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Politics and International Relations

Explore the forces, theories and mechanisms that drive political decision-making around the world.

About Politics at Newcastle University

Home to over 500 students, Politics at Newcastle brings together a diverse community of academic staff who are committed to world-leading research and excellent, innovative teaching across a wide range of specialist areas.

Our Politics programmes will provide you with the chance to tailor your degree to your interests, exploring topics such as global politics, political philosophy, international relations and political systems and institutions.

What we offer

  • Innovative research-led teaching: Our academic staff cover a wide range of specialist areas within politics and international relations. They will bring political issues alive for you, and their expertise covers all aspects of politics as a discipline.
  • A vibrant and diverse community: We have a community of students that are diverse in background and opinions, as well as a student-run Politics Society.
  • Study abroad opportunity: Many of our undergraduate students take part in European and International exchanges to expand their studies.
  • Work placements: You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, gaining first-hand experience of working in the sector and developing your professional expertise.
  • Excellent facilities: You’ll study in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology’s Henry Daysh Building, which has recently undergone a £60-million refurbishment.  

Your career path

You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in politics. You will be able to think critically, assess complex material and data, carry out research and construct well-informed arguments, all skills vital to your future career.

Our graduates have enjoyed successful careers in the media, non-governmental bodies, inter-governmental organisations, finance, management consultancy, international relations, marketing and business. Employers have included the Houses of Parliament, the Civil Service and HM Treasury.

Some students choose to pursue vocational training to become lawyers or teachers, whilst others undertake further postgraduate study in fields such as politics, business and finance.

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International Foundation course

We also offer an International Foundation course in Humanities and Social Sciences. This course prepares you for an undergraduate degree in a range of subjects from law to media, to politics to combined honours.

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Find your place in the world

Newcastle University offers an outstanding student experience and a world-class education for life. Our commitment to academic excellence is demonstrated through our position in global rankings. We have a world-class reputation for research excellence.