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L200 - Politics


BA Honours

  • UCAS code: L200
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

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

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £18000

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-ABB
  • IB: 32-34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

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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Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

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Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Quality and ranking

  • top 20 in the UK – the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 90% overall satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • top 200 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020

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.

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.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

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.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Politics stage 1 Personal tutoring module 0
The Westminster System: Politics of the UK 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 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
Politics Stage 2 Pesonal Tutoring Module 0
Becoming a Political Researcher 20
Critical International Politics 20
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Social Issues in Contemporary Political Philosophy 20
Optional Modules Credits
Political Geography 20
Development & Globalisation 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20
Politics of the Middle East 20
Government and Politics of the USA 20
British Politics: State and Society 20
Political Violence and the Modern State 20
Politics Work Placement 20
Security Studies 20
Democracy or Dictatorship? What are the differences and how do we analyse them 20
Sex, Gender and Power 20

You will begin to specialise in the political topics that are of interest to you. As a part of this, you will undertake a significant piece of independent research that harnesses your subject knowledge and the research skills you’ve developed throughout your degree.

You’ll complete your studies with optional modules covering topics across politics and its subfields.


Optional Modules Credits
Geopolitics 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Dissertation in Politics 40
Project in Politics: Semester 1 20
Project in Politics: Semester 2 20
Project in Political Theory: Semester 1 20
Project in Political Theory: Semester 2 20
Political Parties and Elections in the UK 20
Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies 20
Documentary Film and World Politics 20
Gender, Campaigns and Media 20
UK Parliamentary Studies 20
Animal and Environmental Ethics 20
Politics of Immigration 20
Project in International Relations (Semester 1) 20
Project in International Relations Semester 2 20
Mexican Politics: Authoritarianism & Democracy 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You will learn through a combination of real-time and pre-recorded teaching and in-person lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

You will be trained to conduct interviews and evaluate surveys and statistics. You'll get training in SPSS software, a world-leading statistical software that helps you to understand data, analyse trends, and make informed recommendations.

Business skills

You'll enjoy many opportunities to boost your employability.

You will also be able to put your learning into practice further by conducting real-world political research for a local organisation in Stage 3.

Research skills

In stages 1 and 2, you will be given 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.

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My degree importantly remains relevant to real-world contemporary issues, enabling me to develop a sophisticated understanding of current affairs. Also, the diversity of students the course attracts ensures I am always open to new perspectives and alternative ways of thinking.

Lucy, Politics student


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. 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

94% of our most recent Politics students were in work or further study within six months of graduation, earning an average salary of £21,779*. Of those, several were already working in the field of politics – in the Houses of Parliament, local government and the Civil Service.

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.

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

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Careers support

You'll benefit from targeted careers support throughout your degree.

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

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32-34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

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

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. 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.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

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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Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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