vl12 - Politics and History BA

Politics and History BA Honours

UCAS Code: VL12 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree allows you to combine your interests in history and politics, dividing your time equally between the two.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35 points

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In order to ensure we keep our courses fresh, exciting, and reflective of the latest research developments, we regularly review and update our course content and structure. Full details of our BA Politics and History for students beginning in 2020 will be available on our website in October 2019. 

Choose from a wide range of topics including British, European, American and world history, and international politics and political thought.

Concentrate on different areas of the world from both an historical and a political perspective, or develop your interest in particular approaches to the study of history or politics.

Explore and evaluate different forms of historical evidence and benefit from the University's historic collections and the acclaimed Great North Museum on-campus.

Develop skills in critical analysis, communication and research through an independent research project on a topic of particular interest to you.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Alex from the UK

Doing any joint honours degree will allow you do so a wider selection of modules and still get a great degree. Politics and history combines the old with the new. Someone once told me that history is past politics and politics present history. I can learn about how events effected people then and learn how it is still affecting people now.

Alex, Politics and History BA Honours

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change 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). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You must take at least one module in History and one module in Politics from the lists below:

History modules
Politics modules

You must select your final 40 credits from the History or Politics lists, or, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director, you may select one module from either list, plus modules to a maximum of 20 credits from those offered by other schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Stage 2

Optional modules

You choose up to three History modules and up to three Politics modules from the lists below. You must take at least one History module and one Politics module in each semester.

You can take a module for the ERASMUS student exchange programme, subject to agreeing an overall selection of modules with the Degree Programme Director. If you wish to participate in Study Abroad, you should choose one of the following modules:

History modules
Politics modules

You may select, subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director, one of the following modules:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Year 3 (Placement Year)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you may as part of your studies for the degree spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation. If you are required to re-sit your Stage 2 assessment, you must delay the start of your placement until you have done so. If you fail Stage 2, you may not complete a placement year.

Stage 3

Optional modules

You choose modules from the History and Politics lists below, totalling no more than 60 credits but at least 40 credits from each subject. Some prerequisites may apply.

History modules
Politics modules

Subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director, you may select no more than 40 credits from the the following list:

Subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director, you may select one of the following modules:

    Entry Requirements

    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.


    Politics and History careers

    The skills you develop as a historian are highly regarded by employers in many sectors. You will learn to critically evaluate evidence, organise ideas and present a coherent argument. You will assess problems in the light of considerable amounts of information, often conflicting, and will present complex material accurately, clearly and convincingly, both orally and on paper.

    Such skills are essential in a wide range of careers – including commercial management and administrative roles in the public, private and charitable sectors. As a result our graduates enter a variety of careers:

    • finance
    • management
    • information
    • education
    • human resources
    • media
    • marketing
    • legal services

    A survey by David Nicholls of Manchester Metropolitan University revealed that History turns out more directors of top companies than any other subject.

    You can also make direct use of your knowledge of history in certain sectors including undertaking specialised research, publishing, information management, archivist, museum and curatorial work, plus other opportunities across the cultural and heritage sector.

    Qualities such as self-motivation, teamwork ability and leadership may also be gained through non-academic activities and work experience and prepare you for a range of careers.

    Find out more about the career options for Politics and History from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

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

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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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