Politics / History

Key Facts

Code LVG1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Our Politics and History degree scheme concentrates on recent history and politics and places the study of political ideas and institutions in the context of an understanding of historical development. It combines the expertise of political scientists and historians in an integrated course structure that allows you considerable latitude in the choice of modules. Teaching will be shared between the Department of International Politics and the Department of History and Welsh History, both of which have established notable reputations for teaching and research in their respective fields.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of History (NSS 2016)

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of International Politics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of History and Welsh: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views


Why study Politics and History at Aberystwyth University?

  • Our department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2016).
  • The department of International Politics is regarded as world leading and internationally excellent, and we are the best in Wales with our pioneering Research (Ref 2014).
  • Taught in a department that was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I, and it’s the world’s first university department of International Politics.
  • Taught by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding, innovative and dynamic learning environment.
  • Rated high by our students in the National Student Survey (NSS).
  • We have a copyright library on campus, the National Library of Wales.
  • Opportunity to take part in our prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff).
  • Contribute to the oldest student –run international Politics journal in the UK ‘Interstate’ which homes itself within the department.
Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.




* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What are the career prospects for Politics and History graduates?

Here is an example of what our graduates are doing:

Civil Service fast streamer, Security Service Officer, Government research officer, public affairs consultant, Social researcher.

What opportunities are there for me whilst studying at University?

Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.

  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

What skills will acquire if I studied Politics and Modern History at Aberystwyth University?

Studying for a degree in International Politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you may discover:

  • Historical skills
  • New methods and periods
  • War, strategy and intelligence
  • Czechoslov Russia since 1900: Nationalism, Totalitarianism and Democratization
  • The most exciting recent historical and political works

In your second year you may explore:

  • Historical method (Examining the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time)
  • Political theory
  • Early Modernity in Europe
  • War and Society in History

In your third year you may study:

  • Romantic Wales
  • Gender in History
  • British Society and the French Revolution
  • Napoleon
  • Britain at War
  • The Third Reich
  • The Vietnam War
  • Ritual , Kingship and Power in noram and Angevin England

 How will I be taught?

We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars.

We will assign you a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your degree, this person will help you any problems whether these are academic-related or personal issues.

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.

We encourage our students to take part in the Crisis Games, which is a twice-yearly residential course away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, the US presidential election, war between Russia and Georgia. The Crisis Games will allow you to learn about aspects of international politics which cannot be taught in lectures and seminars, especially the constraints which political leaders face in responding to various crises. This is no doubt, the highlight of the year. 

Student Views

This is a course that is different from any other. It examines elements of power, order and security more than any other discipline. In essence, it focuses on the way in which societies and governments react to certain events. It entails the study of knowledge in so deep and complex a way that, in the end, nobody can ever possess it completely. Passion is one thing and reason is something else, but the two things combined make Politics. A story of love and death -incline and decline - so charming that you can only love it once, meaning for ever... Antel Ompeintat

What I love about my course is the variation in module choices, the depth of discussion and the freedom to take a unique perspective on an issue whilst still remaining in a structured environment. Alex John Haden

What's great about political studies is the variety of choice you have in exactly what you want to study. Politics is such a broad subject and therefore needs a wide variety of modules to study. Furthermore as a subject it encourages interaction and participation. There is no other course that has quite the same level of interaction between students. Emma Rammell

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

UCAS Tariff:
114 - 128

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30-32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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