The Masters in Politics explores key controversies in political science from a variety of different perspectives. It will introduce you to the major concepts in political science and help you learn to apply those concepts and approaches to explain the variety of political phenomena across the globe. This Masters in Politics promotes the study of those problems through a blend of lectures, seminars and individual research.
The course examines central questions of political science related to power, the state and the sources of political change. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political science and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.
You will take two core modules, Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis and Varieties of Politics that will provide you with a foundation for thinking about the subject. You then design the rest of the programme around your own interests by selecting four modules from a wide range of options. The flexibility of this programme is ideal for those with a broad range of interests in politics or for those who want to construct a curriculum around a particular area of interest.
As a postgraduate student studying for a Masters in Politics you will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events. You will be welcomed as a member of a variety of research groups, including those focused on British Politics, Asian Politics, Middle East Politics, European Studies, Political Economy, and Parties, Voters and Elections. These group includes members of academic staff and postgraduate research students who meet regularly to discuss their own research, recent publications and to organise research events including inviting visiting speakers.
Key issues and questions examined throughout this Masters in Politics include:
- Where does power lie and how is it exercised?
- What is the role of the state and what is its relationship to society?
- Why are democracies not ubiquitous and why do we see a mixture of democratic and non-democratic regimes across the globe?
- Why do democracies vary in their form and content?
- Who wins elections and why?
- What role do electoral systems, social context and campaigning play in determining election outcomes?
- Why does political conflict emerge and how can it be managed?
Why study this course?
- Choose from an extensive range of optional modules
- Study in a supportive environment with research-active political scientists
- Be a part of one of more of the research groups e.g. British Politics, Asian Politics, Middle East Politics, European Studies, Political Economy, and Parties, Voters and Elections
- Participate in a range of intellectual and social events alongside your programme
Who is the programme for?
This Masters in Politics will be of interest and benefit to those interested in government, the civil service, international organizations and NGOs. In all cases, students are encouraged to work closely with staff in a supportive and intellectually-committed environment.
Please note these courses have changed for 2019/20. For students studying in 2018/19 please refer to the Programmes and Modules handbook.