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LL32 - Politics and Sociology

Politics and Sociology

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: LL32
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Master the art and science of identifying, evaluating and harnessing the political and social forces that shape our lives.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £18000

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

During this three-year degree, you will divide your time equally between politics and sociology – acquiring a rich theoretical understanding of both disciplines and a set of practical skills valued by employers. 

The course features regular fieldwork and hands-on workshops to ensure that you graduate as a practising sociologist and political scientist. You'll be trained to conduct surveys, evaluate statistics, and use SPSS – the professional-standard data analysis software.

With a wide choice of modules throughout, you can tailor your degree to your interests – whether it's the sociology of childhood or race, or the politics of the UK parliament, international diplomacy or the far-right in Europe.

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Quality and ranking

  • top 200 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • top 20 in the UK - the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 90% overall satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • top 200 – Sociology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • top 200 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Modules and learning

Modules

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, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

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 take a small number of core modules, learning how political and social forces interact, and acquiring some of the skills you will need in your studies.

You will then pick a larger number of modules, half in sociology and half in politics, covering subjects such as epistemology and social imagination, the foundations of modern political thought, Refugees and Displacement, Environment and Ethics, Hope and Despair, Health and Illness.  

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Politics: Essential Research Study Skills 20
Politics and Society 20
Optional Modules Credits
Governing Under Pressure: The Politics of the UK & EU 20
Introduction to International Politics 20
Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century 20
Power, Participation and Democracy: Comparative Perspectives 20
Foundations of Modern Political Thought 20
Comparing Cultures 20
The Sociological Imagination: An Introduction to the Discipline 20
Knowing in Sociology: An Introduction to Theory, Methods and Epistemology 20
Understanding Everyday Life 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Your work is divided between lectures and seminars, with around 10 hours a week devoted to large and small group study. You will supplement this with a maximum of 28 hours’ private study.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Dossier

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You will be trained to conduct interviews, 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

To approach your plans beyond university with real focus, know-how and experience, you can choose to take our career development module in Stage 2.

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

You will receive practical training in the qualitative and quantitative methods used for political and sociological research, such as designing questionnaires, conducting interviews and analysing data.

You will then conduct your own original research to produce a dissertation, or join a policy research group to address a real-life local issue.

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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

Opportunities

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 can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

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

Facilities and environment

Facilities

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

Support

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

100% of our Politics and Sociology students progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, earning an average salary of £22,750*.

The nature of the course makes our graduates a good fit for roles in the Civil Service, social welfare, education, human resources, politics, customer services and other roles that require an understanding of political and social mechanisms and an informed interest in other people.

You'll graduate trained to think critically and strategically, and equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of careers.

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

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Careers support

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+ inititiative.

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

ABB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

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)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£18000

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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Scholarships

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How to apply

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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