What Will You Study
Lancaster’s History and International Relations degree is taught jointly between our Department of History and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. It gives you the opportunity to build an in-depth knowledge of both subjects, learning from scholars who are experts in their field.
Your degree scheme concentrates on the history of international politics since 1780 and introduces you to various theoretical understandings of the modern world. You’ll gain a stronger understanding of the influence of History and International Relations on each other, while engaging with topics such as diplomacy, terrorism, religious conflict and human rights.
Beginning with courses including From the Medieval to the Modern: History and Historians and Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World, you’ll move on to subjects such as Ethics: Theory and Practice; Modern Political Thought, and Introduction to Peace Studies in your second year. You’ll complete your degree following final-year modules that include the Politics of Global Danger; Britain in the World; US Foreign Policy since 1945; Africa and Global Politics, and Islamic Politics.
- Economics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Economics and Politics : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- History : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- International Management in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- International Relations in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Law with Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Politics, International Relations and Management : BSc Hons
- Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- From Ancient to Modern: History and Historians
- Politics and International Relations in the Contemporary World
- 'Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World'
- Brave New Worlds? Modernisms and Modernities
- From Great War to Total War?
- Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800
- The Fall of Rome
- Athens, Sparta and Alexander the Great, 403-31 BC
- Athens, Sparta and the Greek World (c. 800-404 B.C.)
- Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East
- Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- International Relations and Security
- Introduction to Peace Studies
- New World Order 1919-1939
- The Dutch Republic, 1560-1700: rogue traders and global middlemen.
- The Politics of Development
- The Politics of the European Union
- The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policies
- Three Colours, One Flag, One Empire: the French Colonial World, 1791-1962
- Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony
- Africa and Global Politics
- Britain in the World
- China in the Modern World
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Dissertation with external collaboration
- Dissertation with field studies
- Europe's Age of Extremes (1914-45): Film and Memory
- Exploring the Persian Gulf
- International Political Economy of Globalization
- Islamic Politics
- Politics of Cultural Diversity
- Politics of Global Danger
- PPR in Education
- PPR in India
- Religion and Violence
- Stalinism: From its Origins to its Shadows
- The Politics of Global Borders (Special Subject)
- Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
- US Foreign Policy since 1945
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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The strong research, analysis and writing skills you develop during your studies will create pathways to a wide range of careers in many different sectors.
Our graduates often enter into careers within education, business management, the Civil Service, politics, publishing, tourism, heritage and the media.
Many also progress to postgraduate study with Lancaster, continuing into research and teaching.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Optional field trips may be offered on this course for which students will be required to pay their travel costs
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.