History enables us to understand how the world has developed and become what it is today. Studying events and issues from the past also affects the way we see the present and future. One of our most popular combined programmes, History and Politics provides the opportunity to link two key disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Whether you are interested in adding theoretical understanding to your interests in political history, providing historical context to your studies in political science or merely interested in combining two important subjects this programme will give you the chance to acquire a detailed understanding of history and political science. Edinburgh is an ideal location for this programme. As well as the superb resources of the University the city has a range of political and governmental institutions including the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government. The National Archives of Scotland contains a major collection of material relating to the government of Scotland since the medieval period.