Transatlantic Studies

Transatlantic Studies BA (Hons)

The BA Transatlantic Studies is a broad degree, with a wide variety of subjects, from international politics to the social and cultural structures of our world. Based in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the course will draw on a range of perspectives and disciplines, allowing you to choose from a variety of modules, making a flexible programme that can be designed to suit your interests. You can choose to study modules from politics – national and international – literature, history, philosophy, film and media, as well as religious studies. You will also be able to immerse yourself in the specific languages associated with the Transatlantic corridor, particularly Spanish and French, and investigating the unique cultures of these regions, for example Hispanic or Caribbean studies. And you can a take abroad, and either study or work at a location suitable for your language learning and your career aspirations.

Therefore, degree is available either as a three year or four-year programme. If studied over four years, your third year is normally spent abroad in one of the countries of the Transatlantic corridor. You could take a work placement, a study placement, or spend a year learning a language in the region. This will enhance your cultural and regional knowledge and where appropriate your language skills, allowing you to improve your confidence and engage critically with debates about Transatlantic issues.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares you for the world of work by ensuring all student have an opportunity to take a work placement during their studies.


Members of the course team have links with a variety of relevant research-related bodies and institutions, including:


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



The course includes field trips both nationally and internationally, and you have the opportunity to study or work abroad in your studies.

On completion of this degree there will be opportunities to work nationally in government, councils, at various embassies, Chambers of Commerce, security services, tourism, teaching and academia, finance, PR and international relations. At international level, graduates could work in finance, tourism, media and journalism, fashion, translation and interpreting, teaching and many other avenues.

Our recent graduates have worked as teachers (UK and abroad), in the media, security services and business. Some have also continued to pursue further studies at postgraduate level.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: 5-6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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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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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 subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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Course Overview

Year 1

All students take:

  • EC1010  Introduction to Economics
  • PO1112 British Politics
  • TA1000 American Politics
  • Then choose from options in:
  • EN1219 American Literature
  • EN1220 American Culture
  • HY1111 Colony to Nation America 1700-1970     
  • PO1001 Power, Politics, and the State   
  • PO1109 Global Politics  
  • SO1004 Media & Culture
  • SW1804 Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of UK Social Policy              

If taking a language you will also need:


  • Ab Initio (Beginners) French/Spanish or Introduction to French/Spanish Studies


  • Background to French/Spanish Studies

Year 2

All students take

  • HY2103 The 'Special Relationship'
  • IR 2102  Research Methods in International Relations and Politics
  • TA2000 Public Policy Analysis
  • Then choose from options in
  • FI2008   British Cinema
  • HY2007 Twentieth Century Britain
  • HY2101 State & Society in Britain
  • IR 2101  Globalisation: History, Theories and Approaches
  • SW2018 Race, Racism, and Ethnicity
  • TA2001 Study Trip
  • TA2002 Work Placement

If taking a language you will also need modules in French Language and Society or Spanish Language and Society.

If you take a year abroad, you will be expected to complete a project module, TA2999 Assessed Year Abroad.

Year 3

All students take

  • PO3134 Continuity and Change in British Politics
  • TA3999 Dissertation
  • TA3000 Topics in Transatlantic Studies
  • Then choose from options in
  • EN3007 American Texts
  • EN3008 Black Atlantic Writing
  • FI3020   British Pop Music & Culture
  • HY3063 The Presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1961-63
  • HY3064 Thatcher’s Britain 1979-1990
  • PL3001  Policy Interpretations in the UK: Dilemmas and Controversies – Putting Policy into Practice Within Multidisciplinary Environments
  • PO3004 Terrorism and Security
  • PO3112 Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
  • SO3003 Understanding Security and Policing in the Twenty-First Century

If taking a language you will also continue with modules in French Language and Society or Spanish Language and Society.

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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.

All students have access to the Livesey library, a student centred space on the ground floor of the Livesey building, home to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The area also include an exhibition and event space, where we regularly features talks from industry professionals relevant to your studies and career aspirations.

Students in the School also have access to the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, based on the second floor of Livesey House, co-directed by Alan Rice, Professor in American Culture, and Lubaina Himid, Professor in Fine Arts, and Turner Art Prize Winner. IBAR is a research institute utilising UCLan’s interdisciplinary and internationally renowned research pedigree in African Atlantic studies.

Institute for Black Atlantic Research

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences emphasises the important link between research excellence and learning, so our students will be taught by our professors and readers and our team of highly qualified academics, which includes two National Teaching Fellows (awarded by the Higher Education Academy).

Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 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 2018/19 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.