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History and Politics (Full-Time)

Why study History and Politics at Warwick?

  • You will be taught by academics from the Department of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), both of which are highly regarded for their teaching, learning and research
  • The disciplinary range and geographical scope of our teaching in the Department of History is extensive. Our expertise covers Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America, Britain, continental Europe, and Asia.
  • We are consistently ranked by national league tables as one of the best History departments in the UK. We have a strong international reputation and were ranked 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.
  • Our Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is one of the largest and most highly regarded departments of its kind in the UK, with a global reputation for excellence. PAIS was ranked 3rd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, 5th in the The Guardian 2016 league table, 6th in The Complete University Guide 2016, and 46th globally by the QS World University Rankings 2015. We were rated 4th for ‘research intensity’ and ‘research power’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and came 1st in the UK among politics departments for research environment. The department also received an overall student satisfaction rating of 92% in the NSS for 2015.
  • Our core modules provide you with a comprehensive disciplinary grounding, while the broad range of options allows you to tailor your programme, perhaps developing an area of specialism in political theory, international security, international political economy or comparative politics.

Dr Sarah Hodges

Department of History

Augusta Grey

History Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

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.

Your first year focuses on core modules, providing 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 learn?

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?

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.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access to HE Diploma QAA recognised diploma including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Essential Subjects

All candidates (including those taking vocational qualifications) are generally required to achieve A in A level History (or equivalent). Applicants must have three A levels; the Department cannot accept two AS levels in place of a third A level.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

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 non-standard qualifications.

Open Days All offers are accompanied by an invitation 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 can I study?

First year modules may include Making of the Modern World; Making History; Introduction to Politics and World Politics.

Second year modules may include Political Theory from Hobbes; a History option module (early modern); a second History option module and a Politics option module.

Third Year students can spend most of their time on either History or Politics; alternatively they can continue to divide their study equally between the two disciplines. Students must choose one of three schemes:

Scheme A/Path 1: A History Advanced Option or History Special Subject; Issues in Political Theory; Two Politics option modules (one of which may be a dissertation).

Scheme B/Path 2: A History Special Subject; A History Advanced Option; Either Dissertation (which can be based on the Special Subject or the Advanced Option) or Historiography; A Politics option module (which may be a dissertation provided a History dissertation is not also being taken).

Scheme C/Path 3: A History Special Subject and either Dissertation (based on the Special Subject), Advanced Option or Historiography; Two Politics option modules (one of which may be a dissertation provided a History dissertation is not also being taken).

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information. 

What careers can a degree in History and Politics at Warwick lead to?

The range of transferable skills gained studying History make graduates very competitive in the job market, particularly in areas such as law, finance, journalism/media, marketing, public relations, government, teaching, and the heritage industry. Many graduates choose to continue their academic studies at MA and PhD level.

Career destinations of our most recent graduates include: Researcher (politics), Aequitas; Risk Consultant, KPMG; Global Investment Banking Analyst, UBS; Broadcast Assistant, BBC; Communications Intern, Teach Africa.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: AAA
IB: 38 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Department of History

Department of Politics and International Studies

Student blogs

Joely Axelrod - History

Shanita Jetha - Politics and International Studies

Karan Kaur - 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 you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.