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History and Politics (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

This course examines the political and social dimensions of history, and how historical events have influenced the world we live in today. You will explore the theory and the reality of why people and states interact in the ways that they do. The two subjects complement each other – one aiming to
understand how the world works and the other to understand why it works that way.

The two Departments in which you will learn approach shared research areas such as globalisation, democracy and human rights from different perspectives. In addition to core modules, you can choose from a variety of optional modules in both Departments. You will learn to assess and analyse large quantities of information taken from historical sources including texts, images and film, and to present well-structured conclusions. You will also develop the abilities to gather and analyse quantitative material (e.g. from opinion surveys and questionnaires), and to structure and communicate complex
information and analyses.

First-year core modules Making of the Modern World, Making History, Introduction to Politics, and World Politics provide a thorough grounding in the methods and approaches of the two disciplines. In your second and third years you can choose from optional modules covering areas such as British imperialism, slavery, the significance of gender, crime, religious conflict or health in history, political theory, philosophy and individual states. In your final year you can either maintain a balance between the two subjects or specialise in either History or Politics. You can also complete an optional
dissertation on a topic of your choice related to either subject.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, web forums, podcasts, workshops, presentations, film analysis, group work and field trips. For core modules there are usually two lectures and one hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars. Seminar groups are small, providing a valuable opportunity for you to work closely with your lecturers. Many modules focus on well-established themes in political, religious, cultural or social history while others explore topics far removed from the usual A level syllabus. Third-year study is heavily weighted towards seminar teaching and includes an individually supervised 9,000-word dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive regular feedback throughout your course on developmental assignments and assessed essays, and will sit end-of-year exams.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

History students choosing the Renaissance and Early Modern stream on arrival at Warwick spend the autumn term of their final year studying with Warwick tutors in Venice. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

    Entry Requirements

    A level AAA, to include History.

    International Baccalaureate 38 points, with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria outlined at Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and
    conditions visit

    We welcome applicants with nonstandard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications.

    Further Information

    Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be
    interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with nonstandard qualifications.

    Open Days: If you are given an offer you will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day in February, March or April. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

    What modules could I study?

    Visit the department website to find out more about the course structure and module options.

    * The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

    Where can my degree take me?

    Our graduates work for organisations including; Aequitas, KPMG, UBS, BBC, Teach Africa.

    Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Alumni Relations Officer, Business Development Analyst, Events Manager, Civil Servant, Currency Broker.

    Essential information

    Entry Requirements
    A level: AAA, to include History.

    IB: 38 points, with at least a 6 in Higher Level History.

    UCAS code

    3 years full time

    Department website
    Department of History

    Department of Politics and International Studies

    Student blogs

    Bronwyn Edmonds - History

    Jamie Jenkins - History

    Phoebe Singer - History

    Matt Woodrow - History

    Shanita Jetha - Politics and International Studies

    Simran Thakral - Politics and International Studies

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding.

    Other course costs
    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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    This information is applicable for 2018 entry.