This flexible degree is delivered jointly by Politics and Newcastle University Business School.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32 points
Our Politics and Economics degree offers the exciting intellectual challenge of exploring two contrasting disciplines of central importance to the contemporary world.
In politics you study:
- international politics
- political thought
- political systems from around the world
In economics you study mathematically focused modules in topics such as:
- economic analysis
- political economy
- analysing economic data
The skills and knowledge you develop will equip you for a range of careers, and you will have the opportunity to specialise further in both disciplines as the degree progresses.
An optional year abroad is available, adding an international dimension to your study experience.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Politics at Newcastle achieved a very impressive 90% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2015.
Opportunities abroadOpportunities abroad
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in an Erasmus exchange during Stage 3.
This gives you the chance to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner universities.
Students from the School have recently studied in:
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
As a Joint Honours student at Newcastle, you will divide your time between politics and economics.
You will join a diverse and friendly community of students and academics.
Economics is delivered by Newcastle University Business School, a global community with staff and students representing 69 different countries.
You will have access to teaching, learning and computing facilities in our state-of-the-art building within Newcastle's emerging business district. Take a virtual tour of our new Business School building.
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.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Politics at Newcastle has an international reputation for research which feeds directly into our teaching.
The research expertise of Newcastle University Business School is also reflected in your choice of modules, particularly in the later Stages of your degree.
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 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.
Compare this course
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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.
- ECO1002 Economic Analysis
- ECO1005 Economic Applications and Data Analysis
- ECO1010 Mathematics for Economics
- POL1131 Studying Political Economy: Ideas, Theories and Skills
You choose two modules from the list below:
- POL1017 Governing Under Pressure: The Politics of the UK and EU
- POL1032 Introduction to International Politics
- POL1046 Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century
- POL1047 Power, Participation and Democracy: Comparative Perspectives
- POL1048 Foundations of Modern Political Thought
You choose up to three modules from the following list:
- POL2012 Politics of the Middle East
- POL2022 Government and Politics of the USA
- POL2033 Traditional East Asian Political Thought
- POL2034 The Politics and Policy of the European Union
- POL2078 Critical International Politics
- POL2082 Political Violence and the Modern State
- POL2087 Contemporary Russian Politics
- POL2088 The Politics of Africa
- POL2090 Contemporary Political Philosophy
- POL2091 The Politics of Happiness
Other optional modules may also be available from within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology or the wider University.
You choose 60 credits of optional Economics modules from the list below:
- ECO3001 Advanced Microeconomics
- ECO3002 Advanced Macroeconomics
- ECO3004 Labour Economics
- ECO3005 Behavioural Economics and Experimental Methods
- ECO3006 Economics of Banking
- ECO3009 Price Discrimination
- ECO3014 Public Economics
- ECO3018 Financial Economics
- ECO3021 Economics of Risk and Uncertainty
- ECO3022 Health Economics
- ECO3026 Industrial Economics and Policy
- ECO3027 Economics of Development, Transition and Reform
You choose 60 credits of optional modules from the following list, to bring your total up to 120 credits:
- POL3046 Dissertation in Politics
- POL3047 Project in Politics: Semester 1
- POL3048 Project in Politics: Semester 2
- POL3059 Democracy and the Constitution
- POL3063 European Union: Decision-Making Simulation
- POL3071 Student Exchange: Semester 1
- POL3076 Student Exchange (Dissertation Students)
- POL3077 Global Poverty and Global Politics
- POL3078 Britain and the European Union
- POL3079 The Government and Politics of Italy
- POL3084 Student Exchange Semester 2 (Dissertation/research project)
- POL3085 Student Exchange: Semester 2
- POL3090 The Rise and Fall of New Labour
- POL3092 Political Parties and Elections in the UK
- POL3095 The United Nations in a Global World
- POL3098 War, Genocide, Terror: Understanding Organised Violence
- POL3100 History of World Political Thought
- POL3101 Race, Identity and Postcolonial Politics
- POL3102 Peace in (Western) Political Philosophy and International Relations
- POL3103 Community Based Research in Politics
- POL3104 The Fall and Rise of China
- POL3105 The New Scramble for Africa
- POL3106 Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies
- POL3107 Documentary Film and World Politics
Other optional modules may also be available from other subject areas offered by the University.
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.
A LevelsA Levels
AAA-ABB including General Studies. A or AS level Mathematics is desirable but not essential. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A) required if not offered at a higher level. A level subject combinations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
At least one A level from a social science or humanities subject such as History, Government and Politics, Geography, English or Philosophy is preferred but not essential.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAAAA-AABBB at Higher Grade. Mathematics desirable but not essential. Mathematics at grade 2 Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2 equivalent) required if not offered at Higher Grade. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted. Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in the Higher in Mathematics is required.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
A minimum of 32 points. Higher Level Mathematics desirable at grade 5 or above. Standard Level Mathematics or Mathematical Studies required at grade 6 if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
A1A1A1AB-A1A1B1B1B at Higher Level. Mathematics desirable but not essential. Grade A Mathematics required at Ordinary Level if not offered at Higher Level.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 at Merit. A mathematic unit is required with Distinction if evidence of mathematical ability is not demonstrated by previous qualifications.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, D3 - D3, M2, M2 in Principal Subjects. Mathematics is desirable but not essential. At least one from a social science or humanities subject such as History, Government and Politics, Geography, English or Philosophy is preferred but not essential. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A) required if not offered at a higher level. Combinations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBC including General Studies. A or AS level Mathematics is desirable but not essential. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A) required if not offered at a higher level.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from identified schools and colleges. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
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. INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business and Management.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Newcastle University Admissions Policy for 2016 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Politics and Economics 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.
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.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,000 per year
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year in line with inflation and subject to government regulations.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,315 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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Making your application
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