BA Political Science and Sociology
Undergraduate,joint Honours combined
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 Years)
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
Modules in the first year
- Understanding Politics
- Introduction to Social Divisions
- The Sociological Imagination
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Pathways to Political Research 1 and 2
- Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action I and II
Modules in the second year
- Analysing Political Worlds
- Global Societies
- Modern Sociological Theory
Your second year of study will also provide you with the opportunity to undertake more specialised study in areas of the subject that interest you. You will be able to choose three optional modules from the extensive list of modules that we offer. These modules will build on the knowledge and skills you have acquired thus far on your degree and allow you to tailor your studies in a way that best fits with your interests and future plans.
|Public Choice Theory||Gender and Sexuality||International Political Economy|
|Diplomatic History post 1945||British Politics||International Relations Theory|
|International Security||International Politics & Security in Russia & Eurasia||`Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective|
|Global Governance||Islam and Politics in Europe||Comparative Politics|
|Exploring Europe: Politics, Economics and Culture||European Union Politics||Introduction to US Domestic Politics|
|International Politics of East Asia||Understanding Foreign Policy|
Modules in the final year
- Contemporary Social Theory
On this pathway you will write a 10,000 word dissertation in either DETC or Sociology on a topic of your choice. You will be guided and supported by a supervisor who is an expert in your area of interest. In addition to writing the dissertation you will be able to take three optional modules.
On the second pathway you take the module Problems in World Politics. This module is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge they have acquired on their degree to real world policy problems in politics. In addition to this independent study module you will be able to take four optional modules.
|Power in Britain||Left Parties and Protest Movements||Technology & Society|
|Issues in US Domestic Politics||Sociology of Film||Sociology of Personal Life|
|Political Sociology||Sociology of Success and Fame||Democracy and Authoritarianism in Contemporary Europe|
|Politics in Russia||The EU in a Globalised World||Parliamentary Studies|
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a US 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,. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section.
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.
Throughout your time on the Political Science and Sociology 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.
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 Political Science and Sociology 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.
Your Newcastle degree
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.