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l200 - Politics BA

Politics BA Honours

UCAS Code: L200 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

Politics is one of the most dynamic and diverse academic subjects available and you will study everything from pressing issues of international crisis to the latest domestic political developments.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
L200

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32 points

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Opportunities
Study Abroad

This flexible degree is an ideal choice if you have a general interest in politics. We cover all the main branches of the subject:

  • international relations
  • global politics
  • political systems and institutions
  • political philosophy

You can structure the course largely according to your own interests, choosing topics that span continents and ideologies. 

You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions across the world.

In your final year, a dissertation or research project designed by you will allow you to demonstrate the research skills that you have developed during the degree.

At each Stage, you can choose up to a sixth of your modules from other subjects, such as a modern foreign language, history or law.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

If you’re passionate about politics you will not regret choosing it as a subject here. I haven't been disappointed in a single module; they have all be extremely interesting and thought provoking.

Gabrielle, Politics BA Honours
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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules:

You take 40 credits of optional modules from the following list or the above list:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You must take at least 80 credits from the following Politics modules.

Optional modules

You choose at least one optional module from the following list:

You choose your remaining modules to a total of 120 credits from the following list:

You may spend Semester 2 studying abroad, subject to agreeing an overall selection of modules with the module leader.

Other optional modules may also be available.

Stage 3

Optional modules

You must take at least 80 credits from Politics modules.

You take at least 20 credits but not more than 60 credits of modules from the following:

You choose at least three modules from the following list:

If you did not take POL2072 in the previous Stage you may take one of the following modules, subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director.

* These are only available to students who are not undertaking a dissertation (POL3046).

Other optional modules may also be available.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Careers

Politics careers

Studying politics encourages the development of both specific and transferable skills. You will not only learn how to demonstrate your knowledge of different political systems and how to interpret political issues and events, but critically you will also develop the ability to examine issues from a range of viewpoints, construct well-researched arguments and present information in a balanced and unbiased manner.

Our courses will enable you to acquire the essential skills of research, teamwork, and communication.

Voluntary and work experience can provide you with further opportunities to develop valuable skills to prepare you for employment. Whether related to a career in politics or more general, this experience shows that you have an interest in the community and can use your time effectively, make valuable contacts and use your initiative.

Many of our politics graduates have entered positions such as financial analysts, stock market account executives and management consultants. As well as some of our graduates entering careers in politics, other career areas have included HR, education, sales and marketing

Some politics graduates go on to study vocational courses for example in law, marketing or teaching or continue with postgraduate work in subjects such as politics, business and finance.

Find out more about the career options for Politics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2013/14.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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