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Brunel University London

Politics and History

UCAS Code: LVG1

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in a relevant subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

M2,M2,M2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in a relevant subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

in a relevant subject

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

History

Politics

Brunel is ranked 7th in London for both Politics and History (The Complete University Guide, 2019). About the course Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? If these questions excite you and provoke another torrent of questions in turn, youre looking in the right area for your degree course. This degree is a dynamic combination of high-level study in both politics and history. As well as gaining a firm understanding of the key political institutions and players influencing contemporary issues both domestically and internationally, you will study complementary courses in history, spanning the 17th to the 20th century in many different parts of the world. For all the high level contacts and influence, our department is perhaps most importantly known for its friendly accessibility and the genuine sense of community between academics and students. In addition to our Politics, History and International Politics programmes we offer joint honours in the following areas giving you the chance to tailor your studies: Politics and Sociology BSc.Special features You will have access to some of the best research facilities in the UK. Westminster and Whitehall are within easy reach. We have good links with key political figures and institutions. You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of several European universities and participate in an exchange programme in China. You will be able to take advantage of the Universitys exchange scheme with the State University of New York at Brockport. This includes optional work placement in Washington or Albany. We also have partnerships with EU universities in the Socrates programme, including the universities of Rennes, Stuttgart, Malta, Cyprus, Ireland and Helsinki (subject to change). Our courses are designed and taught by nationally and internationally acclaimed experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history.Teaching and learning You will be taught mainly in lectures and seminars and assessed on a combination of coursework and exams. Most of your time will be spent in private study. At the end of your course you will produce a final dissertation on a subject of your choice. This is a major piece of work, undertaken with the support and supervision of a dissertation tutor. Its a great opportunity to demonstrate your research and writing skills. Your choice of subject will be relevant to your course of study and may well relate to your future career plans. Employability A major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. Some graduates, 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 Manhattan, Marks and Spencer, British Airways, Coca Cola Schweppes, HSBC, and the NHS Confederation. Significant numbers have taken further training to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, law, and teaching at every level. A degree in history equips you for work as a researcher, teacher or librarian, as well as for careers in the museum and heritage sectors, in NGOs and government agencies, the civil service etc. Past students have also gained employment in company management, business, consultancy and law practice. Opt for a sandwich degree and youll gain work experience to complement your academic studies in a way that is highly valued by employers.

Modules

Typical modules in year 1

Political Science Methods,

Central Themes in Political Thought,

Modern British Politics,

What is History?,

Revolution, Liberty & the Origins of American Democracy,

Capital, Labour & Power: Britain, 1707-1939,

History, Memory & Culture in Europe since 1789,

The Making of the Modern World, Migration & the Settler World, 1600-1914.

Typical modules in year 2

Democracy & Democratisation,

Comparative Political Institutions,

Historians & their Craft,

US Foreign Policy from World War 2 to the End of the Cold War,

Issues in American Politics,

Political Geography,

The State & Revolution,

The First World War - Causes, Course, Consequences, Australia & The Modern World,

Themes in the History of Modern Africa.

Typical modules in year 3

Dissertation,

European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects,

Psychogeography,

The Arab-Israeli Conflict,

Monstrosity in Political Thought & Literature, 1500-1900.

Please visit our website for full course details.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Social and Political Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
History

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Politics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Other administrative occupations
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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