This programme encourages you to pursue your own historical interests while developing critical thinking and communication skills for post-university life. In the group project you will work as a team and present the results of your research to the general public. The year abroad allows you to experience an entirely new culture and learn or develop another language. This degree is one of the most popular of our combined history degrees. Core courses examine theories and methods in politics and history and a range of complementary options is available in both subjects. You can explore state structures and the political ideologies of British, European, American and Asian contexts alongside the modern history of these regions. The year abroad will give you the opportunity to study for an academic year at a university in another part of the world. Destinations include Europe, Asia and North America. Southampton is ranked in the top three history departments for research, meaning our students learn from world-leading researchers (REF, 2014). We offer extremely flexible degree programmes, with a rare breadth of topics not commonly taught in British universities. Our unique archival resources include the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten Papers, and the Parkes Archives specialising in Jewish history.