Our Political Science and Social Policy degree programme enable students to study two complementary subjects alongside each other to Honours degree level.

At Newcastle, we are committed to providing students with a truly global learning experience.  Students on the International Relations with Economics BA have access to a range of exciting opportunities to travel and study abroad during their degree. 

We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.

These degree programmes help you acquire important analytical skills. You learn to find your way among different arguments, rival theories and alternative explanations. You also learn about campaigns, elections, protest movements, policy issues and political ideals.

Politics is not only what political scientists study, but also an activity in which professional politicians, civil servants and ordinary citizens take part. The politics course at Newcastle enables all students to profit from a culture of learning that is aligned with our research ethos – based on critical enquiry, debate and self-motivation.

Politics may be studied with another subject as part of a Joint Honours degree programme. In each year of the degree you take two or three political science courses together with courses in your second subject. In the first year you take a foundation course and a module in Classical Political Thought. In the second year you take any two or three courses selected from the many options available to Single Honours students. In the final year you select two or three courses from those available to third-year Single Honours students.

Social Policy is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing on subjects such as sociology, politics, psychology, history, media studies, and philosophy; hence the degree is suitable for students currently studying a range of A level subjects. Social Policy joint honours degree programmes enable students to blend the interdisciplinary approach to Social Policy with the study of a complementary discipline. Social Policy at Newcastle has been ranked among the top Social Policy programmes in the country.

   

Why study Political Science and Social Policy at Newcastle?

   

Employability

It is possible for you to gain a range of agency based experiences on our degree programme and there are various opportunities for you to do so. For example, optional modules provide placement opportunities, which students find helpful, both to illuminate their academic studies, and to demonstrate their practical experience when they apply for jobs. We also have our own specialist Internship and Careers advisors who provide students with a wide range of advice, support and facilitate contacts for work experience, placements and internships.

Student Research Internships

Each year on this International Relations degree we offer up to 10 research internships to undergraduates in POLSIS. These are open on a competitive basis to all second year students. These are fully supported, paid internships that give students the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with a member of academic staff in POLSIS on a research project.

Careers Events

In addition to the extensive careers support that Newcastle University offers all of its students, we offer bespoke employability and careers workshops to all students on our International Relations degree. These workshops run in each year of your programme and are tailored to support you with the information you need to plan should you wish to pursue employment or postgraduate study.

Professional development module

In the final year of your studies of our International Relations degree you will have the opportunity to take our Professional Development module. This module is based around a work placement and will help you bridge the gap between your academic studies and your future career.

Year Abroad

Even if you haven’t applied for our 4-Year Study Abroad International Relations degree you can transfer onto this track during your time at Newcastle (grades depending) and benefit from the increased confidence and different academic perspective gained by studying in a foreign country. We have exchange partners across Europe, as well as in Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Vietnam and Uruguay.

Institutional Accreditation 

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Political Science and Social Policy

Course Level:

Undergraduate,joint Honours combined

Credits 

120

Course

CODE U543

How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Modules in the first year

Most people have not studied social policy at advanced level, so the first year is designed to help you find your feet and get up to speed both with social policy and the other main discipline which you have elected to study.

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science and Action part 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Introduction to Social Divisions
  • Pathways to Political Research 1 and 2

   

Modules in the second year

In the second year you will focus upon gaining research skills for your third-year dissertation, plus the core modules from the other main discipline which you have elected to study. You will also have opportunities to tailor your degree to reflect your developing skills and interests through a range of specialist module choices.

Compulsory module

  • Analysing Political Worlds

Optional modules

  • You will also choose 5 optional modules from across departments.

   

Modules in the final year

In addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options, students undertake an independent research project on a topic of their own choosing.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A wide range of optional modules will be available across each discipline. Social Policy options include

  • From Beveridge to May: The Political History of the Welfare State From the Second World War to the Present Day
  • New migration and Super-Diversity
  • Your Money and Your Life: From Welfare State to Personal Finance
  • Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
  • Crime and the City

Entry requirements

 

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

 

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Throughout your time on the Political Science and Social Policy BA course, employability is a key area of focus. We help to make sure that you are employable through a range of department led and university wide initiatives which include:

    

Input from Professional Careers Advisers in your Curriculum

During the first year of your studies Careers Advisers from the University Careers Network team attend lectures in your course to support you with career planning from an early stage. The lectures will cover career planning, researching career and internship opportunities, developing the skills that graduate employers are looking for, and presenting yourself with impact to a potential employer.

   

Professional development module

You will have the unique opportunity to take advantage of a work placement as part of your final year by undertaking the Professional Development Module as part of your optional module choices.

   

Your Newcastle degree

Your Newcastle degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.