l241 - Government and European Union Studies BA

Government and European Union Studies BA Honours

UCAS Code: L241 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of the politics and culture of the European Union and its member states, with study of a modern European language.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32-34 points

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The last intake for this course is for 2019 entry, we will not be accepting applications for this course after 2019.

You also spend a year abroad studying at one of our partner universities in Europe or on a work placement.

You can choose the following languages from beginners' or more advanced levels:

  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

You'll learn about the politics of the UK and the EU, research methods and political theory. 

In your final year, you'll complete a dissertation, research project or community-based research module. This will demonstrate the research skills that you have developed during the degree.

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Course Details

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You also take 20 or 40 credits of language modules - see the options provided during induction week. 

All of our languages may be taken from beginners' level, intermediate (eg post-GCSE/AS level) or post-A level.

Optional modules

You choose two or three modules from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available, including modules in a second foreign language.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

At either Stage 2 or Stage 3 you must take one of the following optional modules:

You take one of the following language modules to build on your language skills developed in Stage 1. Options include the following modules but students should refer to the supplementary regulation from the School of Modern Languages for more information:

Optional modules

You choose modules from the following list to bring your total credits to 120:

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

Other optional modules may also be available.

Year 3 Year Abroad in Europe

You are normally expected to spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 studying at a European university or on a politics-based work placement in another European country.

Several of our current students, for example, are spending their year abroad interning at a PR firm in Brussels.

We currently have links with highly rated politics departments at universities in:

  • Lyon (France)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Madrid (Spain)
  • Granada (Spain)

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You take at least 20 and no more than 60 credits of optional modules from the following list:

Optional modules

You take one of the following modules, if not already taken at Stage 2:

You then choose modules from the Stage 2 optional modules listed above and/or from the following Stage 3 optional modules to bring your total credits to 120:

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

    Entry Requirements

    For entry grade requirements for students entering the University through Clearing in September 2019 call our Clearing hotline.

    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.


    Government and European Union Studies 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.

    There are very few careers where a degree in politics is essential; however, there are many careers where a politics degree is useful, including journalism, not-for-profit sector, civil service, social or political research.

    Many politics graduates choose careers unrelated to their degree, the most common types of work being in general administration and management, business and finance, marketing, sales and advertising.

    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 graduates from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

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    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.

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    • institution code - N21

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