Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VL12
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Politics History

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Department of History
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Department of History

Top 5 in the UK for History
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

3rd in the UK for world-leading research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Contemporary politics and political theory, particularly in Britain and Europe, is complemented by the study of social and cultural themes in history.

First-year modules include: Introduction to Political Analysis, Comparing Modern Polities, The Globalisation of World Politics and Paths from Antiquity to Modernity. In the second and third years you can take optional modules in areas that interest you. There's also a project module.

Throughout the three years, you'll write reports and essays, give presentations and work on projects.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB, typically including History + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject typically in combination with A in A Level History
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 typically including D3 in History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A typically in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA typically including History or Classical Civilisation
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of History website

Course information on Department of Politics website

First year

Core modules:

Analysing Politics
History Workshop

Optional modules:

British Politics
Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The Disenchantment of Early Modern Europe
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of the United Kingdom, 1800 to the Present

Second year

Core modules:

Historians and History
Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Appeasement, the Munich Crisis and the British People
Autocracies and Democracies
Contemporary Security Challenges
Culture in Early Modern Europe
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
Empire, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Europe
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
From the Pharaohs to Alexander the Great: The Battle for the Ancient World
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Human Rights, Power and Politics
International Relations Theory
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Oppression and Resistance
Political Theory in Practice
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Revolution, Reform and Crusade in 11th-c. Europe
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Social Crisis and Political Change in England, 1550-1640
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Irish Republican Brotherhood, 1858-85
The Left: Past, Present & Future
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Medieval Inquisition
The Myth of Venice
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
Trumpism: An American Biography
Two Germanys, `One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
A Comparative History of Revolution
A twelfth-century Renaissance?
A twelfth-century Renaissance?
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence I
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence II
Britain and the European Union
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Corporations in Global Politics: Possibilities, Tensions, and Ambiguities
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Ending the Cold War
Ending the Cold War
Framing Politics? Economic Ideas as Political Weapons
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Hunger in the Global North
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Liberalism and its Critics
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Money, Power and Society
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Research Project 1
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
Short Dissertation
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 I
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 II
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry I
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry II
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Political Economy of Africa
The Political Economy of Social Policy
The Politics of Security
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The Uses of History
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity I
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity II
War, Peace and Justice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 11%
Independent study 89%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 27%
Coursework 69%
Practical 4%

Department of History

Study with us and you'll get a taste of hands-on history, with practical experience and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

Our courses are about opening your eyes to the world and all its possibilities. Whatever your chosen career, we can help you develop the intellectual skills you'll need to succeed.

There's a maximum of 12 people in your seminars during the first year- so you'll get to share ideas in a close and supportive environment. When it comes to doing your dissertation, you'll have individual support from one of your tutors. You'll build a close working relationship with your personal tutor who will help you to settle in and reach your full potential.

Department of History website

Department of Politics

We're one of the UK's top departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations.

We have over 50 academic staff working at the cutting edge of the discipline, doing ground-breaking research on a huge range of topics. This research directly shapes and inspires what you're taught. You'll have the opportunity to learn from lecturers, who use innovative teaching to bring politics to life.

Department of Politics website

What our graduates do

History graduates are highly skilled and readily employable. Our students become history teachers, accountants and consultants, civil servants, lawyers, museum curators, archivists and journalists. Many also continue to masters or doctorate level.

Companies that have employed our graduates include Accenture, Ernst and Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DLA Piper. You'll also find our graduates in organisations ranging from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Imperial War Museum and the National Archives, to BBC online and The Guardian.

Student profile

"I came on an Open Day and fell in love with this University and Sheffield. This department is always quite good in the league tables so it's a great place to do history."

Sarah Bramham

"The most exciting thing I've learnt about so far was where we did a module which compared the political systems of the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and Brazil."

Jonathan Guy
Department of Politics

You can study courses with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you’ll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

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