Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

History and Politics

Politics, History and International Relations

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich VL1H ABB 1 October 2018
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time VL1F ABB 1 October 2018

96%

overall satisfaction in History

NSS 2016

97%

of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Top 10

in the UK for overall student satisfaction for politics

History and Politics course overview

The joint honours degree courses allow you to gain a first-class exposure to two subjects and to acquire a broader range of skills than a normal single honours degree, whilst at the same time enjoying the benefits of specialisation.

The history part of the course spans the period from 1600 to the present, focusing mostly on the modern era. Its subject matter includes Britain and Continental Europe, but extends further afield to North America, the British Empire and China.

The politics element equips you to think critically and analytically about contemporary political issues and institutions. It allows you to understand the mechanics of a variety of political institutions, as well as topical issues, ideas and controversies.

International semester or year abroad

Students are given the opportunity to begin new languages or continue your studies in languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In the second semester of the second year, students who do not read a foreign language have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English.

Students who study a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of their course can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

Students whose native tongue is English and who have received their education in the UK can apply for assistantships, securing paid work teaching English to school children. Other students study at a European University.

Modules


The Joint Honours courses are organised on the basis of core and optional modules for each subject of the degree and these are drawn from those listed under the respective Single Honours course.

There is a progression from broad survey and skills courses in Year 1 to increasing specialisation and sophistication in Years 2 and 3.


Year 1

Areas studied include history of modern Europe and modern world history, the nature of history, European politics and democratic government.


Year 2

Areas studied include Cold War Europe, Twentieth-Century Britain, the United States, China, slavery, the European Union, foreign policy and political analysis.


Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.

You will have the opportunity to spend a third year in a French, German or Spanish speaking country, Japan or Taiwan, and to have your degree accredited with a Diploma in International Studies.


Final year

Areas studied include in-depth research options and dissertation in either history or politics.


Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

VL1H History and Politics - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

VL1F History and Politics - BA (Hons)

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

The many skills you will learn in History are attractive to employers in virtually any field. These skills include the ability to think and work independently, the acquisition of critical and interpretive skills, skills in ICT and group work, the ability to communicate effectively and to develop and sustain an argument.

Recent employment examples include: Jaguar Land Rover, Graduate Trainee; Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Caseworker; Deloitte, Associate; Bank of America, Operations Analyst.

Work placements

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their time at Loughborough. Placements can be arranged with the help of the Careers and Employability Centre and are usually taken after the second year. If a placement is eligible for a Diploma in Professional Studies, the degree will be converted to a four year 'sandwich' course. In previous years, PHIR students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: VL1H

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: VL1F