This degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study of both politics and history. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players which form a framework to understanding contemporary issues, you will study complementary courses in history, which span from the 17th to the 20th centuries and cover a wide range of geographical locations.
A major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. Not surprisingly, Brunel's politics graduates have gone on to important careers in public and private life.
Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some, like Margaret McDonagh or John McDonnell MP, opt for careers in politics. Others have joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, GCHQ and military intelligence. Many have gone on to work in public and private sector organisations, such as Chase Manhatten, Marks and Spencer, British Airways, Coca Cola Schweppes, HSBC, and NHS Confederation. Significant numbers have taken further training to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, law, and teaching at every level.
This degree draws on the skills and expertise of all the disciplines that make up the Department of Politics, History and Law. In addition to the Politics half of the course, and the writing of a dissertation at Level 3, you will take modules in historiography and historical skills, and select modules covering a wide variety of historical periods and substantive themes.
Please note that module availability is subject to change.
Level 1 Core
Level 1 Options
Level 2 Core
Level 2 Options
Level 3 Core
Final year dissertationStudents produce a 12,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. This major piece of work will give you a valuable opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills. It is written on a subject relevant to your particular course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92
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GCE A-level AAB ABB. Typical offer AAB, including Grade B in A-level History or a related subject
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D in a related subject
BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D in a related subject with an A-level at grade A.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AA.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 35 points, including Higher Level 5 in History or related subject
Access to Higher EducationDiploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
English Language Requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.