BA History and International Relations
|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD|
The BA History and International Relations course at Exeter takes you on a journey through the human race in historic times: our activities, ideas, creations, institutions and impact – teaching you to understand how the past has shaped the world we know today. By looking back at what has been, particularly world events that define key moments in time, we can draw conclusions and vital insight into the character and workings of world politics as they are now. In an ever-connected world, International Relations are developing at an exponential rate making this a fascinating area in which to focus your studies. As a Russel Group university, Exeter has a longstanding reputation in History and Politics, ranked in the top 100 worldwide for both subjects.
From the Medieval period through to the current day, history subject modules will cover a range or themes including; international, economic, cultural and social history across many different geographies like the Americas, parts of Asia, Britain and Europe. Students can experience and contribute to cutting-edge research through current work our expert faculty are undertaking in areas such as the history of Britain, continental Europe and on world and public history. With support from your tutors, you will learn essential skills like source evaluation and interpretation and historical writing to hone your talents as a historian. You are able to customise the course to suit your needs, by selecting optional modules that you’re passionate about. A number of modules focus specifically on international relations and perspectives including for example International Perspectives on Spanish Civil War, leadership during international crises and Child Soldiers in Africa.
This degree is aimed as providing a strong foundation in your understanding of international issues with the freedom to specialise in areas of specific interest to you such as transnational crime or globalisation. With a range of teaching methods including lectures, collaborative team working, lively debates and written assignments you will build the confidence to communicate effectively about a range of topics. In your first year you will focus on the political systems in place, theories surrounding global politics and building your skills base to analyse, interpret and challenge these. You will explore rich subject areas such as strategy and security, politics in the Middle East, European politics and comparative politics. By year two you will expand your knowledge through in depth study of foreign policy, conflict and development, environmental politics and the international relations of a world superpower like America.
During your studies, you’ll get to know Exeter, a city bursting with history and heritage that offers museums, art galleries and a wide range of historical architecture. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Exeter is the perfect place to study if you enjoy the outdoors.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The History and International Relations degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of historical and political theory and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.
The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the History website.
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
GCSE English Language grade B or 5.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
Your teaching will include lectures, tutorials and seminars, with a growing emphasis at each successive level on student-led learning.
We place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups (15-20 students), which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the third year much of your learning occurs in seminar groups led by a member of faculty on a specialised area of their research.
You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.
Teaching that is inspired by research ensures lectures are up-to-date and relevant and you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach final year options which are linked to their own interests which include the study of Middle East politics, comparative politics, public policy and administration, climate change and sustainability, ethno-politics, terrorism and security studies, electoral and political behaviour, and political theory.
You will be assessed through a variety of tasks, including essays, individual and small group presentations, projects and exams. You may also complete a dissertation and/or project work, including a work placement project. You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.
History graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market. Six months after graduation 96.3%* of our History graduates are employed or in further study.
Studying History at the University of Exeter provides you with skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers. Alongside in-depth subject knowledge you’ll develop skills in researching; analysing and assessing sources; written and verbal communication; managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. Our recent graduates have since secured positions in the Heritage and Arts sector, with organisations such as the National Trust and TVF Media.
Studying in History will also equip you with valuable skills for graduate-level work in other sectors. A degree in History provides good opportunities to develop skills that are attractive to many employers, such team work; problem solving and organisational skills. Our recent History graduates have pursued careers in:
- Retail Management
- Finance and Accounting
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
- MA Conflict, Security and Development
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MA English Literary Studies
- MA History
- MSC International Management
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.
*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.