History, Politics and War Studies

Memorial to Confederate soldiersHistory, Politics and War Studies

This is one of the many successful departments in the University, with a high reputation in research and teaching, and in links with the wider community and international scholarship.  

At Undergraduate level, the department provides degrees in History and in War Studies as single and joint Honours, and in Politics as joint Honours (usually in combination with History or Politics,) or with a range of other subjects. We are also in partnership with the department of Uniformed Services to provide modules and support for its Armed Forces degrees.

At Master’s degree level, we provide degrees in Conflict Studies and Military History. We supervise a wide range of MPhil and PhD students, and are we open to informal enquiries.

Why study with us?

We offer you the opportunity to study a wide range of interesting topics in an open and supportive atmosphere that is conducive to developing your learning style. The staff who will teach you have international and national reputations in their fields as researchers and as widely published authors. They also engage with many local, national and international groups and institutions, and with the media.

All our degree courses are stimulating and challenging, providing you with insights and understanding into the outside world in both a historical and a contemporary context, and with skills of study, analysis and presentation that will stay with you throughout your life. We equip our graduates with the mental skills and intellectual flexibility necessary to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy as well as to live fuller and more rewarding lives.

As part of our degree courses, we offer you the chance to develop your own interests and future career trajectories through a variety of formal and informal initiatives. We regularly provide our students with volunteering and work placement opportunities, with all the training and support that you need. We have well-established links with the local community, including voluntary sector organisations, community groups, schools, colleges, museums, archives, publishers, and local businesses, and we provide the opportunities for practical experience which can enhance the value of your degree and help you decide on your future career.

Our subject areas

Employability 

Graduates of History, Politics and War Studies are welcomed into a wide range of professions, whether or not these require the direct use of the specific knowledge that you have gained in studying with us. Careers in which your degree will be directly relevant and applicable include:

  • Armed Forces
  • Civil Service including Diplomatic Service
  • Defence
  • Heritage industry
  • Lecturing and Teaching
  • Local Government
  • Media including Television
  • Museums, Libraries and Information professions
  • Policy Think Tanks
  • Public sector administration
  • Research and Academia
  • Social Policy research

In addition, there are many professions and businesses in which the specialist knowledge that you have gained as part of your degree, for example in local history, contemporary regional conflicts, or peace and reconciliation, will be of value. The skills and insights gained by our students into wider humanity and how people work together also make graduates in our subjects amongst the most highly sought after for managerial and administrative posts. You will develop key historical and transferable skills in a stimulating environment that is geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

How you will be assessed:

A variety of assessment formats will be used to give you experience in different types of written and oral work. Not all work will be receive a direct grade, for instance formative exercises are designed to give you the preparation you need for the assignments that will marked: portfolio, short or long essay, report, commentary, presentation, and the final year project.

How you will be taught:

Learning takes place through a variety of activities and media.  You will experience most or all of the following in the course of your degree programme: formal lectures, seminars, classroom and lab-based workshops, group and individual tutorials and asynchronous virtual learning spaces to enhance the learning opportunities available to students.  We are committed to encouraging digital literacy through the use of the virtual learning environment to promote access and through in-class discussion and are proud to have pioneered the use of subject-specific GLOs and historical databases which are central to the programme. The emphasis upon applying critical and analytical skills in a global context, the cornerstone to subsequent employability, encourages our students to gain the key qualities of knowledge acquisition and apply them in enterprising and transferrable ways.  In a similar way, the course also promotes active work-based learning. 

Student testimonialsKen

"I returned to university at 43 to study history and found the experience one I would never have missed." Graduate, BA (Hons) History

"My time at the University of Wolverhampton as a student of politics was a most constructive and enjoyable from both an academic point of view and a social and cultural perspective." Graduate, BA (Hons) Politics and Media and Communication Studies

Read our MA blogs which give a snapshot of a postgraduate student experience studying MA Conflict Studies.

Comments from our external examiner

Each course at the University of Wolverhampton is externally assessed by an examiner from another Higher Education institution in the country. These are the most recent comments from external examiners about our programmes:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules … and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level".

"In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work".

"In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

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