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BAHistory and Politics

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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As Politics deals with the fundamental issues affecting society globally, it makes an ideal combination with History to create an exciting, stimulating and relevant degree.

Studying History at NTU is not a passive armchair activity but demands passion, focus, an open mind, intellectual curiosity and a willingness to engage in independent learning. You will be introduced to new concepts and perspectives and develop your own research interests alongside set modules.

This course offers a broad and diverse curriculum, covering periods from AD 700 to the present day, and subject areas as diverse as:

international and urban studies
dictatorship and democracy
warfare and reconstruction.
A wide range of options places the emphasis on student choice, enabling you to study in-depth specialist areas. These include:

The Crusades
Nazi Germany
Aztec and Inca civilisations
American and British History.
This course is taught by a team of internationally recognised researchers and historians. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014), 70% of our History research was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. For you, this means that the course is informed by the latest thinking and you will learn from people with a real passion for their subject.


Politics is designed for students who want an understanding of the issues dominating our lives: from the war in Afghanistan, to the European Union, to whether we will receive a pension when we reach retirement age.

Politics follows two basic themes: Political Systems, which includes such things as government, political parties and interest groups; and Political Thought, which introduces you to the basic ideas, movements and language through which politics are enacted. Politics will familiarise you with political systems and government in Europe – East as well as West – and beyond. During your studies you will gain an understanding of the various political ideas and ideologies which have informed them.

It is assumed that you have not previously studied Politics. The main requirement is that you have an enthusiasm for understanding how the world works and a preparedness to engage in discussions around key issues facing society. The first-year modules are designed to introduce you to basic political concepts and approaches. This will allow you to support your opinions with appropriate concepts and methods of investigation.

Programme structure

What will I study?
Find out everything you need to know about what you’ll be studying on this course. Detailed module information is available here:

Politics Joint Honours
History Joint Honours

How will I learn?
The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects and a third drawn from a wide range of subjects within the School (including the University Language Programme). This enables greater flexibility in course selection. At the end of Year One, students have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway.

We ensure your learning experience is varied and gives you transferable skills that you can put into practice for years to come. Most modules involve discussions, presentations, group work and independent project work. Tutorials in Year One will help you settle in quickly and to make the jump to university-level study.

Year Two – extra opportunities
Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enables you to take part in the following optional opportunities:

International exchange – Experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.
Work placements – Gain valuable work experience that will impress employers and help you get ahead in your chosen career. Boost your employability by taking a credit-bearing work placement as part of your degree rather than a sandwich year.

Career opportunities

Knowledge and understanding of the past is of incalculable value both to the individual and to society, and as one of our History and Politics graduates you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills to achieve this.

Academically, the study of History instills an appreciation of the importance of historical context, the challenges posed by imperfect evidence, and a greater awareness of the historical forces unfolding in our own time. Proficiency in close textual analysis, developing rational enquiry, and constructing and articulating argument will provide not only valuable life skills but significant benefits to your employment activities. You will also have knowledge of communications and media processes and their impact on industry and society.

Politics and History graduates are effective communicators, both in speech and in writing, and possess a range of major transferable skills that include critical reasoning and independence of thought, and excellence in research methodology and advanced problem solving. These skills are valued in a wide range of occupations and settings, which is why the immediate and longer term destinations of History graduates are so diverse.

Politics and History graduates have gone on to forge successful careers both within large, well known organisations (such as Marks and Spencer, BBC etc.) and the small to medium sized companies that constitute much of the UK economy. Recent graduate roles have included law, publishing, marketing, PR, retail and finance.

Some graduates choose to progress to further study, either to continue their research within Politics or History, or to gain more direct vocational qualifications such as museum and heritage management, teaching, or tourism.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States