Politics is one of the most dynamic and diverse academic subjects available and you will study everything from pressing issues of international crisis to the latest domestic political developments.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32-34 points
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This flexible degree is an ideal choice if you have a general interest in politics. We cover all the main branches of the subject:
- international relations
- global politics
- political systems and institutions
- political philosophy
You can structure the course largely according to your own interests, choosing topics that span continents and ideologies.
You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions across the world.
In your final year, a dissertation or research project designed by you will allow you to demonstrate the research skills that you have developed during the degree.
At each Stage, you can choose up to a sixth of your modules from other subjects, such as a modern foreign language, history or law.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Politics at Newcastle achieved a very impressive 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016.
Opportunities abroadOpportunities abroad
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in an Erasmus exchange during Stage 2 or Stage 3. This gives you the chance to spend between three and nine months studying abroad.
We currently have links with universities in:
It is also possible to undertake a European work placement.
Facilities and support
As a politics student at Newcastle, you'll join a close-knit community of students and academics, based together in the Politics Building.
Politics at Newcastle is flexible, challenging, supportive and rewarding. We aim to provide an environment in which you can flourish, with a commitment to excellent teaching.
We offer lots of opportunities to broaden your horizons, including work and study abroad, and an internationally focused curriculum.
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.
We have an active student-led Politics Society who organise events throughout the year.
Find out more about studying politics at Newcastle on the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology's website.
Teaching and assessment
Politics at Newcastle has an international reputation for research and this feeds directly into our teaching. Our research activity focuses on three overlapping areas:
- governance and political organisations
- international politics
- political philosophy
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.
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If you're passionate about politics you will not regret choosing it as a subject here. I haven't been disappointed in a single module; they have all be extremely interesting and thought provoking.Gabrielle, Politics BA Honours
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