This three-year joint honours degree focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically analyse historical and political topics. You'll graduate as a confident independent learner with a specialist knowledge in areas of interest to you.
You'll be able to follow your own path, choosing to study modules which are closely related, or cast your net wide, studying topics that span six continents.
You’ll study in a research-led environment, alongside scholars at the forefront of their fields. You'll also improve your research skills, completing a range of research projects during your degree.
In history, you'll explore themes including revolution, slavery, radicalism, medical history, and religion across a variety of periods, geographies and cultures. In politics, you'll look at global politics, political philosophy and international relations.
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.
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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.
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.
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 175 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- 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'll build a foundation to become an independent learner and critical reader/thinker through compulsory modules.
Optional modules give an overview of our range, whether that be the major pathways in Politics (such as political thought and international politics), or the chronological and cultural variety of History.
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You’ll choose six optional modules in total – three each from Politics and History. Through these modules you’ll deepen your subject knowledge and build on your skills from Stage One.
You'll critically engage with the topics you're studying and become a confident participant in our learning community. If you are thinking about undertaking an optional dissertation in Stage Three, you’ll select modules to prepare you for this.
- Prehistoric Europe
- Aegean Prehistory
- Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian
- The Medieval World: AD 400-1500
- Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492)
- Hellenistic Empires from Alexander to Cleopatra
- Slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity
- Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors
- Social Histories of Alcohol: Britain and Ireland, 1700 - Present
- Oral History and Memory
- Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past
- 1968: A Global Moment?
- Prayer, Poetry and Travel: Communication in the Medieval World
- A History of Radical vs Conservative Thought, 1640-1917
- Contesting Reproductive Rights in the UK and Ireland
- Crafting History: The Dissertation Proposal
- Disability Histories: War and its Aftermath on Minds and Bodies in Russia and the United States
- Hunger, Death, and Politics: Famines in History
- Germany and Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries
- History and Film: Representing the Past
- Ideas and Belief in Medieval and Early Modern East Asia
- Land and Society in the USA, Ireland and Scotland, c. 1840-1922
- Modern Times: The History of Interwar Europe, 1918-1939
- The Reformation World: Europe and America, 1450-1650
- The Sea in History
- War, Revolution and Union in 17th-century Britain: the Stuart Ordeal
- Violence and Non-Violence in the American South
- Researching History
- Postwar Societies: Restitution, Reconstruction, and Trauma in Europe and Asia after 1945
- Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (17889/1810-1917)
- Politics of the Middle East
- Government and Politics of the USA
- The Politics and Policy of the European Union
- British Politics: State and Society
- Critical International Politics
- Research Methods in Politics
- Political Violence and the Modern State
- Contemporary Russian Politics
- The Politics of Africa: Africa's place in Global Politics
- Contemporary Political Philosophy
- Security Studies
- Sex, Gender, and Power
- Career Development for Second Year Students
- Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability
- Politics Work Placement
- Erasmus Student Exchange
- Erasmus Student Exchange
You will continue to study a mixture of Politics and History modules. This can be through an even split of modules, or a weighting towards History or Politics. You may include a research dissertation in either subject.
Through study in the recommended modules you'll critically reflect on History and your own ideas through close study of an influential work. You'll also broaden your horizons by considering the uses and abuses of history in public life.
- History and Society
- Reading History
- Early Medieval Britain
- The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours
- Frontier Communities of Roman Britain
- Historical Archaeology of Britain 1500-Present
- Origins and Transformations: Early Prehistoric Europe
- Sex, bodies and identities in Classical Greece
- The Life and Afterlife of Alexander the Great
- Geographical Knowledge in the Ancient World
- Celluloid History II
- Elizabeth I: the Politics of Religion
- China in Revolution
- The Great Patriotic War and its Aftermath
- The Nazi New Order in Europe
- The American Civil War, 1861-1865
- Madness, Nerves and Narratives in Georgian Britain, c. 1714-1830
- The English Revolution, 1640-1660
- The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923
- Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1914
- Living together: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Iberia
- British Foreign Policy since Suez
- Birth Control in the 19th & 20th Centuries
- Jarrow Crusade
- The Spanish Second Republic and Civil War, 1931-1939
- Civil Rights and Armalites: Northern Ireland since 1969
- Genocide and Justice in the 20th Century: From the Armenian Genocide to the International Criminal Court
- Civil Rights in America, 1948-1975
- The Mexican Revolution
- Post-Revolutionary Mexico: From Zapata to the Zapatistas
- Royal Portraits: Christian Kings and Kingship, c. 870-c. 930
- Viking-Age Scandinavia
- Women in Colonial South Asia: Tradition, Reform and Modernity
- Imagined Futures
- Islamism and its Origins
- God's Terrible Voice: the experience and impact of Plague in England, 1500-1722
- Talking Cures and Troubles: An Oral History of Health and Medicine in Britain, c. 1948-2000
- Punishing the Criminal Dead: Crime, Culture, and Corpses in Modern Britain
- Russian Cities and Culture from Peter the Great to the Revolution
- Lunatic to Citizen Madness and Society since 1900
- The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1961-1990
- Inter-American Relations from the Spanish-American War (1898) to the end of the Cold War (1989/1991)
- Democracy and the Constitution
- The Government and Politics of Italy
- Political Parties and Elections in the UK
- The Fall and Rise of China
- Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies
- The Politics of the Far Right in Europe
- Gender, Campaigns and Media
- International Organisation and Diplomacy
- UK Parliamentary Studies
- Animal and Environmental Ethics
- The Ethics of War
- Politics of Immigration
- Environmental Governance and Policy
- Politics of Happiness
- Mexican Politics: Authoritarianism & Democracy
- Writing History
- Dissertation in Politics
- Project in Politics: Semester 1
- Project in Politics: Semester 2
- Community-based Research in Politics
- Career Development for Final Year Students
- Applied Entrepreneurship
Teaching and assessment
Most of your modules will be delivered through lectures and seminars. Seminars become more important in Stage 2 and 3, reflecting your development into a confident and skilled independent learner and part of the School's wider learning community.
In Politics, you'll also focus on public speaking, with in-class debates used to test, defend and refine your ideas.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You'll benefit from a range of field trips to places such as:
- local museums
You'll also have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience carrying out community-based politics research. You'll support a local institution or non-governmental organisation and apply some of your learned skills in the workplace.
You'll be able to choose to complete an independent research project in Stage 3. You can either complete a dissertation, or the more practical option of hands-on research within the community.
You'll learn to plan, develop and implement a project, while contributing to academic knowledge, or having an impact on the community.
You can also apply for a vacation scholarship, where you can work alongside researchers. You'll gain first-hand experience of working on a project and develop key skills, such as:
- researching new material
- collecting, analysing and interpreting social data
- carrying out research in challenging environments
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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.
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.
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.
Facilities and environment
You'll be based at our city-centre campus between the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, in the historic Armstrong Building and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, in the recently refurbished Henry Daysh Building.
You'll have access to a range of on-campus facilities, including:
- the Great North Museum: Hancock, with its Antiquarian Library and range of artefacts
- the Special Collections in the Robinson Library
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
Our Politics and History graduates are in high demand when they complete this course. 89% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating*.
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Join our network of successful graduates
On graduation from our degree courses, you will have the proven ability to think critically, assess complex material and data, carry out research, construct a well-informed argument and articulate it on paper and in person.
Some of our graduates have used this powerful combination of skills to progress directly into careers in politics, economics and international relations – for employers such as the Houses of Parliament, HM Treasury, local government, the Civil Service, inter-governmental organisations and public affairs consultancies.
Others have applied their skills with equal success in the media, law, finance, management consultancy, education, human resources, marketing, business and academia.
Our Politics graduates include MPs in Westminster, fast-track civil servants in the Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions, parliamentary researchers, and Brussels-based public affairs consultants.
Our staff also maintain strong links with governmental bodies such as the UK and Scottish Parliaments, NATO and the EU.
Make a difference
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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
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.Apply through UCAS
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