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History and 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.


Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
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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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, or why we have certain structures and organisations and how they came to be formed, then this BA (Hons) History and Politics degree is for you.

You will approach key themes from political and historical perspectives. Gaining a real-life understanding of the world of politics, you’ll explore current practice in the UK, as well as developments around the world.

History content examines 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

What you'll study

In Year 1, you can study the major changes that reshaped Europe during the 19th Century, key issues in global politics during the 20th Century, and also explore the nature of public history in Britain and how working with history-related organisations can help you build your career. You will also be introduced to key modern political concepts and theories as well as major themes in recent UK politics. You’ll begin to explore the complexities of international relations, or take a language.

Compulsory modules:

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Becoming a Historian
Re-shaping the Continent: Europe in the 19th Century
Global Politics: 1918 to the Present Day
Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory
UK Politics - Issues and Challenges Since 1979

One of:

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Introduction to International Relations
Language 1

Year 2 requires you to choose between a placement based history module which gives you the opportunity to enhance the skills, methods and knowledge you have developed from your first year but also to apply them to the world of history-related work, or a research focused politics module to develop your skills. You’ll then choose five additional optional modules from a choice of twelve. This year is all about providing you with the opportunity to tailor your degree to your interests. Potential areas you may wish to study are the analysis of digital archives, the relationship between capital and labour or US Foreign Policy.

Please note you must choose one of either HIS2040 or POL2010. If you choose HIS2040, your remaining 5 optional module choices must be made up of 40 credits worth of history modules and 60 credits of politics modules. Similarly, if you choose POL2010, your remaining optional module choices must be made up of 40 credits of politics modules and 60 credits of history modules. If you choose to study the language module (TLC2000) as one of your 5 optional module choices, you will then need to study 40 credits of history modules and 40 credits of politics modules. Module credits must total 120.


Compulsory modules (one of):

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History in the Making
Research Methods for Politics

Five of:

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1968 And All That: Protest in Western Europe
Comparative European Politics
Contemporary US Politics
Digital Detectives
Capital and National Capital and Labour in the 20th Century
Global Revolution: The Postcolonial World Order, 1896-1957
Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present
Language 2
Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939
Political Ideologies
Preparing for Work in Politics
Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939
Writing History

In Year 3 you will complete a politics dissertation or a history independent research project, enabling you to develop your own specialist knowledge, skills and understanding to a high level. You will have the opportunity to study more specialised modules covering areas such as international relations, the history of conflict in Israel and Palestine, political communications and the post-war US civil rights movement, as well as further opportunity to undertake an optional work placement.

Please note, that you must choose one of either POL3012 or HIS3041. Your remaining 4 optional module choices must be made up of 40 credits worth of history modules and 40 credits of politics modules. However, you may wish to replace one of these optional modules in order to study the language module (TLC3000). Module credits must total 120.

One of:

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Dissertation - Politics and International Relations
Independent Study Project

Four of:

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A Century of Crime and Its Contexts: Circa 1840-1940
Advanced International Relations - Focus on Asia
Advanced Parliamentary Studies
Advanced Political and Ethical Theory
Britain and the European Union
British Rule in Palestine
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945
Language 3
Migration in Europe
Politics Work Placement
Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land, 1840-1923
Strategic Political Communications
The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to 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

Our BA (Hons) History and Politics degree includes a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical workshops.

The work placement involves a period working in an external setting which allows you to put your learning into practice. As well as developing your skills and future learning processes, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with potential employers and gain vital experience for your CV.

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, videos and blogs.

Who will be teaching you

On our BA (Hons) History and Politics degree, you will be taught by academic experts and active practitioners in politics and history. Research interests and specialisms of the programme team include comparative European 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.

We recognise prior learning with students being considered for entry to the course at a higher level depending on learning already undertaken.

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 as an international student

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

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2024 part-time.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

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.

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Wide angle image of students walking away from the Geosciences building / GeosciencesThe 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 the course



a year

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, marketing, logistics, 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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