BA

Politics and Modern History

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Key Facts

V135
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Our Politics and Modern 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.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

96% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History. (NSS 2019)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

91% overall satisfaction for the subject of Politics; 85% for the sector. (NSS 2019)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Politics and Modern History at Aberystwyth?

  • Our department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS 2017).
  • You will be part of a History department that has scored 95% and an International Politics department that is ranked as 8th overall in the UK for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2018). 
  • You will be guided and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding, innovative and dynamic learning environment.
  • 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).
  • We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK.
  • All students on this course will have the opportunity to take part in our prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff).
  • Our department's extracurricular activities include being active contributors to ‘Interstate’  which is the oldest student-run international Politics journal in the UK.
Our Staff

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

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

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Making History * HY20120 20
People And Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Pobl A Grym: Deall Gwleidyddiaeth Gymharol Heddiw GQ23920 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A War On The Mind: Propaganda And Secret Intelligence From The Great War To The 21st Century IP28320 20
America At War: A Military History Of The United States IP26920 20
Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer GQ23720 20
Asian Migration In The Modern World HY27220 20
Britain And The Islamic World: From 1857 To The Iraq War IQ24020 20
Contemporary Latin America IP28720 20
Crime And Daily Life In Early Modern England And Wales HY22320 20
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 * WH23420 20
European Society And The Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY25820 20
Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY24620 20
Famine In Medieval England HY25520 20
From The Second Empire To The Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY28420 20
Global Economic Governance IQ20820 20
Heritage Skills HY23320 20
Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
International Politics And Global Development IP29220 20
International Relations: Perspectives And Debates * IP20120 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
Knowing About Violent Conflict In International Politics IQ24420 20
Media And Society In Twentieth Century Britain HY27520 20
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice IQ23720 20
Questions Of International Politics And Global Development IP26820 20
Russian Intelligence From Lenin To Putin IQ24920 20
Science, Religion And Magic HY28620 20
Strategy, Intelligence And Security In International Politics IQ25120 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism In The Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY29720 20
The British Army’s Image In Battle, From The Crimea To The Present IQ20920 20
The Dream Of Internationalism: The League Of Nations And Its Legacies IQ22420 20
The Eu: Politics, Policies, Problems IP23820 20
The Long Shadow Of The Second World War IP22720 20
The Making Of National Security Policy IP23720 20
The Middle East In The 20th Century IP24920 20
The Past And Present Us Intelligence IP26020 20
The Rise Of Modern Medicine, C.1750-2000 HY27320 20
The Second World War In Europe IP26420 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY20920 20
Trade Wars And The Liberal Order IQ21620 20
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Writing About War In High Medieval Scandinavia C.1050-1264 HY22920 20
Y Meddwl Cymreig Mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ20920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation HY30340 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A War On The Mind: Propaganda And Secret Intelligence From The Great War To The 21st Century IP38320 20
America At War: A Military History Of The United States IP36920 20
Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer GQ33720 20
Asian Migration In The Modern World HY37220 20
Britain And The Islamic World: From 1857 To The Iraq War IQ34020 20
Contemporary Latin America IP38720 20
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 * WH33420 20
European Society And The Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
Famine In Medieval England HY35520 20
From The Second Empire To The Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY38420 20
Global Economic Governance IQ30820 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ31720 20
Knowing About Violent Conflict In International Politics IQ34420 20
Media And Society In Twentieth Century Britain HY37520 20
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice IQ33720 20
Questions Of International Politics And Global Development IP36820 20
Russian Intelligence From Lenin To Putin IQ34920 20
Science, Religion And Magic HY38620 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism In The Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP34520 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720 20
The British Army’s Image In Battle, From The Crimean To The Present IQ30920 20
The Dream Of Internationalism: The League Of Nations And Its Legacies IQ32420 20
The European Union: Politics, Policies, Problems IP33820 20
The Long Shadow Of The Second World War IP32720 20
The Making Of National Security Policy IP33720 20
The Middle East In The Twentieth Century IP34920 20
The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence IP36020 20
The Rise Of Modern Medicine, C.1750-2000 HY37320 20
The Second World War In Europe IP36420 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY30920 20
Trade Wars And The Liberal Order IQ31620 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What are our graduates doing now? 

Graduates from our department have pursued careers in: 

  • The Civil Service;
  • Security Service;
  • Government Research department;
  • Public Affairs; 
  • Education; 
  • Social Research.

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. 

Learning & Teaching

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 will discover:

  • Historical skills;
  • New methods and periods;
  • The most exciting recent historical and political works;
  • The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century;
  • A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics.

In the second and Third year you will explore topics such as:

  • Historical method;
  • Political theory;
  • Early Modernity in Europe;
  • War and Society in History;
  • The evolution of warfare since Napoleon;
  • 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 Norman and Angevin England;
  • Political and historical aspects of the Cold War;
  • The Intelligence and security in the twentieth century;
  • The role warfare in the history of key states and regions (such as the USA, Russia UK & Ireland, and the Middle East).

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 yearly residential activity away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian and environmental crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, the US presidential election, war between Russia and Georgia, Iran’s nuclear programme, Brexit. 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

The Politics and Modern History course at Aberystwyth University provided me with an excellent opportunity to experience the expertise of two fantastic departments. The VI35 course is tailored especially for students who are fascinated about how our world has changed over time, and the important political components of that change. The ability to choose from an extended list of modules in both departments has allowed me to focus on the aspects of historical and political change that I find the most interesting. Furthermore, the staff and their expertise have provided me with an exceptional learning experience and outstanding student support. Alan Donaldson

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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