BA History and International Relations

UCAS code VLF2
Duration 3 Years
Typical offer AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
Discipline
  • History
  • Politics and International Relations
Location Cornwall (Penryn Campus)

Overview

US field trip

Optional field trip to the United States where you’ll gain insight into the latest global issues and a first-hand perspective on the American political system. Find out more.

The BA History and International Relations course at our state-of-the-art eco campus in Cornwall 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.

Set in 100 acres of countryside and located close to the coastal town of Falmouth, Penryn offers a unique university experience backed by the weight of 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.

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. 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. You will have the chance to specialise in an issue or region, and choose modules that include the Arab-Israeli conflict; authoritarianism; extremism and populism; decline and fall of empire; American politics; imperialism; race; gender; protest; security and intelligence; foreign policy; and political psychology. You will have the opportunity to participate in a US field trip where you will gain a first-hand perspective on these topics from the perspective of a global superpower.

The BA History and International Relations degree at our Penryn campus is progressive, allowing you to build a programme that’s right for you. You can choose to study abroad by working with our international partner universities, studying a different language and specialising in new areas. Our students are currently in Australia, the Netherlands, Japan and the US amongst other places. You can also choose to spend a year working in the industry to learn valuable experience and skills that will help you secure a job straight after you graduate. 

Programme variations

Programme structure

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.

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Entry requirements 2019

Typical offer

AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM

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

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

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

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.

Further information

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

History at Penryn is made up of a distinct collective of leading scholars who are drawn together by the interdisciplinary nature of their research and teaching. Research interests are varied but share an interest in the historical roots of issues which continue to resonate today. We focus on using history to understand the challenges posed by globalisation, ethnic conflict, scientific and environmental change. We are a modern department, focused on history from 1500 onwards, and have particular expertise in Cornish history, culture, memory and heritage, oral history and party politics, environmentalism and environmental politics, the First World War and 19th-20th century North American History.

A key characteristic of History at Penryn is our emphasis on public history. We encourage you to critically reflect on the purposes – both intended and unintended – of history and engage with the broad range of ways in which the public interact with history.

The educational experience in Cornwall, with its intimate, small-group teaching and close contact with academics, is incredibly well-suited to studying history. Emphasis is on innovative learning and teaching in a flexible, personal atmosphere and this is reflected in our outstanding ratings in the National Student Survey. 

Careers

Our degree in History and International Relations is especially relevant for those wishing to pursue a career in government (ie, the Foreign Office, intelligence agencies, diplomatic services); not-for-profit organisations; international law; the Civil Service; international organisations (ie, UN, EU); political analysis; and further study.

History graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market.

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:

  • TV
  • Education
  • Retail Management
  • Recruitment
  • Charities
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Journalism

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
  • PGCE

Careerzone

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. 

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Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

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Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the History website