Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This degree is a dynamic combination of high'level study in both politics and history. As well as gaining a firm understanding of the key political institutions and players influencing contemporary issues both domestically and internationally, you will study complementary courses in history, spanning the 17th to the 20th century in many different parts of the world.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: political science methods; central themes in political thought; modern British politics; what is history? Options: revolution, liberty and the origins of American democracy; capital labour and power: Britain 1707'1939; history, memory and culture in Europe since 1789; the making of the modern world; migration and the settler world 1600'1914. Level 2 Core: Comparative politics; historians and their craft. Options: Asia'Pacific international relations: modern east'west encounters; democracy and democratisation; international relations; issues in American politics; US foreign policy: World War II to the end of the cold war; the holocaust; total war in the modern era; the birth of the industrial Britain. 1750'1850; slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world. Level 3 Core: dissertation (this may be taken in politics, or jointly between politics and history); European Union politics; problems and prospects. Options: The Arab'Israeli conflict; globalisation and governance; empire, imperialism, hegemony; India and the world: the international relations of a rising power; media, power and politics in America; marx and Marxism; parties and voters in the UK; intelligence and national security; theory and practice of cultural diversity; fascism; the second world war; the history and politics of heritage; history, travel and the sea; rethinking modern Europe: borders, nations and identities since 1850.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 30
  • GCE A-level BBB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • IELTS 6.5
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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96% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 94%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 96%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 70
Studying 10
Studying and working 10
Unemployed 5
Unknown 0

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 34%

Total Coursework: 66%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation