BA

Politics and Modern History

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Key Facts

Code V135
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. For 2020 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century Of Conflict: Global Warfare 1918–2018 IQ25920 20
Between Revolution And Reform: China Since 1800 HY28520 20
Britain And Ireland: War, Politics And Security From The Act Of Union To The 21st Century IP28820 20
Churchill’s Wars: From The Age Of Empire To The Cold War IQ25820 20
Contemporary Civil-military Relations: Critical And Comparative Approaches IQ25420 20
Contemporary Us Foreign Policy IQ22220 20
Crime And Daily Life In Early Modern England And Wales HY22320 20
Culture, Society And The Victorians HY29320 20
Economic Diplomacy And Leadership IQ24320 20
European Security In 21st Century IP23620 20
Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY24620 20
From Poor Law To Welfare State: Poverty And Welfare In Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
Germany Since 1945 HY29620 20
Global Inequality And World Politics IQ24120 20
Global Politics And The Refugee Regime IQ25520 20
History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz' HY23420 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
Interpreting The Contemporary Heritage Of The British Isles, 1960-1980 HY20220 20
Military History Campaign Study Research Paper IQ25320 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai To Salary Men HY29820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH24420 20
Nationalism In Theory And Practice IP29920 20
Political Theory IP22220 20
Refugee Simulation IQ25620 20
Russian Security In The 21st Century IP21820 20
Spies At War IQ21320 20
Strategy, Intelligence And Security In International Politics IQ25120 20
The Arab-israeli Wars IP21320 20
The Century Of The Superpowers And The Global Cold War IQ25220 20
The European Reformation HY26520 20
The Politics And Paradoxes Of International Organisations IQ26020 20
Uk Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ23820 20
Wales Under The Tudors WH23520 20
War Crimes IQ25720 20
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Women And Global Development IP29620 20

Core

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century Of Conflict: Global Warfare 1918-2018 IQ35920 20
Between Revolution And Reform: China Since 1800 HY38520 20
Britain And Ireland: War, Politics And Security From The Act Of Union To The 21st Century IP38820 20
Churchill’s Wars: From The Age Of Empire To The Cold War IQ35820 20
Contemporary Civil-military Relations: Critical And Comparative Approaches IQ35420 20
Contemporary Us Foreign Policy IQ32220 20
Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320 20
Dissertation IP30040 40
Economic Diplomacy And Leadership IQ34320 20
European Security In The 21st Century IP33620 20
Fear, Cooperation And Trust In World Politics IQ32920 20
From Poor Law To Welfare State: Poverty And Welfare In Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
Germany Since 1945 HY39620 20
Global Inequality And World Politics IQ34120 20
Global Politics And The Refugee Regime IQ35520 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai To Salary Men HY39820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH34420 20
Nationalism In Theory And Practice IP39920 20
Political Theory IP32220 20
Refugee Simulation IQ35620 20
Russian Security In The 21st Century IP31820 20
Spies At War IQ31320 20
The Arab Israeli Wars IP31320 20
The Century Of The Superpowers And The Global Cold War IQ35220 20
The European Reformation HY36520 20
The Politics And Paradoxes Of International Organisations IQ36020 20
Uk Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ33820 20
Wales Under The Tudors WH33520 20
War Crimes IQ35720 20
Women And Global Development IP39620 20

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. 

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 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

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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