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History and International Relations BA

UCAS code: VL12

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Key information

Course type:
Joint honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Develop your critical thinking and independence of thought about the past, and about the value of history for thinking about the key political and governmental challenges facing today's world. The strength of the two world-leading King's departments offering this course - History and War Studies - ensures that you have access to a wide range of modules. BA History and International Relations is an interdepartmental programme, which stretches across the two disciplines.

Key benefits

  • The degree is jointly offered by the History Department, ranked 5th in Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2019), and by the unique and world-leading Department of War Studies; a leading centre for the study of international relations, conflicts and conflict resolution.
  • This is a cutting-edge degree, drawing on the best of both departments, and also on specialist expertise in the Departments of European and International Studies, Political Economy, and the King's Global Institutes.
  • Outstanding flexibility, enabling students to develop their specialist interests in a very wide range of areas, with support from experts on virtually all parts of the world.
  • Our location in the heart of London offers unrivalled access to the museums, libraries, historical sites, archives and cultural resources of the capital.
  • Excellent employment prospects. King's is ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018). The combination of historical breadth with close engagement with contemporary world issues makes this degree an ideal preparation for careers in government, journalism, policy development, the NGO sector, and much more.
  • Students have the option to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the second year. Current options include University of Sydney, Hong Kong University, University of Auckland, Peking University and the University of Oslo
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I chose King's College London because I wanted to study at a top university. It offers a world-class education as you are taught by renowned teachers.

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Course Aims

  • Our History & International Relations degree combines teaching from our History and International Relations courses, to create an integrated multidisciplinary programme. The research and communication skills of historical study combined with the intellectual and analytical demands of International Relations, create a challenging education pathway to provide an ideal foundation for a wide range of careers.
  • The first year provides a grounding in historical methods and in the theoretical and historical foundations of international studies. The second year focusses on the use of history for international analysis, with a wide range of specialist options. In the final year, students take a special subject and write an associated dissertation in the Department of History, and choose from a wide range of option modules in International Relations.
  • You will have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree at King’s.
  • Because King’s is part of the University of London, second and final-year students also have the option of taking history courses at other institutions such as UCL and Royal Holloway.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

Language requirement band is not set

Entry requirements
A-Level  A*AA 

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A

or

D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA 

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A 

or

D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A 

or

D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAA at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 7,6,6 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Teaching methods - what to expect

You will have regular and varied contact with staff and other students in lectures, seminars and supervisions. You will also produce an extensive amount of written work and engage in independent study. We will use a delivery method that will ensure you have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Most teaching takes place in seminars, which usually have between 15 and 25 participants and are a forum for debate in which students have the opportunity to refine their discussion and presentation skills.

From the beginning of the degree, you will analyse primary sources as well as the writings of historians and international relations experts. We ensure you are exposed to many different approaches to these subjects, and encourage a comparative approach, looking at the connections and contrasts between various times and places throughout the degree. In your final year, you will conduct supervised historical research resulting in a 10,000 word dissertation in history.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

Forms of assessment may typically include coursework, presentations and examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 60% and examinations approximately 40% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Excellent employment prospects. King’s is ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018). The combination of historical breadth with close engagement with contemporary world issues makes this degree an ideal preparation for careers in government, journalism, policy development, the NGO sector, and much more.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
  • King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees At present these are as follows:
  • •Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.  
  • •Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.  
  • You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • • Library fees and fines
  • • Personal photocopies
  • • Printing course handouts
  • • Society membership fees
  • • Stationery
  • • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • • Printing and binding of two hard copies of the dissertation
  • • Graduation costs
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
  • • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Course Aims

  • Our History & International Relations degree combines teaching from our History and International Relations courses, to create an integrated multidisciplinary programme. The research and communication skills of historical study combined with the intellectual and analytical demands of International Relations, create a challenging education pathway to provide an ideal foundation for a wide range of careers.
  • The first year provides a grounding in historical methods and in the theoretical and historical foundations of international studies. The second year focusses on the use of history for international analysis, with a wide range of specialist options. In the final year, students take a special subject and write an associated dissertation in the Department of History, and choose from a wide range of option modules in International Relations.
  • You will have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree at King’s.
  • Because King’s is part of the University of London, second and final-year students also have the option of taking history courses at other institutions such as UCL and Royal Holloway.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

Language requirement band is not set

Entry requirements
A-Level  A*AA 

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A

or

D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA 

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A 

or

D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A 

or

D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAA at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 7,6,6 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Teaching methods - what to expect

You will have regular and varied contact with staff and other students in lectures, seminars and supervisions. You will also produce an extensive amount of written work and engage in independent study. We will use a delivery method that will ensure you have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Most teaching takes place in seminars, which usually have between 15 and 25 participants and are a forum for debate in which students have the opportunity to refine their discussion and presentation skills.

From the beginning of the degree, you will analyse primary sources as well as the writings of historians and international relations experts. We ensure you are exposed to many different approaches to these subjects, and encourage a comparative approach, looking at the connections and contrasts between various times and places throughout the degree. In your final year, you will conduct supervised historical research resulting in a 10,000 word dissertation in history.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

Forms of assessment may typically include coursework, presentations and examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 60% and examinations approximately 40% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Excellent employment prospects. King’s is ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018). The combination of historical breadth with close engagement with contemporary world issues makes this degree an ideal preparation for careers in government, journalism, policy development, the NGO sector, and much more.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
  • King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees At present these are as follows:
  • •Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.  
  • •Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.  
  • You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • • Library fees and fines
  • • Personal photocopies
  • • Printing course handouts
  • • Society membership fees
  • • Stationery
  • • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • • Printing and binding of two hard copies of the dissertation
  • • Graduation costs
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
  • • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Joint honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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