History and Politics

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

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

UK & EU fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 2,000 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
Y1 21% 0% 79%
Y2 18% 0% 82%
Final 10% 0% 90%
Y1 47% 8% 45%
Y2 56% 5% 39%
Final 23% 0% 77%

About the course

History and Politics are a natural combination. Knowledge of the past helps us to understand the present day, while politics provides unique insights into history. Inspired by the rich history of Hull and its particular contribution to national politics, this combined programme will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the human experience over the long term, and enable you to apply historical insights to the study of politics and governance today. You’ll have access to our unique research resources in Hull – largely housed at the wonderfully refurbished University Library, the world-leading Wilberforce Institute for the study of Emancipation and Slavery, the distinctive Maritime Historical Studies Centre, and the pioneering Hull History Centre.

Studying at Hull opens doors of opportunity for those considering a career in politics. We have an established programme of internships with public and private organisations, including a challenging three-month placement at Westminster. Our graduates are well known throughout the major UK political parties because we have produced more special advisors (SpAds) than any other university. Our staff are active researchers and authors whose professional expertise underpins the modules they provide. Flexible in its approach, the degree allows you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests and career aspirations, as well as encouraging you to question conventional wisdom and your own preconceived ideas.

Entry requirements

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 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 IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

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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Future prospects

A joint degree lends itself to various career paths. For those interested in pursuing a career in politics, this course can lead to positions in political consultancy, the media, the Civil Service, public relations, political parties, parliament, charities, as well as international organisations. Many of our graduates are now working within the political arena in Westminster or Whitehall as party members, consultants, researchers and civil servants. Our graduates are so numerous there, they are known as the ‘Hull Mafia’.

Posts held by those who have successfully completed this course include Parliamentary Relations Manager for English Heritage, UK Corporate Affairs Director for Unilever UK; and Chief Executive, Educational and Services Division, at the multinational publishing house of Pearson Education. You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; our graduates have gone onto courses such as Masters courses in both Political and Historical Research, International Relations and Global Politics. There's also the option of becoming a member of our Graduate Association, which will notify you of interesting news and events occurring in the world of politics. You will also receive an annual copy of the Graduate Directory, which is an excellent tool for networking, particularly in the early stages of your career.