History and Politics

Entry Year: 2019

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BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2019
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Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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History and Politics


Are you interested in the evolution of political ideas and institutions, and the history behind the world's major powers?

Taught by experts from the Schools of History and Politics and International Relations, our joint honours degree in History and Politics examines the close links between these two disciplines.

This degree is designed to help you understand the modern world and uncover the history of political thought. You'll get an excellent grounding in both history and politics - covering a variety of historical periods, regions and ideas, as well as political theory, ideas and ideologies, and government and institutions.

You can choose from a range of option modules in both subjects, giving you the opportunity to explore specialist areas as diverse as colonisation in African history, the Russian Tsars and Bolsheviks, Britain in the Second World War, building the American Nation, comparative European politics, and the twenty-first century War on Terror.

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You can complete your History and Politics degree in three or four years.

Year 1


  • History in Practice
  • Introduction to Politics

Choose from

  • Background to British Politics
  • Building the American Nation 1756-1900
  • Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their legacy
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History
  • Global Histories
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Life and Death in the Victorian Home
  • Political Analysis
  • Race and the Desire for Difference
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World 1500-1800
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
  • The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Choose at least one from

  • History of Modern Political Thought
  • History of Western Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought 1

Choose from over 50 modules, including

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890 - 1990
  • A History of Terror in the Modern Age 1858-2008
  • From the Tsars to the Bolsheviks: Russia 1801-1921
  • Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
  • Political Research
  • Politics of International Law
  • The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900-200
  • US Politics
  • War in World Politics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • History special subject and dissertation

Special subjects may include

  • Making Thatcher's Britain: the Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997
  • The French Civil War 1934-1944
  • The Kennedy Years
  • The War on Terror

Choose from

  • Africa and International Politics
  • American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements
  • Gender and Politics
  • Global Politics of Health and Disease
  • Latin American Politics
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Politics of South Asia
  • Populism: A Global Perspective
  • Race and Racism in World Politics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our History and Politics BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.


The academic environment is satisfying and the ease of reaching and discussing with our professors is great! I particularly enjoyed the teaching of Europe in Global Context from the 1800s as it gave me a good sense of a rich period of modern history.


Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately two hours of weekly contact time per module, typically comprising a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour seminar. Formal teaching is supplemented by one-to-one discussions in staff office hours and feedback sessions.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for study sessions, working on projects and revising for exams.


Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Some modules are assessed by coursework only.

In your final year you’ll work on a dissertation worth 25% of your final year mark, researching a specialised area of history that particularly interests you.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent resources to aid your studies, including:

  • membership to the Queen Mary library, the University of London Library at Senate House, and reading access to other college libraries within the University of London
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • a central London location offering ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • a vibrant History Society
  • events throughout the year such as public debates, film nights and book launches which attract diverse audiences and offer networking opportunities
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Our History and Politics graduates are highly employable, with invaluable political knowledge and research, analytical and communication skills that open doors to a huge variety of roles. They move into domestic and international careers in areas such as government, policy research, education, journalism, publishing, media and business.

Recent History and Politics graduates have been hired by:

  • Four Communications
  • Members of Parliament
  • the NHS
  • The Times
  • Warrener Stewart Chartered Accountants.

Career support

While studying with the School of History and the School of Politics and International Relations you'll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance.

The annual ‘History Futures’ alumni event will give you the opportunity to meet with former students, and discover how their studies have helped them progress their career.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.


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About the Schools

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

School of Politics and International Relations

We’re a growing School invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our London location is home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, we host high-profile speakers, and we offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector.

Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.

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