Studying History and Politics has been incredibly valuable in developing me academically and personally.
The content of the course is largely interesting and varied, particularly once you pass through first year. Due to the joint nature of the degree, you have no choice of modules in your first year and as such must study the core modules for both history and politics. Sometimes these can be more slow paced, and occasionally feel slightly redundant. However, once you pass into second year and above, the range of modules to choose from is incredibly varied. The modules I have studied in my second year were engaging, covered a broad range of issues with a decent degree of complexity and were challenging yet manageable.
Generally staff have always been available to speak whenever I need to discuss my work with them.
Work is assessed through either long essays or written exams. Whilst the long essays are worthwhile, I found that the time constraints in the exam to be so severe that it often seemed counterproductive. For example, for an exam worth half of a politics, I had only 90 minutes to write two full essays.
Overall, I have found my course engaging yet academically challenging, though I have always felt I have had sufficient support throughout it.