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  • Develop an informed awareness of the contemporary world and a clear understanding of the historical roots of its ideas and problems, as well as its social, economic and political structures
  • Our accessible and committed staff teach and research across a wide range of topics, from medieval to modern periods and across all the continents
  • Develop a range of transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of rewarding careers
  • Visit and engage with historic and political sites and communities, both nationally and internationally; recent fields trips have included Washington DC and Auschwitz

Understanding the past is crucial to facing the political challenges of the future. Our Global History and Politics degree challenges you to interpret the history of societies and political cultures critically and imaginatively. Studying these two complementary subjects together will not only help you understand how the world works but why it works that way.

This versatile programme examines compelling global issues such as the world economy, religions, environmentalism and international relations, covering Britain, Western Europe, the USA, Eastern Europe and East Asia.

As well gaining a firm academic grounding in the workings of history and politics, you select modules from a stimulating range of global concerns and historic periods. The course culminates with a written project, bringing together the skills you acquire over three years of study.

In Year 1, you assess a variety of historical periods and cultures around the world, including Asia, Europe and America. Politics topics include international relations, political philosophies and political economy. You also examine contemporary issues in global studies such as America’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. Optional History modules focus on global issues in the modern world based around cultures, societies or themes.

Study in Year 3 is more in-depth – you complete a supervised dissertation and study Research Methods and Debates in Globalisation. In History, you can explore topics such as genocide and the Holocaust. The Politics modules deepen study of contemporary issues, debates and controversies such as Political Islam in the Middle East, and environmental concerns.

Our tutors pride themselves on the quality of their teaching and their commitment to developing your academic potential as an individual.

Global History and Politics students garner a range of transferable skills which can be applied to a variety of rewarding careers. These skills include: effective research methods, clarity of expression, critical thinking and the capacity for argument and debate.

Our graduates pursue careers in heritage and museums, politics, journalism, nongovernment organisations (NGOs), charities, interest groups and lobbying, consultancy, the civil and foreign service and teaching.

Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate study at Winchester or elsewhere; there is a clear pathway from graduation to our existing MAs in Managing Contemporary Global Issues and in History.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.



Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Global History and Politics course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) or Europe via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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. 


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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% coursework
  • 36% written exams
  • 5% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 78% coursework
  • 10% written exams
  • 12% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 47% coursework
  • 44% written exams
  • 9% 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.

Further information

This programme is currently being validated. This is an internal process of ensuring our programmes offer students the best learning experience and can result in changes to the content of the course.

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


2018 Entry: 104-120 points

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

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 enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Creating and Consuming History 15

Creative and Consuming History is a compulsory module, which follows on explicitly from Reading and Writing History in Semester 1. Whereas that module introduced students to the basic practical skills required for studying history at University; this module asks to students to engage with the process of accessing the past both through History as an academic discipline and alternatively in public history. Through the study of a variety of routes to the past students will begin to engage with the methodological problems and nuances in studying History at degree level.

Introduction to Global Political Economy 15

This module introduces students to Global Political Economy, its scope, history and debates. The module aims to help students develop a firm starting point in the study of critical understanding in the numerous theoretical approaches and practical issues. Students will examine the wide spectrum of institutions, actors and processes in the Global Political Economy and assess the inter-related links to key issues and events. The module begins with an analysis of the emergence of industrial political economy in the fifteenth century through the industrial revolution to the post-1945 world order up to contemporary issues in global political economy including globalisation, gender and diversity. The intention throughout the module is to demonstrate how theories in global political economy can be applied to politics and global studies.

Reading and Writing History 15

This module introduces History as a discipline that now treats the past dimension of everything that interests society today. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains bias, which historians are trained to overcome. Students encounter such evidence and problems through concrete examples (5 week case-studies), learn to apply first principles to its use, and undertake timed documentary extracts (gobbets). Students are made aware of the skills necessary for the practice of history, their relevance to future employment, and the careers available to historians. Students are instructed in class, through directed tasks and immediate feedback sessions on the conventions (e.g. bibliographical), skills (e.g. research) and expectations (e.g. essay writing) fundamental to the practice of History.  Following feedback, these tasks are corrected and collected in a journal that is assessed.

Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 2 15

This module – continued from the first semester of Year 1 – aims to develop the understanding of Politics given in Introduction to Politics and Global Studies I. It introduces significant themes, theoretical perspectives and concepts via a more detailed examination of specific examples relevant to the study of politics in a global context. Topics covered will be on contemporary areas of international relations and global politics, such as the rise of China and India, environmental and energy security challenges, and debates on the decline of US hegemony. Many of these topics will have greater coverage in single modules offered at Levels 5 and 6. This learning is achieved via a pattern of work presented via lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.

Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1 15

This module – the themes of which are continued and developed into the second semester of Level 4– introduces significant themes, theoretical perspectives and concepts in Politics and Global Studies, and aims to develop an initial understanding of the methodologies and practices of the discipline of Politics where it comes into contact with related subject areas such as international relations, economics, the environment and religion. This is achieved via a pattern of work presented via lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.

Optional Credits

Year 1 Optional Modules
  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: The United Kingdom in the 20th Century 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: The United States 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: British History 1660-1832 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: The Roman Empire 15 Credits
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783-1997 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module : Barbarians, Byzantines and Beyond (400-1050CE) 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Europe and the Americas (1763-1914) 15 Credits
  • Introductory Module: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Independent Study Module 15

The independent study module gives students an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. The exact nature of the project will be negotiated with a tutor, with the outcome being an extended essay. Students will develop their own bibliography after initial guidance from the tutor and then move on to pursue research on their own. There will be a minimum of four and a maximum of six supervisory tutorials between the student and tutor. Whilst content of the study can be negotiated, it is expected that students will engage in historiographical debate and show an awareness of primary material, although original primary research is not expected at this level. Students will be barred from using the same topic for a Dissertation.

Past Historians and Current Practice 15

This module principally examines the ways in which British historians have worked from the early medieval period to c.2000. It investigates the influences which shaped their approaches (including, e.g., the work of foreign scholars such as Leopold von Ranke and the historians of the French Annales School). It also investigates theories of history – e.g. Marxist ideas. It emphasizes the expansion of historical interests and the methodologies which have permitted fresh areas of study in the last thirty years and looks at the current practice of history.

US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts 15

The foreign policy of the United States has had far reaching impact and global ramifications. The contemporary position of the US as the “world’s only superpower”, and her dominance in terms of world trade, military capacity, and cultural output, means that the foreign policy decisions of the US government are hugely consequential and worthy of study. This module will seek to explain how and why these decisions are made by introducing the key foreign policy concepts and ideological positions present in the US polity, as well as charting the institutions and offices under whose authority it falls to make them. Expanding on this, an analysis will be made of extra-governmental institutions, such as the media and its impact on policy. Students will gain from the module an understanding of the processes involved in formulating America’s foreign policy, the extent of its impact in the arena of international relations, and the objectives and motivations that drive it.

Optional Credits

Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Theme Study: American Slavery 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Women in History 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Soviet Communism 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Reactions to Poverty 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Genocide: Mass Violence and the Making and Breaking of Empire 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Anti-Imperialism 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Atlantic World, c.1700-1850 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries) 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: History's Eye - Photography and Conflict, Ethnography and Society 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe 15 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: The American South 1865-1970 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: The Third Reich 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: Victorian Culture and Society 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Japan 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: From Austerity to Affluence: Post-war Britain 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: Edwardian Britain 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: Imperial Russia 1825-1914 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: Georgian England 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: Nazism and the Holocaust 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' To Gandhi - 1857-1947 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s) 30 Credits
  • Civilisation Study: From Slavery to Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838 30 Credits
  • Volunteer Placement or Field Trip
  • Value Studies
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Near and Middle East 15 Credits
  • Global Governance 15 Credits
  • Discourses of War 15 Credits
  • The War on Terror and the Axis of Evil and Beyond 15 Credits
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice 15 Credits
  • The Modern American Presidency 15 Credits
  • Christianity and Politics 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Debates in Globalisation 15

The term globalisation is often recognised as 'Americanisation' due to America's economic and cultural dominance in the world order. This module examines this view, providing a critical analysis of its legitimacy as a 'global' trend by looking at the winners and losers of globalisation and examining contingent issues of global poverty and Third world development. The cultural aspect to globalisation will also be examined in the module, again involving aspects of the so-called Americanisation of global culture. Exploring these issues allows for a greater understanding of globalisation in theory and then in practice. Both advocates and critics of globalisation will be introduced throughout the module so a critical understanding of these issues can be realised.

Research Methods 15

This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, students will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own Final Year Project and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research.

Dissertation in History 30

The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of a student’s choice. It makes an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding. It demonstrates an advanced capacity to work as a historian and to employ the conventions of a historian. Students must produce by due deadlines a proposal acceptable to internal scrutineers, evidence of substantial progress by the end of the first module as part of the assessment for the Research Methods module, and a record of supervision completed by the supervisor with the Dissertation.

Optional Credits

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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.


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.


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 individual 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 individual student's research project.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester