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Overview See the world by understanding its past

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Understanding the past is crucial to responding to the political challenges of the future. Our History and Politics degree will help you attain a global understanding of events, institutions and structures.

The way history is taught at York... lends itself to an informal, sociable atmosphere. Tutors are always keen to provide a quick response to any question you may have and supervisor meetings one-on-one give you all the support you need.
History student

Course content What you’ll study


One of the most exciting aspects of the History and Politics degree at York is living and learning in a city with such a long and varied history. You'll be surrounded by evidence of the city’s rich heritage. Stretching from the Romans, through the Vikings to the Georgians, there's a heritage that we actively draw on in our teaching.

Year 1

You'll begin examining the broader concepts of how history has shaped the modern world. At the same time, your required Politics modules will focus on contemporary politics with an emphasis on the state. You'll also take one Politics module of your choice.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

Your second year in the History and Politics degree will be about preparing for your final dissertation and reports. You'll begin to design your project and learn how to use the tools needed to complete it. Political Text and Process options examine underlying philosophies, and how they're put into practice.

Year 3

In your final year, you'll take a specialised, in-depth module on a particular historical topic, along with two Politics module options. You'll also write a 10,000-word dissertation on a political or history topic of your choice.

Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad for your entire second year.

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Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

You'll spend much of your learning time at York with:

  • One-on-one meetings with dissertation advisors
  • Essay feedback sessions
  • Module briefings
  • Optional plenary lectures by visiting speakers
  • Webinars
  • Student hours, when staff hold weekly office hours for students to drop in and discuss questions.


Your first-year work doesn't contribute toward your final marks. We recognise those students are only beginning to develop over the course of the History and Politics degree.

From Year 2 onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.

  • Assessments range from research essay to collaborative projects to open-note examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be an interesting topic to you. Don't be afraid to explore.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

Some 60 per cent of our History and Politics degree graduates are in employment six months after completion of their studies. Many of our students also move on to postgraduate study.

Career opportunities

  • Law
  • Social work
  • Justice
  • Local and national government
  • Public administration and NGOs
  • Finance and accountancy
  • Teaching and academia

Transferable skills

  • Problem solving
  • Shaping arguments and debate
  • Communication
  • Analytical thinking

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. We also consider applications for deferred entry and requests, after taking up an offer, to take a gap year.

We encourage mature students to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice.

A-levels and GCSEs

A Levels
AAA including an A in either History or Classical Civilisation

An A level in General Studies is usually excluded from conditional offers.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • AAAAA at Higher Level
  • AA at Advanced Higher Level, including History

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

Cambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, D3 including History (in conjunction with A Levels)

Access to Higher Education

  • 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3
  • 30 with Distinction and 15 at Merit or above

Distinctions are expected in History-related units.

International options

International Baccalaureate
36 points including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAAB including A1 in History

European Baccalaureate
80 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History

English language

6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units

Pearson (Academic PTE)
61 overall with 51 in all parts

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Grade C

Unistats for this course

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