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History with International Relations BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): V101
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four-seven years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Combine the study of global relations with understanding the past through a range of skills and approaches.

This degree enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. The combination of History with International relations gives your degree an international and industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

These complimentary subjects and flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you too. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enables you to take part in an optional extended work placement, go on an international exchange, or  specialise your study even further.

By choosing History with International Relations you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of optional modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. These two subjects have natural synergy and will give you a unique insight into the world events that have shaped our lives and how international relationships, beliefs and cultures continue to shape the world we live in.

  • 100% of NTU’s research in History was assessed to be world-leading or excellent in terms of its impact - REF 2021.
  • Get the experience you need for after you graduate with extended work placements, company projects, consultancy, and collaborations.
  • Study in a city steeped in history and home to an array of museums and archives.
  • Travel the world, meet new friends, and have experiences you will remember for the rest of your life with an international exchange.

What you’ll study

History with International Relations reflects on significant historical events, and the global changes and structures that effect the world around us.

We offer you a wide range of options so you can study what you are passionate about, or discover a new and exciting area you never even considered before.

Year One builds the key historical skills and practices you'll need in your future, alongside introductory modules on international relations and global history.

Year Two is all about you. You can choose a pathway which suits your needs and interests with the opportunity to travel, work or specialise your study with optional modules.

Year Three is your chance to really explore what fascinates you, with a further range of options and a project on a specialist research topic of your choice. You'll be guided along with expert supervision from your teaching team.

Throughout your degree you will be building your employability with extensive work-like experiences, digital skills and problem-solving.

Core modules

Europe since 1789: Revolution to Referendum

Explore the ideas, ideologies, political , social, and economic changes associated with the development of Western Europe and the European States from the late 18th Century to the late 20th Century. From revolutions to unifications, empire and colonisation, war and state, the rise of communism and fascism, intellectual, economic, cultural and social developments, the module will act as a foundation for future study of history at University.

History Matters: Self and Society

Explore the ways in which historical processes shape the lives of individuals and communities, how communications shape our histories, and how your own histories can be explored in relation to world events.

America, 1607-2020: from Colony to Superpower

Examine the themes of race, colonisation, slavery in American history and examine the connections between the past and the present – for example, with the civil rights struggles of the sixties and the Black Lives Matter Movement today.

Sustainability in Culture and Society (includes a work-like experience)

Engage with community-led enterprises and charities as you explore the concepts of sustainability, and how it has featured  in a historical context.

An Introduction to International Relations

What is International Relations about? – This module offers an introduction to the key debates in the discipline: Why do states go to war? Is free trade good or bad for the poor? Are we witnessing a “clash of civilisations”? or are we living through the “end of history”?  These are all fundamental theoretical questions, whether it be Realism or Liberalism, Marxism or Feminism, our discipline is shaped by the debates between different theories, the aim of this module is to help you situate yourself and reflect on your own position in those debates, preparing you to develop your own arguments throughout the rest of your studies.

International Relations and Global History

Those that control the past will control the future - you will get the opportunity to explore the historical emergence and development of the modern international system.  Learn how the world became divided into nation states in the first place and how those states established rules to regulate their relationships through international law and global institutions.  You will also examine the role of war and revolution, colonialism, capitalism, economic crises and global pandemics in shaping the modern age and how the international system came close to collapse three times in the past century.  In this module we look to the past in order to face the future.

Some optional modules may be studied on the City campus.

Core modules

The Historian's Craft

This module introduces you to a range of historical source collections and guides you through best practice of critically examining source evidence.

History in Action

You will evaluate your skill set and identify gaps to wok on through a minimum of 80 hours of relevant work-like experience, to include placement, volunteering and charity work, community-engaged learning, consultancy or collaborations.

Global Political Economy of Everyday Life

Who gets what, when and how much?: Political Economy is the study of power, from the very big to the very small – In this module you`ll analyse how power operates to shape our everyday lives.  You`ll examine the historic links between Coffee and slavery in the Caribbean, Sports washing in the Premier League, cultural appropriation of global cuisines, elicit economies in drugs and sex, gendered violence and sweatshop labour, cryptocurrencies and much more.  You`ll also analyse how powerful multinational corporations and international institutions can manipulate and control governments, how the rich stay rich by keeping the poor in poverty and the role of social movements in the global south in challenging those inequalities.

In the second half of the year you will choose from:

Pathway 1: Extended work-like experience

Get the experience you need for after you graduate, and really understand how the things you study translate into the world of work with a work placement. Your highly experienced Employability Team will help you find a placement to suit your career goals from our huge network of companies, historical and heritage organisations, charities, institutions, and beyond.

Pathway 2: An international exchange

Travel the world, meet new friends, and have experiences you will remember for the rest of your life.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to allow some amazing opportunities for you. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters, giving you the opportunity to take part in an international exchange. You could study with one of international exchange partners in Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, Thailand and many, many more.

Our dedicated team will support you in finding and arranging a suitable exchange. And don't worry about the cost, they will help you apply for any grants or loans you may need, as no one should miss out on the chance to broaden their horizons.

Pathway 3: Taught pathway choosing two History modules, and one Politics module from:

History optional modules - choose two

Fascism, Past and Present

Examine and contextualise fascism and fascist regimes both in the past as well as the present - specifically recent neo-fascist movements and illiberal right-wing governments.

People and Planet

Develop an understanding of the human impact on the environment from the 15th Century to the present and how such slow-moving change can interact with social justice.

Global Middle Ages

Consider traditional boundaries of ‘periodisation’ and take a broad geographic perspective on the Medieval period to explore trans-cultural connections.

Tudors and Stewarts: Rulers and representations

Understand the relevance of themes in Tudor and Stuart history to contemporary Britain.

History Online: Researching and Presenting the Past

Create a 'magazine' project to contribute to the History blog.

International Relations optional modules - choose one

Security Studies

We live in an incredibly dangerous world, humans have devised infinite ways to destroy life, in this module we will seek to find ways to protect it   To do this you will engage with the dynamic sub-discipline of Security Studies to ask timeless questions including why do states go to war? are there any rules which regulate their conflicts? and if so who will enforce them?  You will also study contemporary issues such as cybersecurity and reflect on critical theories of human security to examine issues of structural violence including racism, poverty, public health, environmental protection and the role of gender violence in times of conflict.

Global Politics of Post Colonialism

Whose lives matter? – We live in a world where wealth and poverty, life and death are unevenly distributed  In this module we will examine how this contemporary global apartheid was forged through the European colonial project.  We will explore the origins of the ideology of racism, the creation of the Third World and the Eurocentrism of international law.  We will also explore the ongoing struggles of decolonisation, for the re-humanisation of humanity, through a range of thinkers from the global south who challenge us to view IR differently, from below, asking the fundamental questions which the mainstream discipline would rather avoid.

Environmental Politics and Policy

Welcome to the ‘Anthropocene’! the world that we humans created and which we threaten to destroy.  In this module you will engage with a range of theories to critically analyse the historical and ongoing impact of human behaviour on the natural world, situating environmental politics through key events from the late 20th century onwards. You will also explore the key debates in environmental ethics and green political thought, whilst studying a wide range of domestic and international policies, processes, treaties, and case studies which offer possibilities for securing our planetary home for the future.

Global Political Marketing

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the organisation, behaviour, and impact of political marketing at both a national and international level. The module examines the marketisation of politics on a range of relevant issues, including political behaviour, party organisation, and voting patterns. Key debates will be considered throughout, relating to targeting and positioning, branding, market research, and the relationship between political marketing and fundamental issues such as trust, democracy, and crisis management.

Politics of Art, Film and Literature

The Cultural Theorist Theodor Adorno once said that “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric” However, it is also true that even in the darkest moments of humanity, we humans have created works of art, which have a unique capacity to inspire empathy and understanding across cultures. This is a unique module in which you will engage in depth with great works of art, books, poems, films, music, to identify their social and political themes, what they tell us about the human condition in a range of global contexts.  It is also unique in its form of delivery, there will be no lectures, but open discussions in which we will work together to explore the tragic joy of the human experience.

Understanding Foreign Policy

Diplomatic encounters and foreign policy decisions are crucial aspects of interstate relations often shrouded in secrecy and mystery. In this module you will develop a unique insight into how diplomats and foreign policy officials make decisions from both a theoretical and practical angle. You will have the opportunity to critically engage with the concepts and theories regarding decision-making in foreign policy.  As there is no better way of learning than by experience, you will engage in games and simulations exercises which put you in the shoes of foreign policy decision-makers and diplomats by solving decision challenges they regularly face.

Some optional modules may be studied on the City campus.

Core module

History Research Project

Produce your final year research project which will include a  product pitch , literature review and finally a showcase where you present in an exhibition-style  environment.

Representing History

Apply your historical knowledge and skills to deliver a real world project working for an external client brief.

Leadership, Activism, Campaigning

Throughout the last two years you have learnt the art of communication and how change can be enacted through formal and informal political arenas. You’ve been creative, completing assessments on topics and case studies of your choosing. You’ve built a portfolio of activities and skills which should make you confident about your future. The culmination of these experiences is this module, whereby you get the chance to design a campaign/project on something that matters to you; as too, pitch your reflections on the knowledge and skills gained throughout and their potential for life after Uni.

History optional modules - choose two

Legacies and Memory of Conflict

The module examines the issue of conflict, its legacies and memorialisation. It will focus on a series of historical struggles from around the world and use them to interrogate what happened and why before analysing their traces and consequences in their respective post-conflict eras.

The Global Struggle for Civil and Human Rights

Examine the long struggle for civil and human rights within different national and transnational contexts

History on Trial

Examine and contextualise the issues and controversies that faced various societies in the United States, Great Britain and the Middle East at critical moments in history

History Online: the Value and Values of History

Explore a diverse range of historical subjects based on the latest research and your personal interests.

Politics optional modules - choose one

Political Violence and Terror

Since 9/11 the so-called ‘War on Terror’ has dominated global politics, and whilst today it might appear to have taken a back seat to other issues, it continues to exert its influence. Throughout this module you will explore the evolving relationship between terrorism and political violence. Analysing the concept of ‘insecurity’ in a broad sense throughout, you will examine key theoretical approaches as well as a range of real-world cases, illustrating ultimately its increasingly complex use for political means.

Global Politics of Pop Culture

Expand your understanding of ‘politics’ beyond parliaments, parties and politicians to consider the wider power of cultural representations and experiences. From clothes and music to sport and shopping, this module will encourage you to reflect on the ways in which political, economic, social, and cultural power can manifest itself in a range of everyday, subtle, and often quite innocent ways.

Feminist Thought and Praxis

Delve into some of the many branches of feminist thought and core themes in contemporary feminism. The module explores topics such as the relationship between historical and contemporary approaches to feminist theory, its key ideological undercurrents, from its liberal, ‘first wave’ foundations to contemporary, ‘fourth wave’ manifestations, and the application of feminist theory to a range of exciting case studies today.

The International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa

Perhaps no region of the world is more misunderstood than the Middle East and North Africa.  In this module you will take an in-depth look at the political economy of the region against the backdrop of its colonial and post-independence history. You will consider the role of both state and non-state actors, examine a range of contemporary security challenges, and consider the potential and opportunities for inter-state cooperation, as too, future possible scenarios for international relations within the continent.

Negotiating in International Contexts

Arguably, politics – whether local, domestic, or global – is about identifying and diffusing the potential for conflict. In this module you will learn and practise the art of negotiation and leadership through combining the academic study of decision-making with model simulation and gaming/role playing exercises. Engagement with the module provides the chance to take part in the annual, EUROSIM competition with teams from other national and international Universities.

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in World Politics

Since its inception at the start of the 20th century, whilst mainstream international relations has been dominated by the global north, as you’ll appreciate throughout this module, the axis is surely tipping towards the global south. Throughout the module you will gain an understanding of the political, economic, and social development challenges facing a range of key countries – challenges which at times can spill-over into diverse forms of radical political action that challenge the status quo.

East of the West: Eurasian geopolitics

Whether it be the war between Russia and Ukraine or the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the reverberations from the collapse of the Soviet Union continue to be central to global politics in the twenty-first century. Throughout this module you will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the region, from the difficult processes of economic liberalisation, the rise of the oligarchs, the ongoing tensions between post-Soviet states, and the rapidly deteriorating relationship between Russian and the West.

The Emerging Powers of Asia

The world is re-orienting: we are entering the Asian Century.  In this module you will analyse and explore the dynamics of this fascinating region, both individually (e.g., the so-called ‘Asian Tiger’ economies) and through key regional players such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Taking into consideration the role of both state and non-state actors you will consider a range of pressing, contemporary issues such as economic, environmental, and/or ethnic conflict, drugs and/or sex trafficking, and the continued evolving threat of terrorism.

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How you’re taught

How will I learn?

As well as traditional lectures and seminars, your learning is designed to help you hone your skills of research, critical analysis and intellectual discussion. You will be involved in group work, live projects, tutorials, presentations, visits and workshops that will help you to develop your teamwork and communication skills, as well as your ability to present complex arguments.

You will also carry out independent project work where you’ll have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment, as well as face-to-face support from your teaching team.

How will I be assessed?

We use a varied and diverse range of coursework assessments to develop your skills and support your progress. These include digital projects, reviews, case-studies, essays, presentations and reports.

Our innovative approach to assessment means that in Year One you will develop and enhance a complementary set of key skills for success in second and third year, and throughout the degree the varied assessment pattern will enable you to engage with the past and prepare for your future through an exciting array of projects

Virtual learning environment

Throughout the course you will use NTU’s online workspace NOW, a flexible web-based system that provides you with 24-hour access to all information relating to your course/modules, such as lecture materials, seminar tasks, assessment information, reading lists, and much more.

You will also have free, downloadable access to Office 365, with access to all the major apps and platforms which will likely be used throughout the duration of the course, including OneDrive, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams.

Work experience, placements and projects

You will undertake up to 240 hours of work-like experience over the course of your degree. These hours will be split across modules and years and will include a variety of different experiences including: placements, company projects, simulations, consultancy projects, case studies, volunteering, and campaigning.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

Staff Profiles

Amy Fuller

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Amy Fuller

Andrew Gritt

Head of Department

School of Arts & Humanities

Dr Andy Gritt is Head of History, Heritage and Global Cultures.

Kevin Gould

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Kevin Gould is a Principal Lecturer in Late Medieval/Early Modern History (European), and Programme Leader for Single Honours History.

Matt Ashton

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Matthew Ashton staff profile

Imad El-Anis

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Dr Imad El-Anis is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University’s Department of Social and Political Sciences. He is an expert in the international relations and political…

Careers and employability

Career development

Knowledge and understanding of the past is of incalculable value both to the individual and to society, and as one of our History with International Relations graduates you’ll possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills.

Academically, the study of History instils an appreciation of the importance of historical context, the challenges posed by imperfect evidence, and a greater awareness of the historical forces unfolding in our own time. Proficiency in close textual analysis, developing rational enquiry, and constructing and articulating argument will provide not only valuable life skills but significant benefits to your employment activities. You’ll also have knowledge of communications and media processes and their impact on industry and society.

International Relations and History graduates are effective communicators, and possess a range of major transferable skills that include critical reasoning and independence of thought, and excellence in research methodology and advanced problem solving. These skills are valued in a wide range of occupations and settings, which is why the immediate and longer term destinations of History graduates are so diverse.

International Relations and History graduates have gone on to forge successful careers both within large, well known organisations and the small to medium sized companies that constitute much of the UK economy. Recent graduate roles have included law, publishing, marketing, PR, retail and finance.

Some graduates choose to progress to further study, either to continue their research within International Relations or History, or to gain more direct vocational qualifications such as museum and heritage management, teaching, or tourism.

Campus and facilities

Here are some of the free services, student discount and benefits you'll get studying at NTU

We've carefully considered what benefits and services you need for your studies, so when you join NTU you'll get free printing and materials credits, access to our free WiFi, a copy of Microsoft Office, and even borrow a laptop if yours is out of commission.

For life outside your lectures, you'll enjoy access to over 60 sports clubs and 130 student societies, discounted travel and bike hire, free language learning, award-winning student support and an entertainment programme which is second to none.

See all the benefits and free services you will enjoy as an NTU student.

Books and library resources

In our library you’ll have access to an extensive and diverse range of books including those on your reading list.

The library's online resources and NTU Online Workspace (NOW) also provides digital access to the core resources for your modules and a wide range of specialist collections, texts, and databases

Nottingham Trent University has its own Blackwell’s Bookshop which stocks relevant academic texts plus a wide range of bestselling novels.

IT Resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the campus, with PCs providing access to: Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.


Current students run societies in a range of Humanities and Arts subjects including History, Medieval, Film, Filmmaking, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, and the Book society.

There are also a number of media channels which our students get involved in such as the NTU radio station FlyLive, our student magazine Platform, and TV station TrentTV.

Find out more about student societies at the Student Union website.

Entry requirements

  • 112 - 120 UCAS tariff points from four A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

You will need the equivalent to:

  • 120 UCAS tariff points from four A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before. This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.


We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the full-time route just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Need help with your application?

For admissions related enquiries please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Ask us a question

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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