History and Politics - BA (Hons)

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History and Politics at Kent will allow you to find your own critical voice. You'll explore challenging questions about the impact of political, social and cultural change on class, gender, race, injustice and power, and discover how historical and political understanding can illuminate the modern world.

Overview

In the ancient city of Canterbury you'll meet history face-to-face and learn from world-leading academics who help to sharpen your skills of analysis, argument and communication.

You'll explore how human society works now, and how it has worked in the past. You'll discuss ideas such as freedom and democracy, and the factors that have shaped society and culture around the world over time. You'll graduate with the knowledge and the skills to play your part in tackling some of the world’s most important problems.

Why study History and Politics at Kent?

  • History at Kent was ranked 1st for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2023
  • 86% of Politics students at Kent who completed the National Student Survey 2022 agreed the course provides them with the chance to bring together information and ideas from different topics. Join an open-minded community to drive your ambition
  • Get career-ready with a course that opens doors to a wide range of opportunities. Meet our History and Politics alumni and find out where their degrees have taken them
  • World-leading experts: study alongside leading academics whose work covers the medieval era to the present day and who advise governments around the world
  • Expand your horizons: spend a year or term abroad as part of your course, or boost your CV by spending a year working in industry.

Have you considered Ancient History or Military History?

What our students say

“The lecturers bring the subject to life. When I studied Jack the Ripper in a module on Victorian Britain, we actually went to a surgical room in London to see how the Victorians would have investigated the murders.”

Brooke Huxter, BA History

What you’ll study

You'll have the freedom to explore your subject and tailor your studies to the times and themes you find most fascinating. You discover topics from the Crusades to the Cold War, and explore the challenges facing the world today, from from terrorism to the impact of the pandemic on politics, and political polarisation.

See the modules you'll study

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB including History, Classics-Ancient History or Classics-Classical Civilisation grade B

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    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit plus A Level History or Classics at Grade B

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL including History 5 at HL or 6 at SL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

The modules below are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC
  • Home part-time TBC
  • International part-time TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs associated with this course. All textbooks are available from the library, although some students prefer to purchase their own.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

For programme aims and learning outcomes, please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection:

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates find employment in a range of fields, such as:

  • journalism and the media
  • management and administration
  • practical politics
  • non-governmental organisations
  • local and national civil services
  • the museums and heritage sector
  • commerce and banking
  • international business
  • teaching and research
  • law.

Help finding a job

Both the School of History and the School of Politics and International Relations run employability sessions and workshops to help you hone your job-hunting skills.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside your subject-specific knowledge and skills, you learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for History and Politics - BA (Hons)

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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