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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 major philosophical questions. At ARU, you’ll benefit from the support of our dedicated staff, strong industry links, and 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
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 in King's Lynn at University Centre West Anglia

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge Theological Foundation
,
Distance learning
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Deepen your understanding of different approaches to chaplaincy and pastoral care
  • Develop specific skills relevant to your own professional practice
  • Study with Cambridge Theological Foundation, in person or online

Christian Spirituality East and West

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge Theological Foundation
,
Distance learning
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Develop your critical understanding and knowledge of aspects of the Christian spiritual traditions
  • Explore and evaluate contemporary manifestations of Christian spiritual belief and practice
  • Relate the discourse of spirituality to a range of personal, professional and vocational questions

Contemporary Ethics

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of ethics and its applicability in a context of cultural and religious pluralism
  • Learn the conceptual tools for insight into the processes of moral reasoning, development and decision making in private and public life
  • Study with Cambridge Theological Foundation in person or online

Contemporary Faith and Belief in the Global Context

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge Theological Foundation
,
Distance learning
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Acquire the skills to interpret the world from a theological perspective
  • Undertake a detailed exploration of issues of theological significance in the contemporary context
  • Study with Cambridge Theological Foundation in person or online

History

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
16 months full-time
,
28 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:
12 months full-time
,
16 months full-time
,
24 months part-time
,
32 months part-time
Course features
  • Discover how international relations theory affects real-world events
  • Develop crucial skills like decision making and debatin
  • 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.
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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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Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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"I loved the lectures and the discussions in seminars, not only because I was interested in the subject, but because you could see how passionate the lecturers were."

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