History and International Relations - BA (Hons)

History and International Relations reflects on past significant events, and studies global affairs, ideas, interactions, and structures that affect almost everything around us. On this programme, you will explore culture, politics and economics, as well as the role of organisations and power. You will learn to debate the deeper causes of historical change and develop subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to pursue a wide range of careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • LVF1

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

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Why study History and International Relations at Keele University?

4th in the UK for Politics and International Relations (National Student Survey, 2021)
Gain insight into various eras, cultures, and society, building a foundation of knowledge and providing a broad interpretation of history
Learn to critically evaluate and reflect on historical events and how these have impacted the world we live in, supported by innovative and inspiring teachers
Enhance your career prospects with an optional International Year and experience life in a different country and explore new cultures
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"The wide range of modules on offer and the flexible degree programme allows you to discover what interests you most, and the tutorials provide the opportunity for depth of study."

Georgie, History and International Relations

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INSPIRING ALUMNI

My role at Elements working with Spotify is great as I get to work alongside the business as a trusted consultant. I advise and aid the business in building effective teams that truly address their needs and inspire meaningful change. If I could give any advice to students starting out in their university experience it would be to be open to all opportunities in your first year and do everything.

Charlotte Smith, History with American Studies

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"My time-management and organisational skills were greatly enhanced, I learnt how to work to deadlines and produce attractive, professional quality products. I would highly recommend any other student considering a placement, both as a confidence booster, as a means of gaining valuable, relevant work experience and transferable skills, together with a real insight into the area of work you may be considering in the future."

Aidan, History

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the  BA (Hons) History and International Relations degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines – from music to media – which enable us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and ‘mainstream’ society.Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

In addition to the modules listed, students will study a further 15 credits in semester one. The optional modules available for students to choose from is dependent on the degree programme and timetabling restraints. 

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities - 1 15 credits
FYO-00263 Foundations of Social Sciences - 1 15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00261 Advancing Humanities  30 credits
FYO-00269 Advancing Social Sciences 30 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests) 

How to apply 

Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) History with Foundation Year (UCAS code: VV10) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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