The Open University
History and Politics (Q97) BA (Hons)
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Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Politics & International Relations

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Politics & International Relations at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £29500 £28000 £29500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £54000 £18500 - £40000 £18500 - £45000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Politics & International Relations

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23777 £23498 £28660
25-75 percentile range £19499 - £27905 £18182 - £29536 £21698 - £37558

Course Description

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history while providing a critical understanding of political ideas, institutions, issues and theories. You’ll tackle challenging issues such as power and warfare, security and insecurity, global justice, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism and resistance, and class and gender.

Key features of the course

  • Study a range of periods and societies from 1750 using social scientific theories and approaches and historical analysis

  • Offers a choice of two periods in history and two aspects of politics to specialise in at an advanced level

  • Gives you the opportunity to develop an independent project on a subject of your choice

  • Develop skills relevant to political and historical research and writing directed to a range of audiences

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of History and Politics (Q97) BA (Hons) at The Open University

25% Administrative occupations
25% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Elementary occupations
5% Protective service occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Other Health Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study History and Politics (Q97), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #38 
    • #251 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #45 
    • #401 
    Social Sciences
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

See all 18 university rankings of The Open University

About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

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