History and Politics

History and Politics BA (Hons)

Studying a history and politics degree will introduce you to two distinctive and yet related and mutually supportive academic disciplines. If you are interested in the connections between today's politics and their wider historical contexts, then this is the course for you. You’ll understand, evaluate and critically respond to external developments, processes and questions in historical and contemporary form that affect so many aspects of our daily lives.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Usually five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • According to the National Student Survey 2020, over 90% of History students were satisfied overall with their course. Plus, History was rated in the top 20 in the UK for Academic Support. 
  • You can undertake a work placement with host organisations, such as the Lancashire Archives, the People’s History Museum and the Lancashire Museum Service.
  • The politics element provides you with training in political analysis and research methods and skills.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Understanding History
  • Power, Politics and the State
  • British Politics

Optional Modules:

  • The Making of Britain, 1688-1815
  • State and Society: Europe 1815-1914
  • Nations and Empires in Asia: China, India, Japan and Thailand 1857-1949
  • Colony to Nation: America 1750-1970
  • Public History, Heritage and Society
  • Alliances, Coalitions and Organisations in International Relations since 1945

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

  • Sources and Methods in History
  • Globalisation: History, Theories and Approaches
  • Research Methods in International Relations and Politics

Optional Modules

  • Europe in an Age of Atrocity, 1914-2000
  • Twentieth Century Britain
  • Rebellion to Partition: Ireland, c.1795-1921
  • Cold War in Asia: History, Conflict and Society 1949-89
  • Colonial Impacts: Africa 1652 - 1910
  • Good, Bad & Downright Evil: Perceptions of Crime and Punishment in England 1700-1900
  • America and the World 1898-2001
  • Community History Project
  • State and Society in Britain, c.1700-1918
  • Public History in Practice
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Radical Politics and Political Ideas from Lloyd George to Tony Blair

Year 3

Core Modules:

  • History Dissertation


  • Politics Dissertation

Optional Modules:

  • Germany under the Nazis, c.1933-45
  • Public Space in the English City: A Social and Cultural History, c.1850-1910
  • Education, Society and Culture in England, c. 1790-1914
  • India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947: International Conflict, Religion and Democracy
  • African Nationalism and Independence 1921-1982
  • Riots and Revolution: Popular Politics and the English Working Class, c.1770-1848
  • A Place Apart? The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • Kennedy, Johnson and the World, 1961-1969
  • Thatcher’s Britain 1979-1990
  • Work Placement in History
  • Museum Exhibition Design
  • Terrorism and Security
  • Ethics, War and Society
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
  • Continuity and Change in British Politics
  • Terrorism and Security
  • Political Islam and Islamic Movements

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

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Further Information

Studying a History and Politics degree will introduce you to two distinctive and yet related and mutually supportive academic disciplines. Politics is commonly understood as the study of power, authority, competition and conflict resolution in its national, international, regional and local dimensions.

The course addresses the core areas of the discipline that provide the overarching academic framework for understanding and critically evaluating contemporary political themes, issues and developments that affect us all in our daily life: government and political institutions and processes nationally and internationally; political theory, ideas and ideologies and the increasingly important sphere of international and global politics.

"I found the degree at UCLan extremely stimulating, the resources that were offered by the lecturers were always relevant to the topic/module and there was always the opportunity for further study which was supported and encouraged by the teaching staff. They are all well versed in their chosen subject and I have always found them to be accessible. Enquiries are always answered quickly, with further one-to-one feedback offered if required."

History offers something of the essential background and context of developments, trends and processes that have shaped and determined contemporary political forms, issues and debates, and offers an additional methodological lens through which to analyse and assess their likely trajectory and outcome. 

Both subjects provide training in the core skills of their academic discipline and offer a wide range of themes, regions, historical periods and contemporary issues and debates. You will undertake the core skills and survey modules in the subjects and then are able to build your programme of study from a suite of attractive, relevant and attendant modules.

Transferable skills of political analysis are also embedded in the course that allow you to adopt an analytical, critical and evaluative approach to your academic study and to reflect on your relevance and utility to their broader personal development and future professional career.

You will take a total of 18 modules, six per year. Optional modules may be taken alongside an 'elective' module. You can choose an 'elective' from a wide range of modules offered across the university, and may for example include a language, a work placement, or an employability module. The range of modules on offer will vary slightly from year to year. The selection above is correct for the upcoming academic year, but should be regarded as indicative only for future years.

"Discussion and debate is a distinctive feature of both history and politics teaching – you’ll be encouraged and supported to discuss and develop your own ideas both inside and outside of formal teaching sessions."

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Gain international work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with second and third year modules which are accredited by the ILM.

Teaching methods range from lectures and seminars, to group debates, and simulation of political scenarios. Discussion and debate is a distinctive feature of both History and Politics teaching, and students are encouraged to  develop their own ideas inside and outside of teaching sessions.

Assessment methods include coursework essays, written exams, seminar presentations, case work and reviews.

Staff are all experts in their particular areas of academic study, active researchers and writers and contributors to national evaluations of research and to discussion and debates in the policy and public sphere and in the media.

Industry Links to History and Politics

The History and Politics team have important links and partnerships with a range of important local, regional and national historical and heritage organisations, which inform teaching and research collaborations and provide opportunities for educational placements and work experience. These include:

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Exciting Opportunities

You’ll have opportunities to gain relevant work experience through specific work placement modules with public sector heritage and museum organisations and through our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

You can choose to learn about cultures or languages through our Worldwise Learning Centre or study abroad, with awards and bursaries available through Worldwise, in Europe or North America.

Popular career routes include in education such as research or teaching, politics, law, business, social care, arts and museum curatorship. Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching and research, the museum and heritage sectors, journalism, public relations, central and local government, the European Union, charities and NGOs.

Some recent History and Politics graduates have also gone on to study an MA by Research or further research degrees (MPhil/PhD).

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.