BA Hons History and Politics

University Of Greenwich

Program Overview

This degree in history and politics introduces you to the study of contemporary and historical political theory and practice. Our innovative modules explore race, gender, violence, political systems and international development. You'll examine questions such as 'what do democracy, power and freedom mean?' and 'how did people come to the vote the way they do?


You'll study five hundred years of British, European and global history in a historic location that offers easy access to important museum and library collections in London. You'll also be able to boost your future career prospects with a work placement in the political/policy, heritage, cultural or education sector.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,100



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Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Introducing History: Ideas and Practice (30 credits)
  • Comparative Politics (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • The Changing Faces of Britain 1707 – 1918 (30 credits)
  • Conflict, Commerce and Culture: Britain and the World, 1600-2000 (30 credits)
  • Making the Modern World: Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Long Nineteenth Century (30 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Working in Politics and International Relations (30 credits)
  • Approaches to Development: Theories, Actors, and Alternatives (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

'The People's War': The Second World War, Society, Culture and Legacy (15 credits)

  • Empire and Nation in the Middle East (15 credits)
  • History in Practice (30 credits)
  • Rebel Earth? History and Politics in the Anthropocene (15 credits)
  • “The Turbulent British”: A history of protest across the British Empire 1770 – 1930 (15 credits)
  • A Global History of Genocide Level 5 (15 credits)
  • Londonopolis: Material Lives in a Capital City, c.1600-1800 (15 credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • International Relations and International Security (30 credits)
  • Political Conspiracy and Slander (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • The History Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Work Placement (Level 6) (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • Britain and the Suppression of the Slave trade 1807-1867 (15 credits)
  • Cities of the Sultans: Life in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (15 credits)
  • Projecting Nations: Film, History and Propaganda (15 credits)
  • Writing Lives: Narratives of Defiance in North America & Britain 1850 -1950 (15 credits)
  • Footprints of Everyday Life: The Environmental History of Modern Britain (15 credits)
  • A Global History of Genocide (15 credits)

For entry in September 2022, you will require:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-Levels (we also accept UCAS points from alternative Level 3 qualifications including: BTEC Nationals, the International Baccalaureate and Scottish and Irish Highers).
  • GCSE English (Language or Literature) AND GCSE Maths at grade 4/C or above. We also consider equivalent qualifications in English and Maths at Level 2, in place of GCSEs.

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year)    
Home    £9,250 
International    £15,100 


Part-time (per 30 credits)
Home    £2,313 *

Fees information International fees
Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.


Accommodation costs
Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Funding your study
There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Other costs
Trips: The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some may be free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.


Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Will I have a work placement?
This course can be taken in sandwich mode, which means you can take a year to work in industry between your second and final years of study. Sandwich placements are relevant to your degree subject and are paid roles. It is the very best way of preparing you for successfully finding a job quickly when you graduate.


You will also have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake a short-term placement. The module will be assessed on your reflection on this placement and how you can apply your knowledge to the workplace. Many placements are found through our network of industry contacts, and students are supported in securing these.


How long is my placement?
Sandwich placements last for between 9-13 months. Work-based learning module placements are normally one day a week for either one or two terms depending on the number of credits available from the module.


What are the financial arrangements?
Sandwich placements are paid roles whereas work-based learning module placements are normally unpaid.


What sort of careers do graduates pursue?
The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs.


Graduates of this course have gone on to careers in research, teaching, administration, central and local government, librarianship and information services, museums and heritage management. Others have pursued careers in media and communications, publishing, the voluntary sector, the National Health Service, and business.


Some of these career options may require further study.


Are internships available?
Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.


Do you provide employability services?
Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.

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