The Joint Honours Programme in History and International Studies provides students with an intellectual training in disciplines that are complementary and mutually enriching. The programme enables students to appreciate how historical events shape modern issues and how such themes are to be understood and explained through insights into political analysis (eg political theory, political institutions, international relations). It offers students the opportunity to analyse country-based developments across the globe and pays specific attention to the histories and politics of Africa, Europe and the America.
History and International Studies Degree highlights
History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016.
- Study Abroad: all students within this degree programme will have the possibility of opting to study for a semester abroad in their third year at an English-speaking university in mainland Europe. There isalso a possibility for some to spend an additional year in the United States under the Study USA programme.There is also a possibility for some to spend an additional year in the United States under the Study USA programme.The School also has links with Queen's University's Global Research Centre, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Many of the School's staff are Fellows in the Mitchell Institute, where they work in collaboration with experts in peace and conflict studies from other disciplines such as law, sociology, and the creative arts.
- The study of politics is not directed towards any one professional pathway, but rather provides the generic skills for success in a number of professional fields including the civil service, media, the charity sector, education, etc.
- The School offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we can offer students placements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland.
World Class Facilities
- Top Ranking: History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2014.Research-led Teaching: the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that History at Queen's is producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen's in the top 10 of UK history departments. The School hosts many research seminars, conferences and lectures, including the annual highlight of the Wiles lecture series.International Studies is one of the largest institutional centres for the study of these subjects in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Prof. Yvonne Galligan, OBE, is an internationally recognised expert in the politics of gender. She was a member of an Independent Commission of Inquiry on The Consequences of Devolution for the UK House of Commons (the McKay Commission), in 2013. She was also independent chairperson of the Markievicz Commission in Ireland on measures to implement the candidate gender quota of 30%, in 2014. She was awarded an OBE in the Birthday 2014 Honours List. Prof. Beverley Milton Edwards has advised various governments in her role as an expert on the Middle East, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brooking Institution. Prof. David Phinnemore is an expert on EU Treaty reform and EU enlargement, which led to his secondment as an advisor to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
- Our uniquely supportive pastoral care/ personal tutor system is equalled only by the academic guidance available. Our vibrant Politics Society (Polysoc) and History provides a welcome and stimulating environment for new students.
Mark Jose Sandy, Cambridgeshire, England
2nd Year, BA Single Honours History
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers, including NI government departments and the North/South Ministerial Council, who provide sponsorship for our internships. In addition, the School offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we can offer students placements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland.
Employment after the Course
Skills to enhance employability
Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by local, national and international employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History and International Studies.
Studying for a degree in History and International Studies at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by local, national and international employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History and International Studies. Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the public and voluntary/community sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the private sector, working in industries from management consultancy to law and journalism.
Various serving politicians have studied in the School, including Ian Paisley Jr (MP), the Green Party Leader, Stephen Agnew, and ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.