1. UCAS code:
    VL1F
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA Politics and History degree has an exciting range of topics that cover every branch of Politics, as well as periods of Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year.
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Students can have a semester abroad in Hong Kong and the USA.
  • Students can study a 'Parliamentary Studies" module which includes sessions with members of parliament and the House of Lords, visits to the Palace of Westminster. Staff from the Houses of Parliament will deliver some classes and will be available to act as informal project advisors to students who take the follow on Dissertation in parliamentary studies module.
  • This course offers the study of Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History and covers political, social, cultural and military aspects of history and not only British and European history but also the history of Asia and the Americas.
  • In the second year, students can take a study trip/field project module Ancient and Historic Places.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

     

     

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
PO-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 modules from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Europe: an introduction
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800Not to be taken with HUC101 or MS-106
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History
AND
Politics Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module from the options below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Contours of American Politics
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
HUC101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and RhetoricYou may not take this module if you have selected HIH118 from above
HUP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
MS-106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Welsh SocietyYou may not take this module if you have selected HIH118 from above
MSP100RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
Optional Modules
Joint Honours History 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Students should ensure that they select 60 credits ine ach teaching block when combined with their other selections.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-217Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH2017Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State of the Church in Later Medieval Europe
HIH222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
HIH240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe 1650-1800: From Reason to Romanticism
HIH253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH255Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First World War: Politics, Society and Culture 1870-1933
HIH258Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Occupied Europe 1938 - 1947
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HIH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From War to Revolution: France 1914-1968
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
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Description

Students study six modules, three in Politics and three in History.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offer for UK applicants is BBB-BBC at A-level, including a B in History. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"In my time working with Jane Hutt AM at the Welsh Assembly, I thoroughly enjoyed what I found to be a truly illuminating experience. I was delegated with responsibilities for handling various forms of constituency work, where I was dealing with problems of differing degrees in severity, compiling briefs, constructing letters and emails on behalf of Jane to constituents and local and Assembly ministers, as well as writing a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper for Jane. The experience taught me just how important things as seemingly insignificant as wording can determine the tone of a letter or email, and the likelihood of a positive outcome in respect of this, as well as many other skills and contacts that may well prove to be invaluable in the years ahead. I would thoroughly recommend the scheme to any student who wishes to develop their skills and practical understanding of working in a political environment."

Nick Jolley, BA in Politics and Social Policy


 “I graduated with a First-Class Honours History degree from Swansea University. My three years as an undergraduate here were truly the most enjoyable of my life so far!  Looking back, the BA degree was everything I hoped it would be. The modules were all very interesting and highly enjoyable with a great range available. The lecturers, tutors and all members of the History department were also incredibly friendly and always willing help. This is why it didn't take me long to decide that Swansea was where I wanted to continue my studies. I am now studying towards an MA in Early Modern History with the hope of continuing on to a PhD.”  

Cath Horler


 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.9 per cent * of Politics and International Relations Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Politics and International Relations will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Development and Human Rights
  • MA International Relations
  • MA International Security and Development
  • MA Politics
  • MA Public Policy
  • MA War and Society

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Politics and International Relations. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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