12 months
18700 GBP/year
8440 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This interdisciplinary Contemporary History and International Politics programme from University of York seeks to address these problems by bringing together politics and contemporary history, with a particular focus on transnational ideas and institutions.

Visit the official programme website for more information


The world needs better politics: better ways of distributing resources and resolving conflicts.

How can we do this when our engagement with politics is most often local and national? The politics of the future is haunted by those of the past. In order to imagine and move towards building a new future, an understanding of history must underpin national and international politics.

You'll benefit from a wide range of expertise across two outstanding departments, as well as access to numerous centres and institutes, including:

  • Centre for Global Health Histories
  • Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit
  • Centre for Applied Human Rights
  • Centre for the Evolution of Global Business and Institutions

Careers and skills

While completing your Contemporary History and International Politics programme from University of York , you will gain essential skills in research, presentation and analysis. These skills are invaluable for progressing to a PhD and for a diverse range of careers.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to careers within the following sectors:

  • Civil Service
  • Political think tanks
  • Journalism
  • Law 
  • Advertising
  • Research

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Making of the Contemporary World: History, Politics and Ideas since 1945
  • Research Training 
  • Global Visions and Local Actions: The History and Politics of International Health 
  • Mending the Past: History and the Politics of Guilt and Reparation 
  • Neoliberalism and its Discontents: The World since 1968
  • Russian Foreign Policy from Alexander I to Vladimir Putin 
  • Serious and Organised? A Global History of the Criminal Underworld since 1750 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We typically ask for a 2:1 degree in History or a related discipline.
  • If you are an international student please check the minimum requirements for your country or region.
  • If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK: £4,220
  • International/EU: £9,350

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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