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BA History and Politics

Examine the progress of people, events and government through time. Mix it up with a three-month Westminster internship to experience it in a modern context.

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Course overview

History and Politics are a natural combination. Knowledge of the past helps us to understand the present. And current politics provides insights into history.

On this degree, you’ll study the progress of people, events and government through time. And you could get to see modern politics functioning first hand on a three-month internship at Westminster. This flexible course lets you tailor your studies to suit your own interests and career plans.

Inspired by the rich history of Hull and its particular contribution to national politics, this degree will enhance your understanding of the human experience over the long term. And it'll enable you to apply historical insights to the study of present-day politics and governance.

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Six reasons to study History and Politics at Hull

  1. One of the largest Westminster placement schemes
  2. Politics is 9th in the UK for overall student satisfaction#
  3. 94% graduate employment rating*
  4. Choose to study at a partner institution abroad
  5. History is 5th in the UK for learning resources#
  6. Exclusive seminars by parliamentary officials

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    British Political History since 1945

    The UK's political history after World War Two: from Eden to the EEC and from Wilson to the 'Winter of Discontent', encounter the people, ideas and policies that have shaped modern Britain.

    Introduction to International Relations

    Explore the theories that have been developed to advance our knowledge of how global politics works, and the ways in which the field of international relations is expanding today.

    Philosophy, History and Ideology

    Learn how to analyse the structure of contemporary political ideologies and assess the historical interrelations between key philosophical concepts and their political implications.

    History of Freedom

    What does it mean to be free and how has the answer to this question changed over time? In ancient and medieval times, there was no expectation of individual freedom as we understand it today, rather there were degrees of ‘unfreedom’ such as slavery, serfdom, or vassalage. Later, in the age of empire, race determined who could be enslaved, and the slave trade’s legacies of racism persist into the present day: the civil rights movements and the struggle against apartheid are known as some of the most prominent recent fights for freedom. Nonetheless, the idea of freedom has far broader connotations, and you will also have the flexibility to explore diverse issues such as religious, cultural or personal freedoms.

    Human Worlds

    How have humans shaped their environment, and how has the environment shaped them in return? These questions have controlled how and where we live. The availability of resources has encouraged migration and movement from the trade routes of the Silk Road across Asia to the imperial web of coaling stations that developed for the projection of naval power. How do cities grow – like St Petersburg, Delhi or Paris, built and rebuilt that has affected how generations of inhabitants later would live their lives?

    World War Tudors

    Why are TV programmes so obsessed with certain episodes in British history such as the Tudors and the world wars? What idea of Britain is conveyed when we focus on a narrow range of stories like Boudicca’s fight against Rome, victory at Agincourt, Henry VIII’s wives or the Battle of Britain? What gets left out of British history in these simplified versions of the past? This module will invite you to critique popular culture, such as television documentaries or computer games, and to create different fresh ideas for how you think the public could engage with an aspect of the past that inspires you.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Thinking About the Past

    This module focuses on historiography - the history of history. It deals with how the subject of history and historical writing have evolved from ancient times to the present day.

    Understanding America

    An introduction to the political culture and institutions of the USA. You'll consider America's international role and the relationship between its domestic and international policies.

  • Optional

    British Government

    In the age of Brexit, who governs Britain? Discover the institutions of the British state, from Downing Street to the devolved assemblies, and from the Conservatives to Labour.

    Understanding and Rethinking Political Economy

    Discover the history of ideas in political economy, and their modern relevance. You’ll explore the work of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek and Joseph Stiglitz.

    Emperors, Vikings and Scholars: the Transformation of 'Barbarian' Europe, 750–1000

    The fall of Rome changed Europe's cultural and political landscape forever. This module covers the dramatic aftermath, which engulfed the continent for more than 200 years.

    Into the Wild: US Environmental History from the 19th Century to the Present

    An exploration of American environmental history and current approaches to the global climate change crisis. Voted 'Best Module' by students in the 2017 students' union Teaching Awards.

    Understanding the European Union

    Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll consider its core policies, including the European Single Market, environmental policy and the implications of Brexit.

    A Millennium of Persecution: Antisemitism in Europe from the Crusades to the Holocaust

    Study the persecution of European Jewry from the medieval era. You'll explore an array of local sources, including archives of first-hand Holocaust testimonies held here in Hull.

    The Shot Heard Around the World: 1776 in its Global Contexts

    Did the Boston Tea Party only affect British colonies? The crates belonged to the East India Company, after all. Re-examine events often confined to histories of America or the British empire.

    Understanding China

    This module examines the economic transformations of China in a historical, cultural and political context. You'll evaluate the major issues and challenges facing the nation.

    America's Wars in Asia

    The USA fought four major wars in Eastern Asia during the 20th century. Explore the USA's troubled relationship with Asia and the key concepts that have influenced US foreign policy. 

    History of Political Thought

    You'll learn about the thoughts and historical context of some of the world's most important philosophers and political theorists Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Marx (among others).

    The United Nations and Global Security

    This module introduces you to the study of state interaction within the context of the world’s major inter-governmental security organisation: the United Nations.

    Game of History

    Millions of people play games, in all of their forms, many of them have a historical setting. Explore how games shape our understanding of the past, and how history shapes games.

    The British Empire

    Was British imperialism down to aggressive self-confidence or of defensive uncertainty? Was it a benefit or a cost to Britain and its dependencies? Here's where you find out.

    Imperialism, Nationalism, and Decolonization: Britain in SE Asia, c. 1850-1950

    This module examines the development of British intellectual, economic, and political interests in South-East Asia from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. 

Final year modules

  • Choose one


    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    One-Trimester Internship

    Apply knowledge learned on your degree in a real working environment on one of our unique internship opportunities - enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.

    One Trimester Abroad

    An opportunity to study for a semester abroad at any of our partner institutions. Select a number of modules on offer from the host institution to count towards your degree.

  • Optional

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

    The Yugoslav Wars destroyed a country of 20 million. Study controversies about the causes and course of the wars and investigate how we make sense of the break-up of Yugoslavia.

    The Third Reich, 1933-1945

    Discover how and why Germany, one of the most cultured nations on Earth – this ‘land of poets and thinkers’ – descended to the depths of barbarity within a few short years.

    UK Politics in an Age of Austerity and Brexit

    Examine contemporary debates on economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, foreign policy and the future of the welfare state.

    Dangerous Minds

    Study the relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be.

    BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

    Discover challenges facing the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the shifting power structures of international affairs.

    Culture Wars

    What causes the culture wars? Explore the controversies. From identity politics to free speech and BLM to transgenderism.

    Critics of Capitalism

    Study some of the most important critics of capitalist societies. You'll explore issues such as capitalist oppression, exploitation and the corruption of music and art.

    Medicine and Modern War

    You’ll explore the experiences of patients, practitioners and policymakers in the period between the Crimean War (1850s) and the Falklands War (1980s).

    Gandhi to Mandela: the Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa

    Examine the local, national and international responses to racial segregation in South Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll explore issues of race and social exclusion evident in South African society.

    Venice, Genoa and the Crusades: 1080–1351

    Study the Crusades through the revealing lens of the Italian ‘maritime republics’, Venice and Genoa – cities at the heart of much crusading activity.

    The Archaeology of the Castle

    Put the castle in its context – exploring the military and domestic roles, landscapes and the social context of castle construction – even creating your own mini-model.

    The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

    How should we think about the environment? And how should we act towards to it? You'll study environmental attitudes, the politics and ideology of environmentalism, its ethics and philosophy, pressure groups and political parties, and the principles of environmental policy.

    The Contemporary House of Commons

    Study the functions of the House of Commons and how they are shaped by the changes in the political environment. Examine what MPs do - collectively and individually.

    Comparative Legislatures

    Examine how legislatures fit within systems of government. You'll explore the Westminster model, US Congress, and the Brazilian, German, South African and Chinese parliaments.

    Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform

    Study Parliament in the context of constitutional change. You'll explore electoral reform, pressure for a Bill of Rights, devolution, referendums and membership of the EU.

    Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union

    This module focuses on the theoretical and empirical context in which democracy and legitimacy have become existential challenges for the European Union.

    Germany in the New Europe

    This module assesses the reunified Germany and its role in the new Europe. You'll learn about Germany's political parties, its government and its main policies.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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At Hull, you’re a name not a number. During Clearing, we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades. We may be able to offer you a place whatever your situation.

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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History and Politics students benefit from access to the city's specialist historical resources such as the Hull History Centre.

Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£15,400 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Political researcher
  • Civil servant
  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Museum or gallery conservator

This joint degree opens up a wide range of career paths from politics to teaching. By explaining, supporting and defending your ideas, you’ll become a better communicator.

We also develop your digital literacy through diverse teaching and learning methods, helping you build skills that you can draw on throughout your career.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

* Number of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

# National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only