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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)
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement after year two


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

Compulsory Modules

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

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Historical Controversies
Politics in Action

Optional Modules

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
Study Trip [Berlin]
The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945
The First World War: 100 Years On
Crimes of the Powerful
Difference and Diversity
Policing and Criminal Justice
Education and Society
Constructing Social Problems
Living in a Mobile World: Migration, Diversity and Transnationalism

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

History & Politics Dissertation

Optional Modules

Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945
The Vietnam War
Treason in the Age of Ideologies
Living and Dying under the Third Reich
The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945
Rebellion and Resistance in Modern African History
The Limitation Game: Intelligence in International Perspective, 1899-1941
Gender, Violence and Human Rights
The American Century
Illegal Economies
Punishment and Imprisonment
International Human Rights and Criminal Law
Global Disorder
International Human Rights
Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
Active Citizenship
Global Security, Justice and Society


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.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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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