politics optional module.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The BA (Hons) History & Politics degree includes a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical workshops. There will also be opportunities to participate in field trips, for example to the Scottish Parliament.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Politics modules will be assessed through a combination of essays, reports, debates, presentations and practical work.

The focus in all history assignments is on analysis and argumentation. These skills will be assessed using a variety of different exercises including essays, examinations, book reviews, primary source analysis, presentations and contributions to online discussions.

Who will be teaching you

On our BA (Hons) History & Politics degree, you will be taught by academic experts and active practitioners in politics and history. The current research interests and specialisms of the programme team include Northern Irish politics, political communication, the politics of migration, voting and electoral systems, US history and politics, French politics and Eastern Europe.

Tutors actively participate in debates and interviews in the media, as well as acting as consultants in a wide range of areas, including contributing to the development of online archives at the British Library. The course also makes use of visiting speakers such as politicians and those working in politics.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

Discover our accommodation


Geosciences buildingThe Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences is based in the Geosciences building. The contemporary facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There is also a large social area which encourages a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Where you'll study



Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits



a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Career paths for BA (Hons) History & Politics degree graduates include working as a parliamentary researcher or caseworker, local government officer or think tank researcher.

You will also be well placed to secure employment working in journalism, public relations, law, information management or teaching (further training required).

Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto postgraduate study.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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