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Mode of Study

Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement


3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

Start date

September 2022

New course for 2023 applicants: BA (Hons) History and Politics

You can now apply for a new BA (Hons) History and Politics degree course, for September 2023 entry. The focus of this new degree is ‘changing the world’ –  which is reflected in bespoke, interdisciplinary modules exploring the interaction between political ideas and historical developments from 1750 to the present day.

You'll study both History and Politics in depth, focusing on key themes such as social movements, revolutions, activism and social justice.


There's no better place to combine a study of history with politics than in Portsmouth, a city where there are reminders of the past around every corner.

On this BA (Hons) History with Politics degree, you’ll explore the past and bring it to life, through practical study. You’ll pick the periods of time that interest you most in British and global history, and develop your research and analysis skills. You’ll also study the historic moments that have shaped our world and tackle the major issues facing people and politicians today.

After the course, you'll have sought-after qualities you can transfer to the workplace in roles that involve analysis, research, communication and teamwork. 

The University of Portsmouth is ranked the number 1 modern university for research quality in Area Studies

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Read more about our excellent research in Area Studies

Entry requirements

To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) History course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.

You’ll study History in depth and add Politics as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BA (Hons) History with Politics degree when you finish the course.

These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) History course. The new BA (Hons) History and Politics degree course (for 2023 entry) has the same entry requirements.

BA (Hons) History degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points, to include A level History or another relevant subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and the periods of history that excite you most
  • Have access to primary and secondary historical sources through local organisations and archive subscriptions
  • Increase your understanding of the seismic political events that have occurred in recent years, such as the conflict in Syria, the ongoing tension on the Korean peninsula and the challenges facing the NHS
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Explore the current political climate from a range of thought-provoking perspectives
  • Work with your peers and experienced academics to research and analyse various sources of conflict in the modern world, including poverty, the role of government and the limits of human rights
  • Enhance your studies by taking advantage of our close links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Records Service and the D-Day Museum
  • Explore current debates about the past and how it's interpreted, with expert scholars
  • Study in a city that has played a major role in the history of Britain

You can also:

  • Publish your work in our student journal, adding your insights to a wider audience
  • Diversify your skill set by learning another language as part of your course
  • Immerse yourself in another culture by studying abroad

Careers and opportunities

Employers from every area of industry value history and politics graduates. When you complete the course, you'll have the ability to analyse and manage large amounts of information, communicate effectively, research in groups or independently, and write in a concise and informative way.

What can you do with a History degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to pursue a role in areas such as:

  • journalism
  • law
  • teaching
  • politics
  • administration
  • the heritage sector
  • publishing
  • research for media production companies

What jobs can you do with a History degree?

Roles they've taken on include:

  • archivist
  • museum curator
  • public relations officer
  • information analyst
  • politician's assistant
  • public affair consultant
  • social researcher
  • conference producer
  • local government administrator

You could also continue your studies at Master's or PhD level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Culture & Conflict in Europe, 1450-2000 – 20 credits
  • Debating the Past: Historical Perspectives – 20 credits
  • Fragments of the Past: Understanding Sources and Bias – 20 credits
  • Going Global: Encounters & Exchanges, 1450-2000 – 20 credits
  • Thinking Like An Historian – 40 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Problems and Perspectives in Historiography – 20 credits
  • Working With the Past – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Danger! Censorship, Power and the People – 20 credits
  • Digital Cultures: Exploring the Digital in The Humanities and Social Sciences – 20 credits
  • Fear and Fun: Popular Culture And Elite Anxieties – 20 credits
  • Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • Rethinking Nazi Germany: Politics, History, Society – 20 credits
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World – 20 credits
  • Study Abroad – 60 credits
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900 – 20 credits
  • The Extraordinary and The Everyday: People, Places And Possessions – 20 credits

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project – 40 credits
  • History: Academic Enrichment Programme – 0 credits
  • Special Subject: Group Project 1 – 20 credits
  • Special Subject: Group Project 2 – 20 credits
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 1 – 20 credits
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 2 – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • articles reviews
  • briefing papers
  • projects
  • close textual analysis
  • group and individual presentations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

    We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

    Work experience and career planning

    To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

    We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV. Previous students have done projects for community groups and worked with political parties and local government.

    This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.


    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • lectures
    • workshops
    • seminars
    • one-on-one tutorials

    There's an emphasis on learning the skills to conduct your own research, follow your own initiative, and confidently present your ideas.

    How you'll spend your time

    One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

    We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

    We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BA Hons History with Politics degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 11 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

    Term dates

    The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

    See term dates

    Supporting your learning

    The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

    Personal tutor

    Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

    As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

    Learning development tutors

    You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

    They can help with:

    • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
    • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
    • Understanding and using assignment feedback
    • Managing your time and workload
    • Revision and exam techniques

    Academic skills support

    As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

    ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

    • academic writing
    • note taking
    • time management
    • critical thinking
    • presentation skills
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques

    If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

    Library support

    Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

    The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

    Support with English

    If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

    Course costs and funding

    Tuition fees

    • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £17,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

    You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

    Funding your studies

    Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

    Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

    Additional costs

    Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

    You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

    We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.


    If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

    These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.

    During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees.

    Tuition fees for that year are:

    • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

    The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.


    New course for 2023 applicants: BA (Hons) History and Politics

    You can now apply for a new BA (Hons) History and Politics degree course, for September 2023 entry. The focus of this new degree is ‘changing the world’ –  which is reflected in bespoke, interdisciplinary modules exploring the interaction between political ideas and historical developments from 1750 to the present day.

    You'll study both History and Politics in depth, focusing on key themes such as social movements, revolutions, activism and social justice.

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.