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: 32-34 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.
The option to spend a semester studying abroad at Stage 3 adds an international dimension to your degree.
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 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 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:
- Hong Kong
Alternatively, you may work abroad in an approved organisation.
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 will complete a dissertation, project or community-based research module. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to conduct your own research into an area of politics that interests 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.
- 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 three modules 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
- POL2078 Critical International Politics
- POL2082 Political Violence and the Modern State
- POL2087 Contemporary Russian Politics
- POL2088 The Politics of Africa: Africa's Place in Global Politics
- POL2090 Contemporary Political Philosophy
- 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 OR
- POL2096 Politics Work Placement
Other optional modules may also be available from within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology or the wider University.
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 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
You choose 60 credits of optional modules from the following list, to bring your total up to 120 credits:
- POL3046 Dissertation in Politics OR
- POL3047 Project in Politics: Semester 1 OR
- POL3048 Project in Politics: Semester 2
- POL3059 Democracy and the Constitution
- 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
- 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
- POL3103 Community Based Research in Politics
- POL3104 The Fall and Rise of China
- POL3106 Democracy in Deeply Divided 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
You may take one POL 20 credit module from Stage 2 in place of a 20 credit module from above, if not already taken and the total number of level 5 credits studied at Stage 3 do not exceed 30. 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.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
AAA-ABB. A or AS level Mathematics and/or Economics is desirable but not essential. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A) required if not offered at a higher level.
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 essential.
General Studies is accepted.
A level subject combinations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAAAA-AABBB at Higher Grade. Mathematics desirable but not essential. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted. Mathematics at National 5, minimum grade A (or grade 1 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent) required if not offered at Higher Grade. Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade B in the Higher in Mathematics is required.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
32-34 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
H1H1H1H2H3-H1H1H2H2H3 at Higher Level. Mathematics desirable but not essential. Grade O2 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, Geography, English, Economics or Philosophy is preferred but not essential. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A or 7) required if not offered at a higher level. Combinations are 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. A or AS level Mathematics is desirable but not essential. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A or 7) required if not offered at a higher level.
General Studies is 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.
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 Admissions Policy 2017 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 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)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£9,250 in 2017-18
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- 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)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£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)
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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