Why does evil exist? How do we mediate between conflicting communities? Do different faiths respond differently to these questions? Both History and Philosophy explore complex issues of conflict and resolution – at an individual and social level. They help develop a clear outlook of the world, showing us how to study the connections between actions and thoughts. We’ll give you a solid foundation in both History and Philosophy, teaching you the key skills and concepts of each discipline. You’ll have the opportunity to concentrate on particular historical themes, as well as exploring a variety of periods in national and world history. At the same time, you’ll develop core skills in philosophical and ethical analysis, studying questions raised by philosophers about religion, God, mind, knowledge, politics and ideology. Our research-active lecturers will teach you to work like philosophers and historians, helping you to engage powerfully with the subjects you’re passionate about. As your degree progresses, you’ll have the chance to specialise in the concepts that challenge and fascinate you – from the meaning of life, to technology’s impact on social structures and ‘the person’. We’ll also help you to develop a range of professionally relevant skills such as project management, data collection and analysis and teamwork. By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop the skills, professional experience and knowledge to make informed choices about ethical behaviour, social responsibility, and issues of environment, access and cultural diversity in relation to history and philosophy. **Graduate opportunities** Our graduates have wide-ranging careers because they develop the skills that employers want: research, data-handling, project management, spoken and written communication, and digital skills. Typical careers for our graduates include management and business, education, the civil service and the legal professions. **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. Our students typically complete placements in primary and secondary schools, law firms, MPs’ offices, media organisations, museums and archives, human resources, as well as working as researchers in universities.