1. UCAS code:
    VL1F
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  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

  • 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 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 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 1 (Sep-Jan 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 2 (Jan - Jun 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)20The Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century World
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
AND

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2 (PO-327)
Optional Modules
Politics Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module from below as follows: You may only select the Dissertation module in one subject. Students selecting PO-395 Politics Dissertation must select a 40 credit pair of History Special Subjects. Students selcting PO-3000 must go on to select the History Dissertation HIH3300

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PO-3000Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
AND
History Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students taking the Politics Dissertation must now select a pair of History Special subjects. Students taking PO-3000 Placement must select the History Dissertation

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)
HIH3220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (II)Must be taken with HIH3219
HIH3227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (I)
HIH3228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (II)Must be taken with HIH3227
HIH3231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Science, Magic, and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (i)
HIH3232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Science , Magic and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (ii)
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)Must be taken with HIH3239
HIH3253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (1)
HIH3254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (II)Must be taken with HIH3253
HIH3304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Great War for Empire, 1754-1764: The Americas and India
HIH3306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Great War for Empire II, 1754-1764: EuropeMust be taken with HIH3304
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England - Part 2Must be taken with HIH3311
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part One
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part TwoMust be taken with HIH3315
HIH3328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age I
HIH3329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age IIMust be taken with HIH3328
HIH3332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes (1)
HIH3333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mapping Medieval Land: Domesday Book and Beyond (2) Must be taken with HIH3332
HIH3336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Borgias and Beyond: Politics and Culture in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) - Part I
HIH3337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Borgias and Beyond: Politics and Culture in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) - Part IIMust be taken with HIH3336
HIH3339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe 1900-1933, Part I
HIH3340Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe, 1900-1933, Part IIMust be taken with HIH3339
HIH3343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Hungry WorldMust be taken wtih HIH3343
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 2)
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry WorldMust be taken with HIH3345
HIH3347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Henry VIII: Government, Society, and Religion, 1509-1547 (Part 1)
HIH3348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Henry VIII: Government, Society, and Religion, 1509-1547 (Part 2)Must be taken with HIH3347
AND
Optional Module selection 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one optional module from below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH303WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Violence
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH3349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The British Atlantic World c.1550-1760
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

Description

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

Entry Requirements

Offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level with a grade B in History but we will accept 128-112 tariff points from a range of advanced level qualifications. International Baccalaureate 32-30, Welsh Baccalaureate A/B plus BB at A-level or Access 18 Distinction and 15 Merits.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/ For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,300

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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Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.