l200 - Politics BA

Politics BA Honours

UCAS Code: L200 (full time: 3 Years)

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


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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: 32-34 points

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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, you will complete a dissertation, research project or community-based research module. This will demonstrate the research skills that you have developed during your 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

Meet Temi from the United States of America

I most enjoy learning about international relations and how different states interact with one another. My favourite module so far has been Order & Disorder in the 21st Century, which has a pretty self-explanatory name, but I enjoyed learning about historical events and the effects they’ve had on the contemporary world and how they have influenced our views on society today.

Temi, Politics BA Honours
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Course Details

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose at least one of the following modules:

You take your remaining credits (to a total of 120 credits) from the following list:

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

*This module is not compulsory for students taking POL2072.

Optional modules

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

*Permission to take this module is subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director.

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.

In this case you will not be able to study POL2078. With the approval of the Degree Programme Director alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected.

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.

Year 3 (Placement Year)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you may as part of your studies for the degree spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation. If you are required to re-sit your Stage 2 assessment, you must delay the start of your placement until you have done so. If you fail Stage 2, you may not complete a placement year.

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 two lists:

*You may only take one of these modules. Permission to take these modules is subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director. 

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.

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected.

    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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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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    • institution code - N21

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