ll32 - Politics and Sociology BA

Politics and Sociology BA Honours

UCAS Code: LL32 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

Political issues are invariably social issues, involving questions of power, inequalities, conflict and change in contemporary societies.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points

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Dividing your time equally between sociology and politics, you develop a rich, in-depth and well-informed understanding of the social forces that create and sustain political and social institutions.

Optional modules allow you to tailor the degree to suit your own interests, with topics like:

  • global poverty
  • feminist political thought
  • refugees and displacements
  • the politics of the arts

Your choice of topics is closely aligned to the research expertise of our academic staff, allowing you to study at the cutting edge of the discipline with our internationally recognised experts.

Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships are available to eligible new UK and EU students entering this degree in 2017 only.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I really enjoy the variety and scope of topics that doing a joint honours course offers. Politics and Sociology has such a broad selection of courses that you'll pick modules you'll find interesting.

Chris, Politics and Sociology BA Honours
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Course Details

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.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose two Sociology modules from the list below:

You choose two Politics modules from this list:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You take the following compulsory module:

If you plan to do a sociology dissertation in your final year you also take the following:

Optional modules

You take three modules from the list below.

You take two modules from the list below (unless you have selected SOC2070 above, in which case you take one module from the list below):

You may substitute 20 credits of Politics modules or 20 credits of Sociology modules (with approval of the degree programme director) for the following:

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.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You choose one of the following dissertation modules:

Optional modules

If you are doing your dissertation in sociology you'll take 60 credits from the list below. 

If you are doing your dissertation in politics you'll take 20 credits from the list below. 

If you are doing your dissertation in sociology you'll take 20 credits from the list below. 

If you are doing your dissertation in politics you'll take 60 credits from the list below. 

You also have the opportunity to spend semester 1 of Stage 3 studying abroad through a study exchange. You study modules that count towards your final degree and begin work on your dissertation.

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 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Politics and Sociology careers

Studying sociology will enable you to develop valuable skills which can be applied to many different careers, including understanding how society works and its diverse social situations, the ability to analyse complex data, team working, and communication skills.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop a personal portfolio of knowledge and skills in a field best matching your tastes and abilities. This will provide you with an opportunity to get acquainted with the work environment in an area of employment of interest to you.

Employers recognise that sociology graduates tend to have an interest in dealing with people and this is reflected in some of the types of jobs sociology graduates do.

Previous Newcastle University sociology graduates can be found working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Areas of employment include:

  • the Civil Service
  • education
  • social welfare
  • recruitment
  • HR
  • customer services

Some graduates will continue to postgraduate-level studies. Popular choices include Master's-level Sociology, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and law conversion courses.

Find out more about the career options for Politics and Sociology 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.

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

Fees & Funding



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.

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  • institution code - N21

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