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History BA
Studying the societies and events of the past will allow you to look at the modern world from a new perspective, to compare and contrast the past and the present, and understand their connection better. The History programme at Brunel looks at the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world in the modern period.
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Military and International History BA
Our Military and International History degree examines war within the context of wider international history to give you specialist knowledge of war in history while educating you to be a historian. Our course analyses warfare inside and outside Europe (including the Middle East), covering the period from the Renaissance to the present but with an emphasis on the modern era.
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International Politics BSc 
American political issues, the Holocaust, democracy, globalisation, the Arab-Israeli conflict – these are only some of the political aspects and key events you will be able to explore in detail as part of the course. As well as providing a foundation in the approaches to, and theories of, politics and international relations, the programme will.
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Politics and History BSc 
This degree will help you gain knowledge of the exciting world of modern politics while examining the societies, life and significant events of the past. You will get an understanding of contemporary political issues by studying key institutions and players and will also explore the 17th to the 20th centuries’ world history. 
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Politics and Sociology BSc 
This degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study into both politics and sociology. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players, which form a framework to understanding contemporary social and political issues, you will study challenging sociology topics in one of the best Colleges in the country.
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Politics BSc 
Politics is a broad-based degree which provides an excellent foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches and theories, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American and international politics, and political change....

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Why Brunel 

We are a top ranking Department, which focuses on contemporary politics and modern history.

Excellent results in the National Student Survey 2014 and league tables

In the 2014 NSS, History achieved 98% and Politics achieved 97% for overall student satisfaction. In terms of overall satisfaction scores, both Politics and History stand at number 1. Further to this success, History is placed at number 10 and politics at number 18 in the Sunday Times University League Table 2013 subject rankings.

Research excellence

In the last Research Assessment Exercise run by the government’s Higher Education Funding Council, 75% of the Department’s research was rated as being of international excellence. You will be taught by leading experts and you will benefit from the strong support we offer students. We pride ourselves on being accessible and approachable, with an effective Personal Tutoring system.

We have world renowned experts who are sought-after by the media and policy makers. Find out more about their influential research in the 'Research Expertise' section (see above).

Exciting placement opportunities

We offer four-year sandwich courses (with Professional Development) as well as three year courses. Our award winning Professional Development Centre provides high quality work placement opportunities in a wide range of organisations, which will help you to succeed in the job market. Recent placements have included the following:

  • Crime Statistics Unit in the Home Office
  • Local government and Westminster MPs
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Home Office
  • Prince’s Trust
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • British Youth Council
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Political research unit at the Conservative Party Campaign Headquarters

A truly interdisciplinary approach

You have the opportunity to study politics or history, or both. At Brunel, you can make the most of the interdisciplinary research our academics undertake fully exploring the interface between politics and history.

Learn more about our scholarships, research expertise, study abroad scheme, activities and course modules in the above sections.

Research expertise 

Experts who are highly sought-after by the media and policy makers

We have talented experts in their field who are engaged in a wide range of influential research activity which is sought-after by policy makers and is regularly covered by the media.

Professor Justin Fisher, Head of the Department of Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

  • Appears regularly on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky TV, Radio 4 and Radio 5 discussing political parties and British elections
  • Acted as an Advisor to the Parliamentary Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Director of The Electoral Commission’s project on Attitudes of Agents on the Administration of the 2010 General Election

Dr Alison Carrol, lecturer in European History

  • Featured on Europe Today (BBC World Service) and Making History (BBC Radio 4).

Professor Philip Davies and Dr Kristian Gustafson, experts in Intelligence and Security Studies

  • Played a major role in the development of Britain’s current joint military intelligence doctrine

Dr Kristian Gustafson, senior lecturer in Intelligence and Security Studies

  • Featured on BBC Radio 4 and on Sky News to speak about the death of Osama Bin Laden
  • Appeared on BBC4 covering the story of the CIA

Professor Matthew Hughes, head of the Politics and History section

  • Appeared on USA Public Broadcasting to talk about Edwardian Britain for a programme to accompany the series Downton Abbey

Dr John Macmillan, senior lecturer in International Relations

  • Spoke to the All Party Group on Disarmament and Global Security at the House of Lords on the subject of military intervention

Dr Tamson Pietsch, lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History

  • Writes regularly for The Guardian’s Higher Education Network pages

Dr Varun Uberoi, lecturer in political science

  • Written for The Independent newspaper on questions of multi-culturalism
  • Liaised with the Canadian Federal Government’s Citizenship and Immigration Canada project about the backlash against multi-culturalism in Europe and presented his report on multi-culturalism to the No.10 Policy Unit

Study abroad

Fantastic International Exchange Scheme with 9 partner institutions

In today’s globalised world, having the cultural experience of living abroad will give you an advantage in the job market. You can choose to study with one of our 9 partner institutions worldwide and you will spend a full academic year in the chosen country:

  • Ankara University (Turkey)
  • Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Freie Universität Berlin, JFK Institute (Germany)
  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes (France)
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • American University of Paris (France)
  • University of Nottingham, Ningbo (China)

For additional information, please see our page regarding International Exchanges. 


Active student societies – Politics Society, History Society

You will have the opportunity to become a member of our student societies, which are run independently by students: Brunel University Politics Society (BUPS) and Brunel University History Society (BUHS). Each society organises a range of events and activities.  

Exciting associated activities

The Department runs a range of extra activities either for students or to which students are invited.  These include field trips, seminar series with external speakers and other events. For example:

  • A trip to the Don McCullin war photography exhibition at the Imperial War Museum
  • Participation in the Model United Nations in Lille, France, in February 2012
  • Visiting diplomats from the Israeli Embassy and the Palestinian Mission in London speaking on the course The Arab-Israeli Conflict