BA (Hons) Global History and Politics

Global History and Politics at Winchester explores topics relating to Britain and Western Europe, the USA, Eastern Europe and East Asia. It examines global issues such as the world economy, religions, environmentalism and international relations.
**subject to revalidation

BA (Hons) Global History and Politics at University of Winchester

UCAS code: VL22

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Langauge is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Core texts can be bought second hand, or as ebook which can often reduce the cost. Cost £150 per academic year.
  • Printing: Students may need to pay for poster printing though out all years of the course. Cost £5 per academic year. 
  • Field trips: Students will have the option to attend a week-long History field trip in Year 2. Costs will vary depending on location, however based on previous trips, overseas trips have cost between £300 and £700.
  • Travel: Students working on dissertations in Year 3 as full-time students may incur costs (mainly travel) of visiting archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. This would typically involve either travel to a local archive (e.g. Southampton, Portsmouth or further afield if the student chooses to study a locality away from Winchester) or a national archive, usually in London (TNA, British Library, Women's Library, etc.). Cost varies depending on the the individial student's research project. 
  • Placement and volunteering: Both the History Work Placement and Volunteering Placement consist of approximately 12 visits and students are required to cover the cost of travel to their placement. Both opportunities are optional modules. Cost varies depending on the the individial student's research project. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Europe (Bulgaria) via Erasmus

Field trips:

Students have the opportunity to attend field trips visiting, for example, Washington DC and Auschwitz.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


There is a student-led History society which organises trips to sites of historical interest and talks by a variety of academic speakers.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Year 1 explores a variety of historical periods and cultures of Britain and around the globe, including Asia, Europe and America. Politics topics include theoretical perspectives in politics systems and governance, international relations, political philosophies and political economy. You also examine contemporary issues in global studies, in particular the USA's role as a hegemonic power and current and future challenges to its pre-eminence.

You choose from a range of optional modules in Year 2 focusing on reading original documents and giving oral presentations. History optional modules focus on global issues in the modern world based around cultures, societies or themes.

Study in Year 3 is more focused and in-depth. For history, an understanding of methodology and intensive study of primary and secondary sources is developed by Depth Studies, while Comparative Studies explore areas of historical concern across more than one country and culture. The politics modules deepen study of contemporary issues, debates and controversies.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Politics and Political Philosophy
  • Reading and Writing History
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • Creating and Consuming History

Two History Introductory Study modules from a range of options below:

  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • Introductory Study: The United Kingdom in the 20th Century
  • Introductory Study: The United States
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: British History 1660-1832
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain
  • Introductory Study: The Roman Empire
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783-1997
  • Introductory Module : Barbarians, Byzantines and Beyond (400-1050CE)
  • Introductory Module: Europe and the Americas (1763-1914)
  • Introductory Module: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837

Year 2

Core modules:

  • US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts
  • Past Historians and Current Practice
  • History Independent Study

Two History Theme or Civilisation Study modules from a range of options below.

History Theme Study:

  • Theme Study: American Slavery
  • Theme Study: Women in History
  • Theme Study: Soviet Communism
  • Theme Study: Reactions to Poverty
  • Theme Study: 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Theme Study: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe
  • Theme Study: Genocide: Mass Violence and the Making and Breaking of Empire
  • Theme Study: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Theme Study: Anti-Imperialism
  • Theme Study: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Theme Study: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England
  • Theme Study: The Atlantic World, c.1700-1850
  • Theme Study: War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • Theme Study: History's Eye - Photography and Conflict, Ethnography and Society
  • Theme Study: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe

History Civilisation Study:

  • Civilisation Study: The American South 1865-1970
  • Civilisation Study: The Third Reich
  • Civilisation Study: Victorian Culture and Society
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Japan
  • Civilisation Study: From Austerity to Affluence: Post-war Britain
  • Civilisation Study: Edwardian Britain
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Russia 1825-1914
  • Civilisation Study: Georgian England
  • Civilisation Study: Nazism and the Holocaust
  • Civilisation Study: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' To Gandhi - 1857-1947
  • Civilisation Study: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • Civilisation Study: From Slavery to Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838

Other optional modules include:

  • Volunteer Placement or Field Trip
  • Value Studies
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Near and Middle East
  • Global Governance
  • Discourses of War
  • The War on Terror and the Axis of Evil and Beyond
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice
  • The Modern American Presidency
  • Christianity and Politics

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Debates in Globalisation

Two History Depth Study modules from a range of options below:

  • Depth Study: America 1919-1941
  • Depth Study: The French Revolution 1786-1795
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • Depth Study: Japan in War and Occupation 1937-52
  • Depth Study: The Home Front: Britain 1939-1945
  • Depth Study: The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • Depth Study: Interwar Britain
  • Depth Study: The French in North Africa: the Maghreb, 1830-1914 and 1914-Present
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I & II
  • Depth Study: 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire and Anti-Slavery, 1787-1838 and 1838-1926
  • Depth Study: The Age of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media I (18th-19thc.) and II (19th-20th C.)

Other optional modules include:

  • Political Islam in the Middle East
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Contemporary Civil War
  • Politics, Energy and the Environment (V)
  • China : 21st Century Challenges
  • Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism
  • Liberty and Extremism
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past
  • Comparative Study: Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
  • Comparative Study: Bystanders: Local, National and International Responses to Genocide in the 20th Century
  • Comparative Study: Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe
  • Comparative Study: Health, Disease and Society in Britain and Europe 1500-1800
  • Comparative Study: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States and Israel
  • Comparative Study: Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands and Commodities in History
  • Comparative Study: Slavery

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

Dr Mark Allen
Interests: Nineteenth and Twentieth- Century British History; history and computing. As Programme Leader responsible for the day-to-day running of the undergraduate programme, Mark Allen is more than happy to answer queries from prospective students.

Teaching team

Professor Chris Aldous 
Interests: Twentieth-Century Japanese history; medical history; environmental history

Dr Natalya Chernyshova
Interests: Soviet and Russian history; Modern Eastern Europe

Neil Curtin
Interests: American history; Slavery and the South; the Cold War; European fascism

Professor Tony Evans
Interests: political theory and philosophy; human rights

Dr Robert Gray
Interests: environmental history, nineteenth century Hungary

Dr Xavier Guégan
Interests: Cultural Political and Social Colonial and anti-Colonial History; British India and the wider Empire; French Colonial Empire, especially Algeria; Global connections and ideas within the colonial and post-colonial world

Dr Colin Haydon
Interests: Eighteenth-Century English social history; French revolution; English local history

Dr Emiliano Perra
Interests: History, memory and representation, particularly of the Holocaust and Genocide; television and history; modern European History

Dr Christine Ryan
Interests: warfare and conflict resolution, political Islam; globalisation

Dr Paul Sheeran
Interests: International project management; political economy

Dr William Sheward
Interests: American foreign and security policy; international relations and politics; conservatism

Dr Maximilian Terhalle
Interests: international relations theory, international politics with a particular focus on the US and China

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 25% of a module (three out of three classes) and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 59 per cent coursework
  • 36 per cent written exams
  • 5 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 78 per cent coursework
  • 10 per cent written exams
  • 12 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 47 per cent coursework
  • 44 per cent written exams
  • 9 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates pursue careers working in museums and heritage sites and seek employment working in civil and foreign service or local, regional and national Government, charities, lobbyists and think- tanks.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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