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History and International Relations

Entry Year: 2023

2 study options

History and International Relations BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2023
UCAS code
VL01
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£21,200
Funding information
Paying your fees

History and International Relations with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2023
UCAS code
VL02
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£21,200
Funding information
Paying your fees

Year abroad cost

Finances for studying abroad on exchange

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Overview

An opportunity to understand the modern world by studying relations between nations alongside their historical development.

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

In the first year, you'll receive a strong grounding in the range of methodological approaches used in both subjects, before studying either British or Global History. You'll also choose from modules covering topics such as Politics in Action or an Introduction to Political Analysis.

From then on, you'll have the freedom to choose from a range of module options in both subjects allowing you to explore areas such as the history of human rights, the origins of the Cold War, the War on Terror and the Coronavirus pandemic. You'll also take modules designed to best prepare you for your final year dissertation which can be taken in either a History or International Relations subject.

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Structure

You can complete your degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • History in Practice
  • Introduction to International Relations

And at least one from

  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Thinking Politically
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • Political Analysis
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
  • Global Histories
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Background to British Politics
  • Controversies of Science and Technology in the Making of the Modern World
  • Politics in Action

Please note that remaining modules should be split equally between both schools. All modules are subject to change. 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • History Research Project
  • International Relations Theory

Choose from over 30 modules, such as

  • The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900-2000
  • International Relations Theory
  • Totalitarianism: Authoritarian Politics in History and Theory, 1920-2003
  • The International Politics of the Developing World
  • History of Political Thought
  • War in World Politics
  • Colonialism, Capitalism and Development

Please note that remaining modules should be split equally between both schools. All modules are subject to change. 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

Either

  • History Research Dissertation (inlcuding History, University of London or intercolligiate special subject)

Or

  • Dissertation in Politics/International Relations

Then choose from over 30 modules, such as

  • Cold War America 1945 – 1975
  • Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
  • The Germans and the Jews since 1871
  • Totalitarianism: History & Theory of Twentieth Century Authoritarian Politics
  • Africa and International Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • The First Age of Globalisation: Money, Race, and Empire 1850-1933

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our History and International Relations 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.

Testimonial

The variety of modules offered was the main reason I chose Queen Mary. Within my degree I want to fully enjoy the modules, to be engaged to the highest level. I think the more you enjoy something the better you will do.

Adam Omar, History and Politics (2024)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

For each module you’ll usually receive two hours of weekly contact time, 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.

 

Assessment

Assessment typically involves a combination of examinations and coursework, or coursework only. Coursework may include essays, diaries, case-studies and oral presentations.

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

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent resources to aid your studies, including:

  • membership of the Queen Mary Library, the University of London Library at Senate House, and reading access to other college libraries within the University of London
  • a vibrant History Society
  • an impartial Politics and International Relations Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. 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.
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 at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. 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.
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 at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

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.

Funding

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.

Careers

As a School of History graduate, you can apply your degree knowledge directly to a career in museums, education or the arts and heritage sector. Our graduates are also highly employable in other sectors and commonly enter roles in publishing, journalism, policy, consumer and social research, management consulting and the Civil Service – making use of skills gained from the programme, including verbal and written communication, research, critical analysis and attention to detail.

Recent graduates from the School of History have been hired by:

  • Bank of England
  • Croud Marketing
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Gillamor Stephens
  • J.P. Morgan
  • LexisNexis.

Career support

The School of History has a dedicated Careers Consultant who can offer specialist advice. We hold an annual ‘History Futures’ event where you can meet former students and discover how their studies have helped them progress in their career.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • 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 one of the top 100 in the World according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. Our staff are at the forefront of research in their respective fields - world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio. 

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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School of History

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8351

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