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You want to learn more about how history has shaped modern times; explore politics, social issues and public services; or tackle the philosophical questions that have captivated humanity for millennia. At ARU, you’ll benefit from the support of our dedicated staff and strong industry links, as well as opportunities to go on work placements. Develop your thinking, along with important skills for your future career.

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Criminology and Sociology

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Delve in to understanding pressing crime and social issues
  • Examine the trial process, methods of rehabilitation and more
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

History

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years
,
4 years with placement
,
4 years with foundation
Course features
  • Come face-to-face with the past to reflect on the present and future
  • Hands-on experiences with our local links in Cambridge
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

History and Sociology

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
University Centre West Anglia (King's Lynn)
Available as:
3 years
Course features
  • Develop an understanding of past societies and patterns of social change
  • Learn to examine contemporary issues from historical and sociological standpoints
  • Study at University Centre West Anglia

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Blended learning
,
Distance learning
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Gain an in-depth understanding of pastoral theology as it relates to the goals of chaplaincy and care. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

Contemporary Ethics

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Gain an in-depth understanding of ethics and how its applied in the context of cultural and religious pluralism. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

Contemporary Faith and Belief in the Global Context

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Blended learning
,
Distance learning
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Join a timely debate about the role of faith and belief, and acquire skills to interpret the world from a theological perspective. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

History

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
16 months full-time
,
28 months part-time
,
33 months part-time
Course features
  • Explore contrasting periods of history
  • Develop your critical awareness and research skills
  • Become a true historian, able to sustain arguments and solve problems

International Relations

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Discover how international relations theory affects real-world events, and develop crucial skills like decision making and debating. With prestigious guest lecturers and visits to think tanks such as Chatham House, you’ll gain all the experience you need for a role in global politics.

History

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to join one of our research projects or explore your own interests in History, supported by the expertise of our staff.

International Relations

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Explore international relations in theory and practice: our PhD programme will support you in discovering and creating new knowledge about global politics and international relations.
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Our degrees let you explore your interests, boost your knowledge and expand your horizons. They’re designed with your career in mind. In social sciences, that means you’ll be supported by research-active staff and leading practitioners from the fields of history, sociology and international relations.

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  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
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