History and Politics explores how historical events directly influence global politics. You will learn about British and European politics as well as medieval, early modern and modern history, through subjects including women’s history and gender, public history and heritage.
Studying this three-year BA degree course opens up a range of exciting career opportunities by helping you develop skills, which are highly valued by employers.
94% of our History graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education 2015).
WHY HISTORY AND POLITICS AT SWANSEA?
Based at our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, our History and Politics course at Swansea University is highly regarded by students and employers:
- History research is ranked in the Top 30 (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has 93% Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017)
- Politics is ranked Top-10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018), Top-20 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and Top-20 for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018)
- In your third year you can choose a ‘special subject’ module focussing on a topic and culminating in an dissertation
- Study a Parliamentary Studies module which includes sessions with members of parliament and the House of Lords. Staff from the Houses of Parliament will deliver some classes and be available to act as project advisors if you take the follow on dissertation
- Choose a level 3 module The National Assembly for Wales Internship. You will work for one morning a week in your first semester at the National Assembly in Cardiff
- You’ll be taught by History research and teaching experts with strong national and international links, who specialise in the medieval, early modern and modern history of the UK, Europe and the world.
You have the option of a semester abroad in your second year. You can choose to go East and study in Hong Kong, China or Singapore or West and study in North America.
If you prefer to stay closer to home, and you want to enhance your student experience and career prospects, The Swansea University Work Placement Programmes offer three work place programmes: Week of Work (WOW); Swansea paid Internship Programme (SPIN) and Santander Universities Funded Placements.
You can also link up with the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA). It provides a network connecting students with employers.
YOUR HISTORY AND POLITICS EXPERIENCE
During your three-year History and Politics course you will have an academic mentor for any pastoral and academic support you may need, and The Society of Ancient Studies and History student society organises social and cultural events.
We offer varied and flexible course content and you can tailor your degree to your own interests with a variety of topics to choose from. Politics modules include conflict and peace, democracy, politics, philosophy, international relations, international security, public policy and political economy
HISTORY AND POLITICS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
91% of Politics graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DHLE 2015)
Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will also learn to develop your ideas in a wide range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Our graduates are truly international and enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:
- Government and Politics
- Media and Public Relations
- Heritage and Museums
- Business and Management
- Law and Public Services