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International History and Politics BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: VL22

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This unique, integrated single honours degree focuses on the modern and contemporary history of world affairs from the late nineteenth century to today. Covering themes such as diplomacy, security, intelligence, international organisations and transnational questions, it will give you valuable context to understand the complex relations between states and non-state actors today.

It’s a great opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of the most modern international and transnational history, and international politics. With the support of expert tutors and access to excellent facilities, you’ll also gain the skills that are most valuable to employers.

Compulsory modules will give you a good grounding in key periods and themes, as well as useful historical skills. You’ll also learn about different perspectives on international politics. Meanwhile, you can tailor your degree to suit your own interests by choosing from a range of optional modules that spans the globe.

Specialist resources

Leeds has excellent resources for historians, including a wealth of archive material and political documents. The University Library's Special Collections include the Leeds Russian Archive, a resource for the study of Anglo-Russian relations into the 20th century and the Liddle Collection of personal papers from thousands of people who lived through the First and Second World Wars.

Papers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and extensive correspondence from political figures from around the world are also held in the Special Collections. The University Library offers full training to help you make the most of our resources.

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Course content

Introductory modules in international history and politics will give you a firm foundation during your first year, as we help you adjust to university study. You’ll also be free to choose from a variety of discovery modules within and outside the School to start building a broader knowledge base.

In Year 2 you’ll build on this understanding by choosing from a range of optional modules to suit your specific interests, whether they focus on imperial Germany, the Cold War or the Arab-Israeli conflict. You’ll also practise your research skills in a long essay on a topic of your choice in international history and politics.

All of this will help to prepare you for your final year, when you’ll continue to choose from optional modules spanning topics such as genocide, refugee crises and European security. You’ll also apply what you’ve learned and focus heavily on as special subject such as Nazi Germany, transnational war volunteers or the British secret services, while researching a topic of your choice for your dissertation.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Skills and Concepts in International History 20 credits
International History, 1919-1989: Conflict, Co-operation and Change 20 credits
Consensus and Contention: Investigations in International History 20 credits
Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits
International Politics 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Documents and Debates in International History 20 credits
International History and Politics Long Essay 20 credits

Optional modules

Imperial Germany 1871-1918 20 credits
Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform 20 credits
History Students in Schools 20 credits
History on the High Street 20 credits
History in the Media 20 credits
Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits
From World War to Vietnam War, 1945-75 20 credits
From the Cold War to the War on Terror, 1976-2008 20 credits
From Versailles to Potsdam: Conferences, Crises and Conflicts, 1919-45 20 credits
The Arab-Israeli Conflict 20 credits
Western Military Intervention since 1945 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

IHP Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

Thinking about History 20 credits
History in the Media 20 credits
Europe in an Age of Total Warfare 40 credits
Alliance Without Backbone: Germany, its Allies and Satellites Before and During World War Two 40 credits
From Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational War Volunteers 40 credits
Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-59 40 credits
'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World 20 credits
Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-55 20 credits
The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-1991 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International History and Politics BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of different teaching and learning styles. They include lectures from our expert lecturers, as well as seminars and group work. Independent study is also an important element of the degree, as you build your research and critical skills by reading widely. At Leeds, we have a wealth of resources for you to explore as you become an independent learner.


Depending on the modules you choose, you may be assessed using a variety of methods. These will largely include exams and essays, but some modules may also use oral presentations, group work or other methods. We offer plenty of support, and there are extra classes on topics such as public speaking, exam technique and structuring essays if you need them.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including History if taken, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. 15 credits at level 3 at Distinction must be in History. An interview and a piece of written work are required.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, M1 including D3 in History

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in History

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA in Advanced Highers including an A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers History and AAABB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in History

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level (including A in History, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in History if taken (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of History Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of History Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree as wide-ranging and demanding as International History and Politics will equip you with a combination of specialist subject knowledge and valuable skills to build a career in many different sectors.

You’ll be able to think critically about information from a range of sources to form your own conclusions. You’ll also be able to present them clearly, either verbally or in writing. As a motivated, independent learner, you’ll have organisational, time management and research skills that will really appeal to employers.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in careers as diverse as diplomacy, international finance and investment, journalism, the civil service, law, education and even the Armed Forces.

Read more about Graduate destinations

The School of History is committed to helping you reach your goals. Student-run career groups allow you to meet other students with similar plans, while you could also become a peer mentor or apply for one of our paid internships. We offer career-related modules to help you develop your employability or explore your options.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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