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  • Take modules from across different disciplines, giving you greater insight into a range of topics
  • Learn from historians, political scientists, sociologists, and human rights scholars.
  • Roehampton is in the top ten universities in England for graduate earnings in history (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one year after graduation)
  • Roehampton is number six in London for History (The Times Good University Guide 2020)


Learn about Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump, and the history of the political left and right on our BA History and Politics. You will explore how we structure our society and how history shapes our future. This course combines two subjects that work together and provide you with a broader knowledge of different periods of history while providing a deep understanding of political ideas, the institutions of our society, and the theories capable explaining global relationships.

Throughout this interdisciplinary degree you will be exposed to key skills necessary to conduct research, analyse political issues, interpret the past, and gain employment in a relevant field. You will cover a broad range of topics from key political systems and events that have underpinned the modern era, to criminal justice and education.  You will engage with the academic traditions in history and social science, and learn how to express opinions and arguments. You will explore major ethical dilemmas of politics, systems of power, the history of modern geopolitics, and the various disciplinary approaches to History and Politics.

You'll get real-world experience, and work placement and internship opportunities, building the skills needed to open the door to many rewarding careers. We offer both work placements and study trips abroad as part of your degree.

Throughout the degree you will develop key critical and analytical skills, which you will apply in class seminars and debates. We foster a supportive environment built on strong student-staff relationships and an environment that helps you to thrive, whatever your background.

Year One

  • Gain skills for conducting research and managing academic projects.
  • Learn about the key political systems, ideas, and episodes that have underpinned the modern era.

Second Year

  • Build upon research skills and broaden your knowledge about political history.
  • Put your skills and knowledge to practice in a work placement or an internship.

Final Year

  • The only compulsory module in your third year is your dissertation, which you’ll work on under the guidance of your supervisor. What you research, and the approach you take, is up to you.
  • Choose from a broad range of modules that will allow you to tailor your final year to your interests and demonstrate your research skills.

Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

  • Modern British and European History 
  • The Historian’s Craft
  • History of Political Thought
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Dictatorships and Democracies
  • British Politics from Union to Brexit

Year 2

  • Historical Controversies
  • Politics in Action

Optional modules

  • The American Century
  • African American Freedom Struggles since 1945
  • Race and Empire
  • Genocide in Europe
  • Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920
  • British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950
  • London: History, Art and Society
  • Study Trip to Berlin
  • Cold War Internationalisms, 1945-1989
  • The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945
  • The First World War: 100 Years On
  • Education and Society
  • Constructing Social Problems
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
  • Living in a Mobile World: Migration, Diversity and Transnationalism
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Difference and Diversity
  • Policing and Criminal Justice

Year 3

  • History & Politics Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Violence in Africa
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Irish Diaspora 1750-1939
  • Living Dying Under the Third Reich
  • Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945
  • The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945
  • Treason in the Age of Ideologies
  • The Limitation Game: Intelligence in International Perspective, 1899-1941
  • Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
  • Active Citizenship
  • Global Security, Justice and Society
  • Gender, Violence and Human Rights
  • Drug Use and Policy
  • Illegal Economies
  • Punishment and Imprisonment
  • Global Disorder
  • International Human Rights and Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates will go on to various careers including politics (either research, campaigning, policy work, or civil service), publishing, teaching, journalism, business management, law, media, advertising and public relations, community and social services, and heritage or cultural management.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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