Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VL12
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Politics History

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Undergraduate Admissions Manager
Department of History
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2552

Department of History

Top 5 in the UK for History
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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.

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.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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 an A in History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, typically including an A in History + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, typically including A in History + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DD in a relevant subject, typically in combination with grade 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

Department of Politics and International Relations 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
Land of Liberty? Rights in the USA, 1776-2016
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
The Making of the Twentieth Century

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
Asian Britain: Travel, Migration, Diaspora
Contemporary Security Challenges
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain, 1850 to Present
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Holy Russia, Soviet Empire: Nation, Religion, and Identity in the 20th Century
Human Rights, Power and Politics
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
International Relations Theory
Life Worth Living
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Oppression and Resistance
Political Theory in Practice
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Easter Rising: Living, Fighting and Dying in 1916
The Export of England: Seventeenth Century Trade and Empire
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The Gunpowder Plot
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Left: Past, Present & Future
The Medieval Inquisition
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
Trumpism: An American Biography
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats and Revolutionaries 1830-1886
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Capitalism and Identity in 19th-century Britain
Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain
Dissertation in Politics
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74
Popes, Caliphs, Emperors, 1095-1229
Slavery in the American South, 1789-
The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1651
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The World of Intoxicants in Early Modern England
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
A Comparative History of Revolution
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Britain and the European Union
Britain in the Global Economy
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Corporations in Global Politics: Possibilities, Tensions, and Ambiguities
Framing Politics? Economic Ideas as Political Weapons
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Political Psychology: The Personal Side of Politics
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Practical Politics: How to Make Policy and Influence People
Research Project 1
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
Short Dissertation
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Family
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Politics of Security
The Uses of History
Water, Climate, Energy

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

As a History student at Sheffield, you'll develop your understanding of the past in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our internationally renowned tutors offer modules spanning four thousand years and criss-crossing continents - allowing you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the ancient period to the modern day and across the globe.

You can tailor your course to suit you, discovering the areas of History that most inspire you most while preparing for the future you want with opportunities like studying abroad, work placements and volunteering.

Department of History website

Department of Politics and International Relations

We are proud to be one of the UK's leading departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations.

We have over 50 specialists in the key areas of politics and international relations working at the cutting edge of the discipline on issues such as: Brexit, transgender politics, animal rights, environmentalism, populism and Middle East Politics. This research directly shapes and inspires what you're taught on all levels of our programmes.

- First department to pioneer the 'Parliamentary Studies' undergraduate module that's accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons.

- Our politics and international relations courses have been ranked 7th in the UK for 2020 - The Complete University Guide

Department of Politics and International Relations website

What our graduates do

Our History graduates are highly skilled in research, critical reasoning and communication. You'll be able to think and write coherently, to put specific matters in a broader context, and to summarise complex ideas in a discerning and creative way.

Our graduates have gone on to become successful lawyers, marketing executives, civil servants, accountants, management consultants, university lecturers, archivists, librarians and workers in museums, tourism and the heritage industry.

So, however you choose to use your degree, the combination of academic excellence and personal skills developed and demonstrated on your course will make you stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate world.

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 and International Relations

There are lots of opportunities to get work experience, with hands-on projects integrated into several of our academic modules.
Alternatively, you can undertake a placement with a heritage or culture organisation, or join our student-led volunteering organisations History in the City and take part in activities that bring history to new audiences within the local. All of these experiences will help you build a compelling CV.
You can also study our 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.

Study abroad
There are opportunities to study abroad for a semester or a year, as part of a three or four-year degree programme. We have exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore and throughout Europe.

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