This degree allows you to combine your interests in history and politics, dividing your time equally between the two.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
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 rankingQuality and ranking
History at Newcastle ranks in the top 20 UK universities in The Complete University Guide 2017.
Flexible degree structureFlexible 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:
- a modern language
Study abroadStudy 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:
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.
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.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- teamwork exercises
- research projects
You will be assessed by written examinations and course work, such as:
- documentary commentaries
- group presentations
- literature reviews
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.
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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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