BSc Government and History

UCAS code: LV21

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see

Applications 2014:

First year students 2014:

This joint honours degree combines courses from the fields of government and history in approximately equal weighting. However, you will have a considerable amount of choice in how you balance your study and in the specific courses taken within each of the two fields.

The aim is to provide you with a good insight into the interaction between political ideas and institutions on the one hand, and historical developments on the other. The emphasis is largely, although by no means exclusively, on the modern period, and an optional element of economic history is included.

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Either the government dissertation or one advanced government option
  • One advanced history option
  • One government or advanced history option or a history dissertation
  • One government or history or advanced history option, or an approved outside option

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Programme details

First year

In the first year you have the choice of either Introduction to Political Science or Introduction to Political Theory.

In Introduction to Political Science, you will study the comparative analysis of a range of political phenomena, including the forms of states and regimes, theories of elections and voting, political ideologies, the causes and consequences of democracy, and the management of the economy. Introduction to Political Theory examines the foundations of western political thought, followed by modern political theory. You then have the choice of one from: From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century; War and Society from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era c1500-1815; International History Since 1890; or Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World c1500-1800.

From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century offers an introductory survey of events outside Europe in the twentieth century. War and Society from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era c.1500-1815 provides a broad, thematic study of war and society from the early sixteenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. International History since 1890 explores the history of international relations from the 1890s through the 1990s. Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World c1500-1800 introduces the international political, religious, military and economic history of the early modern period. There will be departmental recommendations on the choice of appropriate outside options.

Second and third years

In the second year students will get an opportunity to take further courses in history and government. In their third year, students will get an opportunity to take more advanced courses in both political science and history. Students get the opportunity to choose from some courses which are taught in small group seminars. They also have the possibility to select a course assessed by a dissertation.