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 in the 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 will be given the opportunity to develop 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 modules including ‘From the Medieval to the Modern: History and Historians’ and ‘Politics in the Modern World’, you will move on to modules such as; ‘Peace Studies in Action, and ‘International Relations, Security and Sustainability’ in your second year.
You will complete your degree following final-year modules that include the ‘Politics of Global Danger’; ‘Britain in the World’; ‘Africa and Global Politics’, and ‘Islamic Politics’.
- Chinese Studies and History : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Economics, Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy (Placement Year) : 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 (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- History and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Law with Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies : BA Hons
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : 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 Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics, International Relations and Management : BSc Hons
- Politics, Religion and Values : BA Hons
- Politics, Religion and Values (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- From Great War to Total War?
- 'Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World'
- 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.)
- China's International Relations
- Exploring Key Economic Issues: Economics for the Real World II
- Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
- International Relations and Politics of the Asia Pacific
- International Relations, Security and Sustainability
- New World Order 1919-1939
- On the Edge of Empire: Being Roman in Britain
- Peace Studies in Action
- Politics and History of the Middle East
- Politics of Development and Global Changes
- Russian International Politics
- The Politics of Development: Latin America
- The Politics of Race
- Three Colours, One Flag, One Empire: the French Colonial World, 1791-1962
- Trying and Failing to Rule the World: Imperialism and Society in the Roman Empire
- Understanding Key Economic Concepts: Economics for the Real World I
- Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony
- Africa and Global Politics
- Britain in the World
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Dissertation with external collaboration
- Dissertation with field studies
- International Political Economy of Globalization
- Islamic Politics
- Politics of Cultural Diversity
- Politics of Global Danger
- PPR in India
- Religion and politics
- Religion and Violence
- Special Subject: Complexity, Pragmatism and Policy
- Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, 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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As a graduate of History and International Relations you may be interested in careers such as teaching, journalism, local government, law, retail management, museums and heritage, civil Service, international charities and international business. Many also progress to postgraduate study with Lancaster, continuing into research and teaching. We will help you determine your direction and aim to support you in getting there. We do this by offering subject-specific support from academic tutors and careers advisers.
We are home to the Richardson Institute, which undertakes peace and conflict research. In recent years, the Institute has offered around 60 internships per year for students to undertake research projects for external organisations. You can also apply for internships as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Internship Scheme. Past employers have included Carnegie Publishing, The Dukes Theatre, and the Ethical Consumer Research Association, with roles ranging from marketing and PR to specific research projects with heritage or humanitarian organisations.
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.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2021/22 are:
Tuition fees for programmes are set annually for all new and continuing students. If you are studying on a course of more than one year's duration, the fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Such increases are normally calculated based on increases in the costs incurred by the institution, or in relation to UK government regulations which set the maximum fee for certain categories of student.
For the majority of undergraduate students, the most recent annual increase was 2.8%. Any change in fee rates will be communicated to students and applicants prior to the start of the academic year in question, and normally at least eight months prior to enrolment. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.
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.