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.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32-34 points
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.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Politics at Newcastle achieved a very impressive 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016.
Boost your employability with a work placementBoost your employability with a work placement
Apply to spend a 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability, however it isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.
Find out more about Work Placements.
Opportunities abroadOpportunities abroad
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in an Erasmus exchange during Stage 2 or Stage 3. This gives you the chance to spend between three and nine months studying abroad.
We currently have links with universities in:
It is also possible to undertake a European work placement.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
As a politics student at Newcastle, you’ll join a close-knit community of students and academics, based together in the Politics Building.
Politics at Newcastle is flexible, challenging, supportive and rewarding. We aim to provide an environment in which you can flourish, with a commitment to excellent teaching.
We offer lots of opportunities to broaden your horizons, including work and study abroad, and an internationally focused curriculum.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
We have an active student-led Politics Society who organise events throughout the year.
Find out more about studying politics at Newcastle on the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology's website.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Politics at Newcastle has an international reputation for research and this feeds directly into our teaching. Our research activity focuses on three overlapping areas:
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- teamwork exercises
- research projects
You complete the equivalent of at least three presentations, three essays and three examinations in each semester.
In Stage 3 you can also choose to write a dissertation, supervised by a member of staff, on a topic of special interest to you.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University
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Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
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.
- POL1032 Introduction to International Politics
- POL1045 Truth, Lies and Politics
- POL1048 Foundations of Modern Political Thought
You choose one of the following modules:
- POL1017 Governing Under Pressure: The Politics of the UK and EU
- POL1047 Power, Participation and Democracy: Comparative Perspectives
You take 40 credits of optional modules from the following list or the above list:
- GEO1010 Interconnected World
- HIS1046 The History of the Americas
- POL1046 Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century
- SOC1027 Comparing Cultures
Other optional modules may also be available.
You must take at least 80 credits from the following Politics modules.
- POL2078 Critical International Politics
- POL2081 Research Methods in Politics
- POL2090 Contemporary Political Philosophy
You choose at least one optional module from the following list:
- POL2012 Politics of the Middle East
- POL2022 Government and Politics of the USA
- POL2034 The Politics and Policy of the European Union
- POL2087 Contemporary Russian Politics
- POL2091 The Politics of Happiness
- POL2092 Party Politics: Quantitative Analysis of Parties Systems and Voter Choice
- POL2093 Politics, Participation and Citizenship in the Digital Age
- POL2094 The United Nations: An Introduction to International Organisation and Global Governance
- POL2095 Politics Work Experience - Student Engagement
- POL2096 - Politics Work Placement
You choose your remaining modules to a total of 120 credits from the following list:
- GEO2047 Political Geography
- GEO2103 Development and Globalisation
- NCL2007 Career Development for Second Year Students
- NCL2100 Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability
- POL2082 Political Violence and the Modern State
- POL2091 The Politics of Happiness
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.
Work Placement (optional)
You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.
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:
- POL3046 Dissertation in Politics
- POL3047 Project in Politics: Semester 1
- POL3048 Project in Politics: Semester 2
- POL3103 Community Based Research in Politics
You choose at least three modules from the following list:
- GEO3102 Geopolitics
- NCL3007 Career Development for Final Year Students
- NCL3008 Advanced Career Development
- POL3059 Democracy and the Constitution
- POL3077 Global Poverty and Global Politics
- POL3078 Britain and the European Union
- POL3079 The Government and Politics of Italy
- POL3092 Political Parties and Elections in the UK
- POL3098 War, Genocide, Terror: Understanding Organised Violence
- POL3099 Power, Security and Protest in the Middle East
- POL3100 History of World Political Thought
- POL3104 The Fall and Rise of China
- POL3106 Democracy in Deeply Divide Societies
- POL3108 The Politics of the Far Right in Europe
- POL3109 Gender, Campaigns and Media
- POL3110 International Organisation and Diplomacy
- POL3111 UK Parliamentary Studies
- POL3112 Revitalising British Democracy
- POL3113 Politics Work Experience - Research
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.
- POL3071 Student Exchange: Semester 1 *
- POL3076 Student Exchange (Dissertation Students) *
- POL3084 Student Exchange Semester 2 (Dissertation/Research Project)
- POL3085 Student Exchange: Semester 2
* These are only available to students who are not undertaking a dissertation (POL3046).
Other optional modules may also be available.
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.
A LevelsA Levels
At least one A level from a social science or humanities subject such as History, Government and Politics, Geography, English, Economics or Philosophy is preferred but not required.
General Studies is accepted. A level combinations assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAAAA-AABBB at Higher Grade. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
32-34 points with three subjects at Higher level grade 5 or above.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H2H3-H1H1H2H2H3 at Higher Level.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, D3 - D3, M2, M2 in Principal Subjects. At least one from a social science or humanities subject such as History, Geography, English, Economics or Philosophy is preferred but not required. Combinations assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBC. General Studies accepted.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
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 2014/15.
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% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial 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.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18 (subject to government fee regulations and parliamentary approval. If the new regulations are not introduced, the fee will be £9,000).
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,980 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
You may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
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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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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