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    Hello,

    I am looking to study a history based degree at university once 2019 rolls around. I have been looking at a few universities (Lancaster and Nottingham to name a couple) and noticed that they offer 'History AND Politics' degrees programmes.

    My incline would say that adding politics to a history degree improves one's prospects and makes the course more relevant and contemporary, but I have heard some conflicting opinions that politics degrees aren't particularly useful. So, in your opinion, would a history and politics degree be less worthwhile than a straightforward history degree?

    -Joseph.
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    (Original post by Coddaz)
    Hello,

    I am looking to study a history based degree at university once 2019 rolls around. I have been looking at a few universities (Lancaster and Nottingham to name a couple) and noticed that they offer 'History AND Politics' degrees programmes.

    My incline would say that adding politics to a history degree improves one's prospects and makes the course more relevant and contemporary, but I have heard some conflicting opinions that politics degrees aren't particularly useful. So, in your opinion, would a history and politics degree be less worthwhile than a straightforward history degree?

    -Joseph.
    No improvement, but wont make it worse either. More likely to be interested in the skills you develop than direct knowledge. Best uni and best grade you can manage.
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    (Original post by Coddaz)
    Hello,

    I am looking to study a history based degree at university once 2019 rolls around. I have been looking at a few universities (Lancaster and Nottingham to name a couple) and noticed that they offer 'History AND Politics' degrees programmes.

    My incline would say that adding politics to a history degree improves one's prospects and makes the course more relevant and contemporary, but I have heard some conflicting opinions that politics degrees aren't particularly useful. So, in your opinion, would a history and politics degree be less worthwhile than a straightforward history degree?

    -Joseph.
    Hey Joseph,

    I studied straight politics for my undergraduate degree, but I took a few history modules throughout. I found that my knowledge of certain topics in history complimented my politics modules fantastically - the history modules often provided a really useful context for contemporary political study, and this definitely helped me write better essays. Having an inter-disciplinary degree title can show employers that you have picked up a diverse skill set from your degree.

    I can't speak for History & Politics programs at other universities, but I do know that UEA's History & Politics course offers a great chance to specialise in your historical and political interests. Have a quick nose at it here

    Is there a specific period of political history you're interested in?

    Fred - UEA PG Rep
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    Hey Joseph,

    I studied straight politics for my undergraduate degree, but I took a few history modules throughout. I found that my knowledge of certain topics in history complimented my politics modules fantastically - the history modules often provided a really useful context for contemporary political study, and this definitely helped me write better essays. Having an inter-disciplinary degree title can show employers that you have picked up a diverse skill set from your degree.

    I can't speak for History & Politics programs at other universities, but I do know that UEA's History & Politics course offers a great chance to specialise in your historical and political interests. Have a quick nose at it here

    Is there a specific period of political history you're interested in?

    Fred - UEA PG Rep
    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for leading me to that particular course within the University of East Anglia.

    I wouldn't say there is a particular period of political history that I am interested in - not having had the opportunity to formally study politics in school or sixth form - so, out of interest, what periods did you find most interesting and choose to specialise in?

    -Joseph.
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    (Original post by Coddaz)
    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for leading me to that particular course within the University of East Anglia.

    I wouldn't say there is a particular period of political history that I am interested in - not having had the opportunity to formally study politics in school or sixth form - so, out of interest, what periods did you find most interesting and choose to specialise in?

    -Joseph.
    Hey again,

    For me personally, understanding the Cold War has been immensely helpful, but I think even more important for some of my essays was understanding how the industrial revolution changed political systems. I've found myself referring to it in both international relations modules and political philosophy modules, because it completely turned the preexisting social order on its head - there's a line of argument which links the industrial revolution to the liberal democratic system we live in today - which is definitely important in politics!

    Some areas of history were more relevant to my politics study than others - having a knowledge of history is by no means the be all and end all, but I felt that it sometimes provided that extra bit of understanding that I needed.

    Fred - UEA PG Rep
 
 
 
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