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Government and European Union Studies, BA (Hons), Newcastle University

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Newcastle University

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About Government and European Union Studies, BA (Hons) - at Newcastle University

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of the politics and culture of the European Union and its member states, with study of a modern European language.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32-34 points

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Work placement

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You also spend a year abroad studying at one of our partner universities in Europe or on a work placement.

You can choose the following languages from beginners' or more advanced levels:

  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

You'll learn about the politics of the UK and the EU, and take part in an exciting EU decision-making simulation project.

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.

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. 

Year abroad

Year abroad

A year abroad is a compulsory part of this degree. You can spend it studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement abroad.

  • Gain first-hand insight into the international political environment and different cultures
  • Develop your language skills and intercultural awareness
  • Stand out from the crowd with future employers

We currently have links with highly-rated politics departments in universities in:

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden

You will receive plenty of support to help prepare you for your time abroad, and whilst you are away.

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.

Our approach

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.

Social activities

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

Teaching methods

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

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

Assessment methods

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.

Find out more

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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    Entry requirements

    Entry Requirements
    A Level: AAA-ABB
    IB: 32-34 points

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