Politics and History (BA (Hons))

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Politics and History at Newcastle University

Course Overview

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

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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

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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

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

History at Newcastle ranks in the top 20 UK universities in The Complete University Guide 2017.

Flexible degree structure

Flexible degree structure

This degree offers you flexibility to follow your own interests rather than follow a prescribed course of study.

See the Course Details for details of the wide variety of topics you can choose from.

You can also take topics from other subjects within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, such as:

  • archaeology
  • classics
  • politics
  • philosophy
  • a modern language

Study abroad

Study abroad

Studying abroad as part of your degree is a fun, challenging experience that will broaden your cultural horizons.

It will increase your employability and help you acquire a range of practical life skills. It's also a chance to improve your language skills and develop an international network of friends.

UK and EU students have the opportunity to take part in a study abroad exchange in either Stage 2 or Stage 3.

You can study in a European country, including:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Slovenia

You can also choose to study in a non-European country, such as Australia, the USA or Hong Kong.

Facilities and support

As a joint honours student at Newcastle, you will divide your time between politics and history.

Politics is delivered by the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology and History is delivered by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.


In both schools you have access to modern teaching and learning facilities.

University-wide facilities include the multi-award-winning University Library Service, with over one million books, a huge range of electronic resources, and a Special Collections department with excellent historical and literary books and manuscripts.

The University-led Great North Museum is adjacent to campus. It has world-class archaeological treasures and a resource-rich library.


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.

Social activities

You will have the opportunity to take part in activities organised by the Politics Society and History Society.

Teaching and assessment

Study at the cutting edge

Both the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology have an international reputation for their research. This research feeds directly into our teaching, so you are learning at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Find out more about our history research and our politics research.

Teaching methods

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • teamwork exercises
  • research projects
  • simulations

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by written examinations and course work, such as:

  • documentary commentaries
  • group presentations
  • literature reviews
  • essays

During Stage 3 you produce a research-based dissertation, and take two workshop-style modules where you deal principally with historical documents, as well as a module designed to examine how history is written.

Find out more

Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment 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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    Entry requirements

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

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