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Our Politics and Economics degree offers the exciting intellectual challenge of exploring two contrasting disciplines of central importance to the contemporary world.
In politics you study:
- international politics
- political thought
- political systems from around the world
In economics you study mathematically focused modules in topics such as:
- economic analysis
- political economy
- analysing economic data
The skills and knowledge you develop will equip you for a range of careers, and you will have the opportunity to specialise further in both disciplines as the degree progresses.
The option to spend a semester studying abroad at Stage 3 adds an international dimension to your degree.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and ranking
Quality and ranking
Politics at Newcastle achieved a very impressive 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016.
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in an Erasmus exchange during Stage 3.
This gives you the chance to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner universities.
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Facilities and support
Facilities and support
As a Joint Honours student at Newcastle, you will divide your time between politics and economics.
Politics is delivered by the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, located in the dedicated Politics Building next door to the University's main library building.
You will join a diverse and friendly community of students and academics.
Economics is delivered by Newcastle University Business School, a global community with staff and students representing 69 different countries.
You will have access to teaching, learning and computing facilities in our state-of-the-art building within Newcastle's emerging business district. Take a virtual tour of our new Business School building.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can 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.
You will have opportunities to take part in activities organised by the Politics Society and Economics Society.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment
Politics at Newcastle has an international reputation for research which feeds directly into our teaching.
The research expertise of Newcastle University Business School is also reflected in your choice of modules, particularly in the later Stages of your degree.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- teamwork exercises
- research projects
You complete the equivalent of at least three presentations, three essays and three examinations in each semester.
In Stage 3 you can also choose to write a dissertation, supervised by a member of staff, on a topic of special interest to you.
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Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
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See how this course compares with others for topics such as student satisfaction, fees and costs and prospects after graduation using the Unistats Key Information Set.
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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
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.
Making your application
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about:
- application deadlines and other important dates
- offers and tracking your application
Application decisions and enquiries
Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.
Politics and Economics 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.
Many of our politics graduates have entered positions such as financial analysts, stock market account executives and management consultants. As well as some of our graduates entering careers in politics, other career areas have included HR, education, sales and marketing
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.
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. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
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.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
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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