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BA (Hons) Politics and Contemporary History


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


Student view

Jonathan Pugh
Politics & Contemporary History student
I like studying Politics & Contemporary history at Chichester because combining the two adds new dimensions to my understanding of both, and the relatively small classrooms allows for a more personal academic experience.

Course content

With this degree, you will develop your awareness of how our contemporary society, culture and politics have been shaped by historical events and political processes. We draw on developments from the late-nineteenth century to analyse contemporary politics, as well as social, economic and cultural trends. 

The BA (Hons) in Politics and Contemporary History offers students who want to focus on very modern history and politics the perfect opportunity to develop their interests. It provides a range of twentieth and twenty-first century political history modules alongside Politics modules. The course is further enriched by visiting guest speakers working in think tanks, security, international and non-governmental organisations, and the media. It is also supported by study visits to leading international and European political institutions, for example, the United Nations in Geneva, and the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels.

This specialised degree will provide you with an exclusive focus on the history and politics of the 20th and 21st centuries. It provides students who are passionate about both history and politics with the chance to focus in depth on British, European, American and African experiences. The specific focus of the degree will facilitate your detailed knowledge and critical analysis of the developments and concepts that are shaping the present day, from human rights to the politics of digital and visual culture. Staff research specialisms on British, European and international contemporary history and politics will inform your learning experience.

The degree therefore provides a vibrant curriculum through which to analyse recent historical trends and political experiences. Knowledge of the past helps students better appreciate present day political decision making, while Politics offers the modern historian new models to help create a plausible explanation of the past.

In addition to the rich array of politics and contemporary history modules, students are supported with specialist research training, and are allocated academic advisors who will assist them throughout their 3 years of full-time study. International guest speakers provide a fascinating addition that brings the world of politics and modern history directly into the campus lecture room. Study visits to political organizations add a further opportunity for learning, as does the option to take up a semester of study abroad at such partner institutions like the University of Leuven in Belgium or the University of Cadiz in Spain.

This degree explores the modern world, its society, people and the politics that shape it. It analyses political concepts such as the state, ideologies, propaganda and communication, by situating them in historical context. It is therefore a single honours degree for all those who are fascinated by modern/contemporary history or who are politics fanatics who thrive on understanding how decisions are made, contested and debated. Its geographical focus includes Britain, Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Its themes are political organizations, political parties, institutions, ideologies and theories situated in recent historical context. In addition, staff research specialisms include War, Political Culture and Communication, Migration and Society, International Relations, and Security Studies.

For more information, read our latest Humanities brochure.

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Where this can take you

This degree’s specialist focus on Politics, both from a real world and an academic perspective, is particularly useful for careers in the Civil Service, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Defence and Security, Public Administration, Law and Business, as well as for postgraduate research. 

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

  • MA Cultural History
  • PGCE
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. As such, we offer an extensive range of study abroad opportunities. You will have the chance to take one semester of your Politics programme outside of the UK. Our long-term associations with university partners in Europe, the USA, and Canada mean that we’re well placed to offer you a further international dimension to your undergraduate experience.

Indicative modules

Year One

  • War and Peace: Twentieth-Century Europe and Global Conflict
  • Research in Politics and International Relations
  • Introduction to International Relations Theory and Practice
  • Modern and Contemporary British History
  • Rethinking History
  • The United States: An Introduction, 1763-the present
  • Thatcherism and After
  • International Relations
  • Russia and China: An Introduction to ‘Post-Communism’

Year Two

  • Approaches to Research
  • Oral History
  • Work Placement: Work Experience and Professional Development
  • From the ‘Angry Young Men’ to ‘Cool Britannia’: A Historical Analysis of British Cultural Activity after 1945
  • Fascism and Post-Fascism in Europe
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations I: Global Security Challenges
  • Ideologies, Politics, Culture
  • Britain and Europe: Brexit - Before, During and After
  • Identity and Conflict in Russia and Eurasia
  • Enlightenment Europe, 1688-1789
  • Popes and Politics
  • Environment and State in Britain since 1945
  • Re-litigating the Past: State, Media and Historical Injustice in Contemporary Britain
  • Saints or Sinners
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Writing Lives
  • Study Visits 
  • Exchange/Study Abroad option (semester or a year-long) 

Year Three

  • Dissertation (History or Politics)
  • Dictatorship, Conformity and Resistance in Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy and Stalin’s Russia
  • British Culture Wars
  • Pan-Africanism
  • A Global History of the Cold War and its Ongoing Legacy
  • Nationalism and National Populism in Contemporary Politics
  • The Politics of East Asia
  • International Law
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations II: Climate Change and Activism
  • Environment, Writing and Ecocriticism
  • Globalization and Its Malcontents
  • International Diplomacy, Sustainable Growth and Cultural Heritage
  • France and the Modern World

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning. During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge. Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

Additional Costs

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Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.

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