politics
Year of entry:
UCAS code: LV21

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Exploring the Past

  • British Political History since 1945

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • The Modern World

Optional modules

  • The Medieval World

  • Early Modern People and Their Worlds

  • Global Histories: The Non-Western World

  • Introduction to War and Politics

  • Introduction to Politics of the World Economy

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Thinking About the Past

  • Understanding America

Optional modules

  • British Government

  • Understanding States and Markets

  • British Identity

  • Emperors, Vikings and Scholars

  • The “Bloody Code”: Crime and Punishment in 18th Century London

  • Into the Wild: American Environmental History and Culture

  • Understanding the European Union

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

  • A Millennium of Persecution: Jews and Antisemitism in Europe, c.1000-1945

  • Power and Dominion: Expanding Rule in the Atlantic World, 1066-1865

  • Understanding China

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Crisis and Conflict after the Cold War: Interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s

  • Hazards and History: Disasters, Wars and Societies

  • The Third Reich, 1933-1945

  • A Racial History of Modern Britain, 1793-1999

  • UK Politics in an Age of Austerity

  • Being Great

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

  • Small Wars

  • The US in Vietnam

  • Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution

  • The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ and the Middle East, 1945-1973

  • Commanding the Oceans: Seapower and British Ascendancy, 1688-1815

  • The World We’re In

  • Critics of Capitalism

  • European Union Politics and Policies

  • One-Semester Internship (Westminster)

If you opt for the One-Semester Internship, you'll have access to our exclusive seminar series presented by senior parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

"There's a lot of history surrounding Hull, and this influences the modules you study. Once I realised that, I knew that I'd be in the ideal place for my course."

Holly Cockerham Watch video

"I'm currently being taught by Lord Norton of Louth, so I'm being taught by people who are actually currently sitting in the House of Lords."

Lucy Dunwell Watch video

More about this course

History and Politics are a natural combination. Knowledge of the past helps us to understand the present day, while politics provides unique insights into history. Inspired by the rich history of Hull and its particular contribution to national politics, this combined programme will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the human experience over the long term, and enable you to apply historical insights to the study of politics and governance today. You’ll have access to our unique research resources in Hull – largely housed at the wonderfully refurbished University Library, the world-leading Wilberforce Institute for the study of Emancipation and Slavery, the distinctive Maritime Historical Studies Centre, and the pioneering Hull History Centre.

Studying at Hull opens doors of opportunity for those considering a career in politics. We have an established programme of internships with public and private organisations, including a challenging three-month placement at Westminster. Our graduates are well known throughout the major UK political parties because we have produced more special advisors (SpAds) than any other university. Our staff are active researchers and authors whose professional expertise underpins the modules they provide. Flexible in its approach, the degree allows you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests and career aspirations, as well as encouraging you to question conventional wisdom and your own preconceived ideas.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

18%

82%

Second year

18%

82%

Final year

13%

87%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

27%

8%

65%

Second year

56%

5%

39%

Final year

23%

77%

The largest Westminster placement scheme in the UK, with unmatched access to MPs.

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

Follow your interests in the social, cultural, art, indigenous, military, maritime and economic history of Britain, Europe and the wider world.

Resources include one of the UK's best university libraries, plus the Hull History Centre, Maritime Historical Studies Centre and the Wilberforce Institute.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £14,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

A joint degree lends itself to various career paths. For those interested in pursuing a career in politics, this course can lead to positions in political consultancy, the media, the Civil Service, public relations, political parties, parliament, charities, as well as international organisations. Many of our graduates are now working within the political arena in Westminster or Whitehall as party members, consultants, researchers and civil servants. Our graduates are so numerous there, they are known as the ‘Hull Mafia’.

Posts held by those who have successfully completed this course include Parliamentary Relations Manager for English Heritage, UK Corporate Affairs Director for Unilever UK; and Chief Executive, Educational and Services Division, at the multinational publishing house of Pearson Education. You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; our graduates have gone onto courses such as Masters courses in both Political and Historical Research, International Relations and Global Politics. There's also the option of becoming a member of our Graduate Association, which will notify you of interesting news and events occurring in the world of politics. You will also receive an annual copy of the Graduate Directory, which is an excellent tool for networking, particularly in the early stages of your career.