- 3 Years (Full time)
- Typical A-level offer
- UCAS code
Year of entry 2023
- UCAS code
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 3 years full time
- Work placement
- Study abroad
- Typical A-level offer
- AAA (specific subject requirements)
- Typical Access to Leeds offer
- ABB and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements
You’ll focus on the modern and contemporary history of world affairs from the late nineteenth century to today on this challenging, integrated degree. Covering themes such as diplomacy, security, intelligence, international organisations and transnational questions, you’ll gain a valuable understanding of the complex relations between states and non-state actors today.
It’s a great opportunity to develop your specialist knowledge of modern international/transnational history and international politics. With the support of expert tutors and access to excellent facilities, you’ll also gain the skills that are most valuable to employers.
Compulsory modules will give you a good grounding in key periods and themes, as well as useful historical skills. You’ll also learn about different perspectives on international politics. Meanwhile, you can tailor your degree to suit your own interests by choosing from a range of optional modules that spans the globe.
Watch current student Kira’s video to find out more about studying BA International History and Politics.
Leeds has excellent resources for historians, including a wealth of archive material and political documents. The University Library's Special Collections include the Leeds Russian Archive, a resource for the study of Anglo-Russian relations into the 20th century and the Liddle Collection of personal papers from thousands of people who lived through the First and Second World Wars.
Papers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and extensive correspondence from political figures from around the world are also held in the Special Collections. The University Library offers full training to help you make the most of our resources.
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Introductory modules in international history and politics will give you a firm foundation during your first year, as we help you adjust to university study. You’ll also be free to choose from a variety of discovery modules within and outside the School to start building a broader knowledge base.
In year 2 you’ll build on this understanding by choosing from a range of optional modules to suit your specific interests, whether they focus on imperial Germany, the Cold War or the Arab-Israeli conflict. You’ll also practise your research skills in a long essay on a topic of your choice in international history and politics.
All of this will help to prepare you for your final year when you’ll continue to choose from optional modules spanning topics such as genocide, refugee crises and European security. You’ll also apply what you’ve learned and focus heavily on a specialist subject such as Nazi Germany, transnational war volunteers or the British secret services while researching a topic of your choice for your dissertation.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Skills and Concepts in International History||20|
|International History, 1919-1989: Conflict, Co-operation and Change||20|
|Consensus and Contention: Investigations in International History||20|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Documents and Debates in International History||20|
|International History and Politics Long Essay||20|
Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Australia and the World||20|
|History Wars: The Politics of the Past in Contemporary Europe||20|
|Imperial Germany 1871-1918||20|
|Digital Methods for History, Art and Literature||20|
|20th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-1990||20|
|Communist Eastern Europe, 1945-89||20|
|Nationalism, Colonialism and 'Religious Violence' in India, 1857-1947||20|
|Modern Hatreds: The Destruction of Yugoslavia and its Aftermath, 1991-2001||20|
|History on the High Street||20|
|Histories of Black Britain||20|
|The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day||20|
|Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present||20|
|The Global Cold War||20|
|US Foreign Policy in a Changing World: the End of the Cold War, the Age of Terror, and the Resurgence of a Multipolar Order?||20|
|From Versailles to Potsdam: Conferences, Crises and Conflicts, 1919-45||20|
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-1952||40|
|Twentieth Century Southeast Asia: From Empire to Independence||20|
|The Third Reich, 1933-1945||40|
|Europe in an Age of Total Warfare||40|
|The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939||40|
|The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968||40|
|The Troubles: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-Present||40|
|The Korean War||40|
|Apartheid in South Africa: Origins, Impact and Legacy||20|
|In the Shadow of Franco: Terror and its Legacy in Spain, 1936-Present Day||20|
|The Breaking of Contemporary Britain: Challenges from the Post-War Period||20|
|From Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational War Volunteers||40|
|The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 1979||40|
|A Revolutionary Century: Resistance, Reform, and Repression in Central America, 1900- present||40|
|Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-59||40|
|'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World||20|
|The Global Vietnam War||40|
|The First World War: A Global Conflict||40|
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a range of different teaching and learning styles. They include lectures from our expert lecturers, as well as seminars and group work. Independent study is also an important element of the degree, as you build your research and critical skills by reading widely. At Leeds, we have a wealth of resources for you to explore as you become an independent learner.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Depending on the modules you choose, you may be assessed using a variety of methods. These will largely include exams and essays, but some modules may also use oral presentations, group work or other methods. We offer plenty of support, and there are extra classes on topics such as public speaking, exam technique and structuring essays if you need them.
Other course specific tests:
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work are required.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, D3, M1
35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AA in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 85%
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Access to Leeds is an admissions scheme which aims to encourage applications from specific groups of potential students. These include students from low income households, those whose parents did not attend university, those from schools or postcodes that meet specific criteria relating to levels of participation in Higher Education, and those who have had their studies disrupted or delayed in some substantial way. Upon completion of the Access to Leeds programme, a typical Access to Leeds offer is ABB.
Find out more about Access to Leeds.
Find out more about Access to Leeds.
Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year
If you would like to study arts, humanities, and cultures at university, but don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, you might be eligible to apply for the Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year course.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of History Admissions team.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £22,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Katrina Honeyman scholarships
All international students who are offered a place on our BA History or BA International History and Politics courses will automatically be considered for a Katrina Honeyman scholarship. These scholarships are awarded in recognition of outstanding academic performance.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
Read our guidance about applying.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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School of History Undergraduate Admissions
A degree as wide-ranging and demanding as International History and Politics will equip you with a combination of specialist subject knowledge and valuable skills to build a career in many different sectors.
You'll be able to think critically about information from a range of sources to form your own conclusions. You’ll also be able to present them clearly, either verbally or in writing. As a motivated, independent learner, you’ll have organisational, time management and research skills that will really appeal to employers.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in careers as diverse as diplomacy, international finance and investment, journalism, the civil service, law, education and even the Armed Forces.
Read more about graduate destinations.
The School of History is committed to helping you reach your goals. Student-run career groups allow you to meet other students with similar plans, while you could also become a peer mentor or apply for one of our paid internships. We offer career-related modules to help you develop your employability or explore your options.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Student profile: Maddy Dawe
The range of modules were so impressive to me as I was discovering topics which I had heard about on the news or in my spare time but would never get the chance to study at school or college.Find out more about Maddy Dawe's time at Leeds