The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and History

Why choose this course?

The course aims to provide students with a knowledge of the major theoretical debates and ideological traditions within Politics, different and competing interpretations of the study of History and the opportunity to apply this learning through case-studies of aspects of social and political history.

What happens on the course?

At level 1 students focus upon the methodological traditions associated with political studies and the evolution of British politics and the competing traditions of historical explanation.

At level 2 there is the opportunity to study the principal political ideologies and the international community of political citizenship and co-operation and to study the history of political conflict in selected regions, including Ireland, Spain and aspects of the Second World War.

At level 3 students will study in greater depth the dominant schools and traditions in political theory and have a choice of other area studies and aspects of social history. Students will engage in a piece of independent study which typically involves the integration of theoretical and empirical material as a case-study or can take the form of a project in association with an external organisation.

Why Wolverhampton?

The History and Politics subject teams have strong research traditions and have contributed successfully to successive Research Assessment Exercises. The majority of the modules offered are underpinned by the research of the tutors involved.

The School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, in which History and Politics are based, has robust systems of student support, including the provision of `one to one’ study skills and academic counselling support.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For History:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules ..... and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level." ... (...)

"In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work".

"In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

What our students think

A recent Politics graduate who is now a PhD student stated: `My time at Wolverhampton University as a student of Politics was a most constructive and enjoyable one both from an academic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. Academically the modules offered me a first-class education delivered by very competent and dedicated lecturers.’

Career path

Students graduating in Politics and History have accessed the School’s own Masters courses in cognate subjects, including the current Conflict Studies provision and the prior History MA. In recent years two History graduates of the School have successfully completed PhDs at Wolverhampton University. Teaching, archival work and local government are common destinations of graduates in these subject areas.

What skills will you gain?

On the completion of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  • a critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past, the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to History, and the multiplicity of sources available to the historian;
  • an understanding of the similarity and differences, the interconnections and disconnections, between the methodological and ideological traditions of the two subjects
  • the use of appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways to support historical and political research, process data and produce written work and presentational material;
  • an awareness of the way concepts such as national and other forms of identity are mutable and vary across time and space and apply this in an inclusive approach to citizenship.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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