The Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences offers stimulating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in History, Politics and International Relations and Sociology and also offers courses in Philosophy. These academic disciplines each offer a rigorous and rewarding course of study and are highly respected by employers.
Teaching and Learning
The Department prides itself on the exciting range of programmes that are on offer to students and on the support provided to students throughout their studies, enhancing their knowledge, skill-sets, confidence and employability. Our staff are enthusiastic and approachable and are dedicated to ensuring that every student achieves their full potential.
Individual student development is achieved through a wide range of teaching and learning activities. Throughout their respective programmes, each discipline offers lectures, seminar discussion, class presentations, team-work, research projects, work placements and field trips ensuring that students work within a varied and dynamic learning environment which encourages them to expand their horizons. Support from staff is ongoing, delivering regular contact, both within the academic discipline and via a well-established personal tutoring system which offers additional pastoral care.
Students are encouraged at every stage to access the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered both within the Department and across the wider university. Moving beyond the classroom students can participate in subject-related student societies, access a wide range of volunteering opportunities and take advantage of the services of the University’s Guidance and Employability Team to prepare them for graduate employment.
Teaching within the department is informed by the research interests of our staff. Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend staff research seminars, offering them direct access to our developing research agenda. We are also expanding our postgraduate research community with the introduction of a Masters programme in History, in addition to the established MAs in Politics and international Relations, and Sociology.
The Department is based on the beautiful Greenwich Maritime Campus at the Old Royal Naval College on the south bank of the Thames at Greenwich and within easy reach of central London. Students have access to a wide range of academic and social facilities on campus and in the immediate area. Academic facilities include a fully-resourced academic library, extensive IT facilities and social spaces for learning and relaxing. The Students’ Union - with its wide variety of societies and groups - is a few minutes’ walk from the campus, and the surrounding neighbourhood houses a mix of shops, restaurants and pubs and a market, as well as some of London’s well known tourist attractions and a tranquil Royal Park.
Graduates of the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences develop an impressive range of skills during their course of studies, making them attractive to a wide range of employers. The splendid location of our campus on a World Heritage Site and proximity to central London has allowed us to forge valuable links with public sector, heritage and political organisations.