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Politics BA Honours

  • UCAS code: L200
  • Full time
  • 3 years

Train your mind to recognise, analyse, understand and apply the theories, mechanisms and forces that drive political decision-making.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21000

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This flexible degree will give you the opportunity to study a dynamic and diverse subject area. From exploring the pressing issues of international crisis to analysing the latest domestic political developments, you will develop key skills in critical thinking, research, and communication. 

You'll gain the knowledge and skills to look beyond the headlines to analyse the key dynamics of political events, and join a close-knit community of students and staff that creates an environment in which you can flourish.

Our academic staff will bring political issues alive for you. Our expertise covers all aspects of politics as a discipline, so you can study a range of topics taught by acknowledged experts in their field.

Through a combination of core and optional modules, you can tailor your degree to your interests. You'll study topics that include a mix of global politics, political philosophy, international relations, and political systems and institutions.


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View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2023-24.

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Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

You will be given a foundation in the core discipline of politics and gain an understanding of politics at the national level and a thorough grounding in political theory.

A mix of compulsory and optional modules will help you to become an informed and engaged global citizen.

You will start to relate your studies to historical, global, national, and ideological contexts.


Compulsory Modules Credits
The Westminster System: the UK in comparative perspective 20
Becoming a Political Analyst 20
Power and Inequality 20
Politics of Happiness 20
Optional Modules Credits
Interconnected World 20
Key Concepts in International Politics 20
Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century 20
Comparing Cultures: An Introduction to Anthropology 20

During your second year, you will build on your critical thinking, research, and communication skills as you cover key political actors, issues and organisations, including political parties, in more depth.

You’ll develop critical insight into the relationship between theory and practice and how research methods used in the social sciences shape our understanding of both fields.

You will deepen your knowledge of political theory and be able to choose from optional modules to broaden your understanding of key issues and of politics in differing national contexts.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Becoming a Political Researcher 20
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Social Issues in Contemporary Political Philosophy 20
Optional Modules Credits
Political Geography 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Politics of the Middle East 20
International Institutions and Organizations 20
Government and Politics of the USA 20
The Politics and Policy of the European Union 20
Power and Poverty in the Global Economy 20
A Global History of Political Thought 20
Political Violence and the Modern State 20
The Politics of Africa: Africa's place in Global Politics 20
Critical Security Studies 20
Democracy or Dictatorship? What are the differences and how do we analyse them 20
Sex, Gender and Power 20
The Politics of Race 20
Study abroad
International Study Year Module: On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3 you can spend a year at an international partner institution.
Placement Year Module: On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you can spend a year in a placement with an approved institution. Placement opportunities are guided by governmental and institutional policy at the time.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, group-work and research projects, and benefit from our strong focus on teaching.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Reflective report/journal

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

You’ll get training in R, world-leading, free statistical software that helps you to:

  • understand data
  • analyse trends,
  • make informed recommendations

Business skills

You'll also be able to put your learning into practice by conducting real-world political research for a local organisation (including Newcastle City Council) in Stage 3

Research skills

In stages 1 and 2, you will be given hands-on training in the quantitative and qualitative research methods required for the effective collection, analysis and visualisation of data.

In Stage 3, you'll apply these learned skills in the field to your research projects.


Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You may choose to spend semester 2 of Stage 2 or semester 1 of Stage 3 on an international exchange at a partner institution.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment


You'll be based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology's Henry Daysh Building, which has recently undergone a £60-million refurbishment.


You will have one-to-one academic and pastoral support from a personal tutor and from a student.

A tutor in the department has twice won a student-nominated award for pastoral care in recent years. 

Your future

You will graduate with the specific skills and knowledge to pursue a career in politics. You will also have the ability to think critically, assess evidence, carry out research, construct an argument and articulate it.

These skills have seen our politics graduates enjoy successful careers in the media, non-governmental bodies, inter-governmental organisations, finance, management consultancy and business.

Some choose to pursue vocational training to become lawyers or teachers; and others undertake further postgraduate study in fields such as politics, business and finance.

Read what our graduates have to say about studying Politics at Newcastle University

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Careers support

You'll benefit from targeted careers support throughout your degree. In your induction week, you'll explore potential career paths.

In Stage 2, you can apply for a work placement with a local political party or charity. In Stage 3 you can boost your prospects by conducting policy research on behalf of a local community organisation.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

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This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BA Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


Year abroad and additional costs

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. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.


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