If you want to understand the past to prepare for your future in a changing world, studying History is the way forward. A knowledge of politics helps you to understand what governments do, shedding light on how some of history’s pivotal events were motivated by the political leaders of the day.
Whatever your interests – whether cultural, social, military, political, economic or religious history – there is someone in the department teaching your kind of history. Moreover, historians in other departments in the University expand the range of courses on offer, notably in the fields of Byzantine and African history.
The DETC has a broad expertise covering all areas of Political Science allowing you to learn from true specialists, with long-established strengths in the fields of political theory, European politics, international relations theory, security studies, diplomatic studies, political sociology, political economy, environmental politics, Pacific Asian politics and British politics.
Both fields of study help you to acquire important analytical and research skills. You will be investigating unfamiliar territory questioning some of the prevailing myths, preconceptions and prejudices that surround history from the Middle Ages to the present day as well as learning about campaigns, elections, protest movements, policy issues and political ideas.
Why Study this Course?
- Outstanding teaching experience – 92% of our students agreed that our academic staff are good at explaining things and made the subject interesting.
- Strong employability – 100% of our students enter work or further study within six months of graduation .
- Excellent learning environment – You will benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you are a fully supported and active learner. History at Newcastle has been ranked within the Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
- Fantastic resources – You will have access to a wide variety of resources from the University’s Main Library, and the Hilton and Styles Libraries in the Arts Building itself.
- Cadbury Research Library – is home to the University of Newcaste historic collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs and associated artefacts. The collections which have been built up over a period of 120 years consist of over 200,000 rare printed books including significant incunabula, as well as over 4 million unique archive and manuscript collections.
BA History and Political Science
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
Joint Honours flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.
History compulsory modules
- Practising History A: Skills in History (10 credits)
- Practising History B: Approaches to History (10 credits)
Choose one of these two modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- The Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits)
Choose one of the following modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present (20 credits)
- War and Society* (20 credits)
- United States History 1865-2000* (20 credits)
* Please note numbers on these modules may be capped
Political Science compulsory modules
- Classical Political Thought (20 credits)
- Understanding Politics (20 credits)
Optional Political Science modules may include:
- Introduction to International Relations (20 credits)
- Politics as a Vocation (20 credits)
- Problems of World History (20 credits)
- 80 credits – Group Research; History Option A and B; choose from either History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods or *Professional Skills *please note: places on this module are limited
- 60 credits – Group Research; History Option; choose from either History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods or *Professional Skills *please note: places on this module are limited
- 40 credits – Group Research; History Option
- 80 credits – Analysing Political Worlds; Race, Empire and Modern Political Theory; optional modules
- 60 credits – Analysing Political Worlds; Race, Empire and Modern Political Theory; optional modules
- 40 credits – Analysing Political Worlds; Race, Empire and Modern Political Theory
- 80 credits – History Dissertation or Special Subject A and B; Advanced optional modules
- 60 credits – History Dissertation or Special Subject A and B; Advanced optional module
- 40 credits – History Dissertation or Special Subject A and B
Joint Honours students taking a Special Subject can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).
- 80 credits – either Political Science Dissertation and optional modules or Political Science Dissertation and optional modules; or neither and choose optional modules
- 60 credits – either Political Science Dissertation and optional module or Political Science Dissertation and optional modules; or neither and choose optional modules
- 40 credits – either Political Science Dissertation or Political Science Dissertation and optional module; or neither and choose optional modules
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)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
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.