University of Birmingham

  • MSc Economic Development Research and Policy

    The University of Birmingham’s Centre for Urban and Regional Studies is a leading international centre for research and teaching in housing, regional and local economic development, urban policy and regional and urban regeneration.

    The Economic Development Research and Policy programme will give participants a multi-disciplinary research-based knowledge of key processes and issues at the local and regional level arising from economic and industrial change in the global economy. The MSc programme covers:

    1. Political economy of cities and regions
    2. Research methods
    3. Regional and urban economic change
    4. Economic development policy
    5. Optional modules
    6. Dissertation

    This programme can be studied on a full-time (12 month) or part-time (24 month) basis.

    A Diploma is also available – please see our website for details

    s.truman@bham.ac.uk http://www.curs.bham.ac.uk/ Sue Truman 0121 414 3260
  • MSc Governance and Development Management (International)

    The University of Birmingham’s International Development Department is committed to reducing poverty through the development of effective governance systems.
    Our Governance and Development Management (International) programme explores the long debate about the extent to which the State can act as an agent of development, between those who believe the public sector’s role should be reduced and those who assert that government has a critical role to play. You will examine: forms of governance and relations between state and non-state actors; key concepts in public sector management; practical tools for policy formulation; and implementation and problem-solving skills in development management.
    Students on this programme will participate in an organised overseas field visit.
    Participants can study this programme full-time or part-time.
    A Diploma is also available – please see our website for details.

    d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk http://www.idd.bham.ac.uk/ Debra Beard 0121 414 5034
  • MSc Leadership for Governance

    The University of Birmingham’s International Development Department is committed to reducing poverty through the development of effective governance systems.
    The Leadership for Governance programme explores: human resource management and development; public leadership; the role of governance in development; and organisational behaviour. Participants can also choose two optional modules and undertake overseas dissertation fieldwork.
    Participants can study this programme full-time or part-time.
    A Diploma is also available – please see our website for details.

    d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk http://www.idd.bham.ac.uk/ Debra Beard 0121 414 5034
  • MSc Public Management

    The University of Birmingham’s Institute of Local Government Studies is the leading UK centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance.
    We offer a general Public Management programme, as well as three sector streams: Local Government, Social Care and Well-Being, and Criminal Justice. Participants develop their understanding of democratic governance and the challenges to improving performance and coordinating and managing public services and governmental processes. They reflect on the changing demands affecting public organisations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. They build their knowledge base, leadership skills and self-confidence.
    The programme can be studied part-time over two years or full-time in just one.
    A Diploma is also available – please see our website for details.

    s.e.stewart@bham.ac.uk http://www.inlogov.bham.ac.uk/ Sarah Stewart 0121 414 8390
  • MSc Public Service Commissioning

    The University of Birmingham’s School of Public Policy is one of the largest and internationally most respected centres for the study of public policy and management.
    The first course of its kind in the country, the Public Service Commissioning programme develops participants’ understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. The MSc programme covers:
    1) Public service procurement and contracting
    2)
    Law, regulation and finance
    3) Strategic commissioning
    4) Optional modules
    5) Dissertation.
    This programme is offered as a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis.
    A Diploma is also available – please see our website for details.

    s.e.stewart@bham.ac.uk http://www.publicpolicy.bham.ac.uk/ Sarah Srewarat 0121 414 8390
  • Policy, Politics and Economics BA

    The Policy, Politics and Economics degree offers you the opportunity to critically engage with and consider a range of contemporary real-world issues. Unlike traditional single honours degrees, the PPE programme enables you to encounter a variety of concepts, approaches and methods from the three disciplines of social policy, politics and economics. This offers  students the opportunity to build a bespoke degree, drawing on the excellent research and teaching skills of three Schools within the College of Social Sciences.

    Year 1

    Students undertake compulsory introductory modules in all three of the social science disciplines: social policy, politics and economics. In doing so, students establish a good social sciences foundation upon which subsequent year modules build. Example modules include 'Introduction to Social Policy, 'Foundations of Politics' and 'Principles of Economics'.

    Year 2

    A compulsory module, 'Global Issues, Global Responses' is at the core of the second year of studies. This interdisciplinary module enables students to consider a range of important global issues and the responses to them at the international, regional and local levels. Indicative examples of such issues include risk and terror, ethics in policy and practice, climate change and technology amongst others. Alongside this, students are required to take one module from each of social policy, politics and economics. Students can also begin to tailor their learning to their developing interests, choosing from more than fifteen optional modules, including 'Comparative European Government', 'Business Law', 'Crime, Victims and Society', 'New Migration and Superdiversity' and 'International Politics of East Asia'.

    Year 3

    There are two key aspects to the third year of study: one is the dissertation, the opportunity to create a bespoke learning programme. For the dissertation, students will undertake a 10,000 word research-based project on a contemporary theme which includes elements of the three main disciplines of the programme. Students choose from a substantial range of optional modules whilst meeting the requirements to undertake at least one module from each discipline. The choice includes modules such as 'Employment and Business Development and Policy in the EU', 'International Ethics', 'Gender in World Politics', 'Knowledge, Innovation and Global Business', and 'Politics and The Media'. This flexibility enables the student to gain a broad education at the same time as developing in-depth knowledge in a specific discipline.

    If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

    Students undertake their dissertation and then choose from a substantial range of optional modules, whilst meeting the requirements to undertake at least one module from each discipline. The dissertation will offer the student an opportunity to undertake a 10,000 word research-based project on a contemporary theme which includes elements of the three main disciplines of the programme. This will encourage the student to have both a broad education and in-depth knowledge in a specific discipline.

    c.allen.2@bham.ac.uk http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/social-policy/policy-politics-economics.aspx Course Leader Chris Allen +44(0)121 414 2703
  • Political Economy BA

    The economic dimension of everyday life is becoming increasingly important to the way in which we construct our political identities, from the decisions that we make as consumers to our need to adapt to changing and ever more flexible patterns of work.

    The Political Economy degree at Birmingham provides you with a specialist social science understanding of such developments, while preparing you for life outside university. You will benefit from the international reputation of our academic staff for research in the area of political economy, and our commitment to facilitating the highest quality learning environments.

    Students applying for this degree will join the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), a department that scores high in the National Student Survey (NSS) and is consistently viewed as one of the best departments in the country.

    m.l.levasseur@bham.ac.uk http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/govsoc/political-economy.aspx Marc Levasseur +44 (0)121 414 6526
  • Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA/PGDip

    This programme offers students an understanding of British politics based on theoretical, empirical and historical analysis of the development of the British state since 1900. It provides excellent preparation for further academic research or a career in government, a range of related private sector areas, and many kinds of non-governmental organisations.

    This core pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.

    e.o.johnson@bham.ac.uk Emma Johnson 0121 414 6588
  • Political Science (Political Theory) MA/PGDip

    This Masters degree explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

    This degree is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.

    e.o.johnson@bham.ac.uk Emma Johnson 0121 414 6588
  • Political Science (Research Methods) MA/PGDip

    Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a '1+3' programme, the MA in Political Science (Research Methods) is designed for those students wishing to prepare for advanced research in political science. It requires you to take Advanced Political Analysis in addition to other research-based modules.

    This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules

    e.o.johnson@bham.ac.uk Emma Johnson 0121 414 6588
  • Political Science (Social and Political Theory) MA

    This Masters degree explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

    This degree is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.

    e.o.johnson@bham.ac.uk Emma Johnson 0121 414 6588
  • Political Science and Philosophy BA

    A knowledge of politics helps you to understand and explain what governments do. It also teaches you a great deal about human nature. Politics is not only what political scientists study, but also an activity in which professional politicians, civil servants and ordinary citizens take part.

    Our Political Science and Philosophy joint honours degree will help you acquire important analytical skills. You will learn to find your way and articulate different arguments, rival theories and alternative explanations. You will also learn about campaigns, elections, protest movements, policy issues and political ideals. 

    A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject as a Joint Honours programme, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours programme.

    Students applying for this degree will join the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) – a department that consistently scores high in the National Student Survey (NSS) and is consistently viewed as one of the best departments in the country.

    Our students particularly enjoy the opportunities to hear from influential guest speakers about their lives in politics. Recent speakers have included Alistair Darling, David Miliband and John Bercow. Learn more about your student experience.

    If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

    m.l.levasseur@bham.ac.uk http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/govsoc/political-science-and-philosophy.aspx Marc Levasseur +44 (0)121 414 6526
  • Political Science and Sociology BA

     

    The Political Science and Sociology joint honours degree at Birmingham provides an excellent opportunity to explore the social changes reshaping the world today.

    This degree provides the knowledge and skills to critically engage with key issues facing contemporary societies including globalisation; the changing nature of work and the family; gender roles and sexuality; multiculturalism; the impact of the media and information technologies; and new forms of politics. In addition to these ‘big picture’ social theories we place a strong emphasis on developing social science research skills – so valued by employers – with research methods training.

    A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject as a Joint Honours programme, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours programme.

    Students applying for this degree will join the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), a department that scores high in the National Student Survey (NSS) and is consistently viewed as one of the best departments in the country.

    Our students particularly enjoy the opportunities to hear from influential guest speakers about their lives in politics. Recent speakers have included Alistair Darling, David Miliband and John Bercow. Learn more about your student experience.

    If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

     

    m.l.levasseur@bham.ac.uk http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/govsoc/sociology-and-political-science.aspx Marc Levasseur +44 (0)121 414 6526
  • Political Science BA

    The study of politics works on two fascinating levels. First, it helps you to understand and explain what governments do. Second, it teaches you a huge amount about human nature. As you progress through this degree you will learn about campaigns, elections, protest movements, policy issues and political ideals. You'll also explore different arguments, rival theories and alternative explanations, as well as building up the analytical skills that are so important in the jobs market.

    Students applying for this degree will join the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), a department that scores high in the National Student Survey (NSS) and is consistently viewed as one of the best departments in the country. The degree at Birmingham is ranked very highly in the Russell Group of UK universities. The Russell Group is committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

    Our students particularly enjoy the opportunities to hear from influential guest speakers about their lives in politics. Recent speakers have included Alistair Darling, David Miliband and John Bercow. Learn more about your student experience.

    If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

    Political Science graduates are highly valued by employers and tend to have little difficulty finding interesting careers in all sorts of fields. 93% An overwhelming proportion of students believe that they have improved career prospects as a result of this course - so you could easily go on to make your mark in local government or the Civil Service, commerce, finance or law, or even specialist journalism or the media.

    m.l.levasseur@bham.ac.uk http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/govsoc/political-science.aspx Marc Levasseur +44 (0)121 414 6526
  • Political Science MA/PGDip

    Our Masters in Political Science is a general programme providing access to all the main intellectual strands of contemporary political science. Its core module is Advanced Political Analysis, and you have the option to choose additional modules from, for example, Introduction to Social Research, and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods.

    This core pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a  wide range of optional modules.

    s.r.bates@bham.ac.uk Dr Stephen Bates +44 (0)121 414 6264
  • Russian Studies and International Relations BA

    This is a diverse programme allowing you to combine the study of Russian with International Relations. International Relations covers such topics as politics, economics and the diplomatic history of the 20th century. Combined with the opportunity to study at a European university, this course offers a unique opportunity to learn in a truly international and interdisciplinary way.

    Students particularly enjoy the opportunities to hear from influential guest speakers about their lives in politics. Recent speakers have included Alistair Darling, David Miliband and John Bercow.

    Student satisfaction in BA Russian Studies and International Relations is high. 95% of students report that staff are good at explaining things.

    m.l.levasseur@bham.ac.uk http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/jointhonours/russian-studies-and-international-relations.aspx Marc Levasseur +44 (0)121 414 6526
  • Sociology (Social and Political Theory) MA

    With this Masters degree you are able to explore critically the development of social and political theory and the key current debates. The sociological component of this degree is run by the Social Theory research cluster, which has strengths in: critical theory; postmodernism; critical realism; the philosophy of the social sciences; theories of modernity; social movements, and reflexivity.

    This degree is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.

     

     

    r.abbinnett@bham.ac.uk Ross Abbinnett +44 (0)121 414 7739

University of Bradford

  • BA (Hons) - Development and Peace Studies

    Development Studies is a well-established interdisciplinary field that emerged in the 1960s to promote positive changes in the economies, societies and politics of the world’s poorer countries. Many of today’s conflicts and peace settlements occur in the global South, so development researchers and non-governmental organisations are turning to peace studies and conflict resolution for more effective analyses and policies. On this degree, you will study key development and conflict issues such as protracted civil wars, state collapse, democratization, globalization, gender equality, changing patterns of aid, and civil society participation. Teaching staff have wide experience working directly with international organizations such as the United Nations (for example, heading their AIDS program), Oxfam (providing policy analysis civil society involvement, gender and the role of NGOs), and locally-based advocacy groups in the developing world. These networks help many students travel overseas in the long vacation, as an intern or volunteer, or to research for the third-year dissertation. If you are hardworking and passionate about overseas development, this degree is a great start to your career: top marks in the Department frequently go to graduates on this course, and most go on to jobs in national and international development organizations.

    m.turner4@bradford.ac.uk http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/peace/undergraduate/ Dr Mandy Turner 01274 234192
  • BA (Hons) - International Relations and Security Studies

    Bradford is well-known for its criticism of the dominant ‘realist’ position of International Relations, that only force and deterrence maintain peace. We interpret ‘security’ in the broadest sense, not as military defence, but as human security linked to social violence and the distribution of economic and environmental resources. You will study both mainstream and critical theories of international relations, and see how they apply to real issues, such as global governance, control of weapons of mass destruction, globalization, ‘humanitarian’ intervention and regime change to promote democracy and global stability. You will study a range of actors, from multinational corporations, governments and intergovernmental organizations, as well as armed insurgent groups. Security Studies examines both military problems and issues of individual, national and international security in relation to non-military threats such as environmental destruction and globalisation. Optional modules include: Politics of the Cold War; International Terrorism; Arms Control and Disarmament; Global Governance; International Politics of the Environment; Globalisation, Regional, North-South and African Security. The course is taught by leading experts including Professor Paul Rogers, and staff from the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre and the Pakistan Security Research Unit. Our students typically follow careers in the security forces, diplomatic services and government.

    m.turner4@bradford.ac.uk http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/peace/undergraduate/ Dr Mandy Turner 01274 234192
  • BA (Hons) - Politics

    This Single Honours degree allows you to study politics within an unusually interdisciplinary department, with an applied approach and an international focus. This degree has a core of politics, but is draws on the insights of related disciplines such as on sociology, history, philosophy, international relations and psychology. The first year covers political theory, institutions and governance, as well as international relations theory and ethics, but also includes the more specialised and growing areas of peace studies, conflict analysis, conflict resolution, and development studies. Options cover areas such as: democratization processes in developing countries, political consequences of, and solutions to, social divisions in the UK today; international terrorism, global governance and globalization; Cold War politics, the role of nationalism, ethnicity, culture, religion and natural resources in conflict; and human rights. Small-group tutorials are held weekly in the first year, classes and lectures are given by world-famous professors such as Paul Rogers, not by post-graduates, and teaching is personalised, resulting in some very impressive final year dissertations. Graduates go into a wide range of fields from teaching, to NGOs, government and the public sector.

    m.turner4@bradford.ac.uk http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/peace/undergraduate/ Dr Mandy Turner 01274 234192
  • Economics with International Relations BSc (Hons)

    Our economics courses locate the discipline within the real world, enabling you to use economics to analyse practical problems. They will provide you with analytical and communication skills that are highly sought after by employers.

    The Economics with International Relations course combines the study of economics with international relations, and includes specialist modules focusing upon how countries relate to each other within the areas of war and peace, multinational corporations, terrorist groups and government. You will also write a dissertation in the context of economics, exploring its connection with issues in international relations.

    http://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/view/?c=economics-with-international-relations-bsc-3-years
  • History and Politics BA (Hons)

    Our joint Honours programme allows you to combine History with degree-level study of Politics, with a roughly equal amount of time spent on each. Our History provision concentrates on the making of modern Europe since the French Revolution of 1789. The Politics modules, which are taught by colleagues in the prestigious Division of Peace Studies, cover elements including political theory, institutions and governance, international relations and area studies.

    http://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/view/?c=history-and-politics-ba-3-years
  • MA/PG Diploma – African Peace and Conflict Studies

    This programme explores the nature, dynamics and complexity of the links between peace, conflict, security, development, and democratisation in Africa, with a focus on cross-cutting thematic issues including armed conflict, poverty and underdevelopment, HIV/AIDS, resources and terrorism, among others. Delivered by staff with a high profile in academic and policy circles, the programme promotes an advanced understanding of the competing theories, concepts, interpretations, discourses and policies on history, politics, conflict and development in Africa, and their application to contemporary issues in a global, regional and local context (humanitarian, developmental, peace and security related) that underlie interventions in Africa, and their consequences.

    You will also acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of methodologies of conflict analysis, management, resolution and peace-building in an African context.

    t.g.gallagher@bradford.ac.uk http://www.bradford.ac.uk/postgraduate/african-peace-and-conflict-studies/ Professor Tom Gallagher 01274 234171
  • MA/PG Diploma – Conflict Resolution

    Conflict resolution is now a global activity and concerns engaging both academics and practitioners in finding durable solutions to the most pressing conflicts of the twenty-first century.

    This course attracts students from all over the world, and the optional modules reflect the key expertise of the faculty.

    You will acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of:

    • The theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts
    • The emergence, nature and significance of conflict analysis/ conflict resolution as a distinct field of academic enquiry
    • The nature of conflict and the variety of mechanisms and processes available for its management and resolution

    You will also acquire a strong ability to evaluate different explanations of conflict analysis/conflict resolution and to articulate such evaluations at recognised postgraduate level.

    Conflict Resolution is concerned with understanding the causes, dynamics and consequences of conflict, and employing that knowledge in practical efforts to mitigate or resolve conflict, and to respond to some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. This MA balances formal academic study and vocationally-relevant learning, opening up options for careers ranging from local mediation to work with international peacebuilding or humanitarian organisations.

    A graduate of this degree will be able to:

    • explain the emergence and development of conflict resolution, with an understanding of key events or trends in the 20th and 21st centuries which have shaped the field;
    • critically analyse key theories of conflict, using theory to develop effective conflict case-studies; 
    • identify and evaluate the main approaches to ‘peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding’ that are practised and theorised within Conflict Resolution, demonstrating a critical understanding of their applications and limitations;
    • demonstrate increased competence in a range of skills relevant to professional practice in conflict resolution. 
    t.g.gallagher@bradford.ac.uk http://www.bradford.ac.uk/postgraduate/conflict-resolution/ Professor Tom Gallagher 01274 234 171
  • MA/PG Diploma – Peace Studies

    The MA in Peace studies explores in depth the relationship between peace, violence, conflict, and war. There is an emphasis on theories of peace and justice and how these can be applied in a world torn by resource and identity conflicts and facing renewed great power tensions as well as an escalating environmental crisis. There are opportunities to study in-depth issues of critical importance for the future of the world such conflicts with a nationalist, economic or religious character and strategies for transcending them. Staff have gained an international reputation for research, teaching and training in these and other areas. For 12 months students customarily from over twenty countries, and with a wide range of interests and backgrounds, benefit from a stimulating learning experience with accessible staff and a rich programme of seminars drawing outside speakers often with direct experience in peace building from the local to the international level. The course provides the opportunity to study in-depth numerous aspects of peace and conflict studies particularly via a dissertation prepared after two teaching semesters. In recognition of the strengths and appeal of its MA programme, the Department is one of only six Rotary International Peace and Conflict Centres established around the world. The programme offers strong academic preparation for work in the expanding peace building field with international organizations, the private sector including the media and non-governmental organizations, as well as civil and military branches of the public sector of states which recognise the importance of promoting a peace-building agenda in numerous spheres.

    t.g.gallagher@bradford.ac.uk http://www.bradford.ac.uk/postgraduate/peace-studies/ Professor Tom Gallagher 01274 234171
  • Peace Studies BA (Hons)

    This degree is located within the Division of Peace Studies, an internationally recognised centre for excellence in teaching and research on peace and conflict issues. Within the Division, staff and students are working on a wide range of themes that bear on prospects for peace in the 21st century. Underlying this work are a set of key questions: what do we mean by peace and related concepts? What are the implications of the values we hold for the ways in which we approach the study of peace and conflict? What are the key challenges facing humanity now and into the future? What might peaceful responses to these challenges look like?

    With such diversity of staff and students, the range of human experiences of peace and conflict, and the complexity of interactions from the local to the global, there is no single response. Rather, we see Peace Studies as a space for reflection and conversations on our different perspectives and understandings.

    http://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/view/?c=peace-studies-ba-3-years

University of Bristol

  • MSc/ Dip Social Science Research Methods (Politics / International Relations)

    This MSc provides ESRC-approved research training in politics and international relations. The programme provides a thorough grounding in generic social science and subject-specific Politics and IR research methods, plus individually-tailored research training. Students study Core Skills in Social Science Research, Quantitative Data Analysis, and Principles of Social Research as mandatory generic units. In the second semester they study Research Methods in PIR, either Discourse Analysis or Comparative Political Science and one unit from a list of 20 or more options or an individual piece of work agreed with their supervisor. The Department of Politics promotes a closely-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give teaching and supervision a high priority while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bris.ac.uk/politics/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573
  • BSc Politics and International Relations

    You will explore a wide range of themes across the discipline, and with world-renowned teaching staff offering both generalised and subject-specific units.

    Politics and International Relations is based around three themes:

    • political theory;
    • comparative and national politics;
    • international relations.

    Typical units include:

    • Political Concepts and Political Theory
    • World Politics and International Relations
    • UK Politics
    • US Politics
    • Gender
    • Popular Culture
    • Security
    • Conflict and Peace-building
    • East Asian Studies
    • Political Economy and Development Studies
    • Approaches to Political Science.

    You will complete a dissertation in your final year.

    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2015/politics-international-relations/bsc-politics-international-relations/
  • MSc/ Dip Development and Security

    Since the end of the Cold War, violent conflict has cost the lives of millions of people and displaced many more, overwhelmingly in the developing world. However the causes and consequences of contemporary conflicts extend far beyond the security community’s traditional focus on military issues. They also require a consideration of many of the core themes of development studies. This innovative programme explores the linkage and tensions between development and security concerns in theory and practice. Specifically, it builds on the Department of Politics' unique combination of staff expertise and experience to:
    - examine the nature of violent conflict in the world today and the international community's response to it;
    - locate this analysis in a comprehensive theoretical understanding of wider development and security studies debates and controversies, particularly in relation to evolving patterns of global governance;
    - explore these issues and dilemmas through contemporary, empirical case studies.
    Students will study Theories of Development, Conflict, Security and Development and Theories of Securitisation as mandatory units and choose three more units from a list of 20 or more options.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bris.ac.uk/politics/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573
  • MSc/ Dip East Asian Development and the Global Economy

    This programme aims to develop your interest in and understanding of the economic, cultural and social transformations of the East Asian region. In particular it explores East Asian development within the global economy, the contrasting fortunes of the region's key economies, the specific features of the business and commercial sectors in the region and the developing patterns of trade within East Asia and between East Asian nations and other regions of the world. Optional units offer more detailed examination of developments in the Chinese economy and the political and economic relations between Europe and East Asia. You can also choose from across the range of options offered within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS).

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fssl/courses/postgraduate/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117
  • MSc/ Dip European Governance

    This programme allows you to engage with the study of Europe from a variety of perspectives - the domestic, the regional/supranational, and the global. It draws on theories of international relations, comparative politics and European integration, as well as dealing with some of the biggest practical political challenges facing Europe today. It allows you to develop your knowledge of European politics by engaging with subjects that stretch beyond the European continent, by focusing, for example, on international security, development or globalization; or alternatively by specializing in European Studies.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate/2014/prog_details/SSLF/493 Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573
  • MSc/ Dip Gender and International Relations

    This programme interlocks with Bristol's world-leading research into the gendered character of world politics. It examines and deploys perspectives from feminism, gender studies, cultural studies, and sexuality studies, in conjunction with inter-disciplinary research in international political economy, civil-military relations, international development and the study of men and masculinities. Core units will prepare you for a wide choice of options, and you will be included in the workshop programmes given by visiting researchers and associates. Students writing essays and dissertations are encouraged to bring the 'gender lens' to bear on contemporary issues in international development, security, conflict and militarisation. This unique programme was launched in 1998 with personal and continuing support from international feminist scholars, and it also has ongoing contact with leading researchers into masculinities and military sexualities.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bris.ac.uk/politics/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573
  • MSc/ Dip International Development

    The programme is designed to assist a wide range of people involved in conceptualising or administering policies which aim at a sustainable and substantial level of development in the world's poorer countries. It is especially suitable for those already involved in planning development strategies, those currently working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the development field and those planning a career in development.
    The programme combines an intellectual and academic approach with policy-oriented and empirical studies of development, addressing three interrelated but separate facets of the development process:
    - Analysis of what 'development' means
    - Studying the processes of planning (external aid, regional disparities, environmental factors, poverty, and industrialisation)
    - Examining how development policies may be delivered and administered, analysing the importance of effective political and bureaucratic structures, and evaluating the contributions of NGOs and other external bodies
    Students will study Theories of Development, Conflict, Security and Development and International Political Economy as mandatory units and choose three more units from a list of 20 or more options.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bris.ac.uk/politics/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573
  • MSc/ Dip International Relations

    This programme presents a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues. Students will study International Security, Theories of International Relations and International Political Economy as mandatory units and choose three more units from a list of 20 or more options. The Department of Politics promotes a closely knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give teaching and supervision a high priority while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bris.ac.uk/politics/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573
  • MSc/ Dip International Security

    September 11 2001 has highlighted the fact that the new millennium will not be more peaceful than the last. Instead we are confronted by a growing number of new threats in international security ranging from civil war, terrorism and transnational crime to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The variety and complexity of these threats are challenging traditional approaches to international security. States are increasingly helpless in the face of transnational dangers which cannot be resolved by national armed forces, but require international collaboration.
    This programme provides students with a theoretical and empirical understanding of the new international security environment of the post-Cold War era, including the origins of conflicts and peace, the emergence of new security threats and the multiplicity of actors involved in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking today. It aims to be praxis relevant by teaching students how to apply theoretical concepts to contemporary conflicts and current affairs. Students will study Security Governance, Theories of Securitisation and International Security as mandatory units and choose three more units from a list of 20 or more options.

    spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk http://www.bris.ac.uk/politics/ Postgraduate Student Administrator 0117 331 7573

Brunel University

  • MA Intelligence and Security Studies

    The MA Intelligence and Security Studies is taught by leading international specialists in Intelligence and Security Studies, and also involves the input of practitioners, all housed at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS). It provides a unique, policy-oriented programme of great relevance for security-oriented careers in both the private sector and the security professions. As a special feature, the programme mixes rigorous policy studies with case studies and simulation exercises aimed at honing skills in intelligence analysis. The programme is available in both full- and part-time modes. Modules include Intelligence Concepts: Theory and Policy, Intelligence and International Security since 1939, Rise of the national
    Security State, Intelligence Agency and Community Management, Intelligence Failure and Success case Studies, and the Analytical Simulation Exercise. The programme also requires a research dissertation.

    kristian.gustafson@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/intelligence-and-security-studies-ma Dr Kristian Gustafson
  • BA (Hons) Politics and History

    TThis degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study of both politics and history. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players, which form a framework to understanding contemporary issues, you will study complementary courses in history, which span from the 13th to the 20th centuries and cover a wide range of geographical locations. Our courses are designed and taught by experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history who have been nationally and internationally recognised for their work. Special features

    - Wide choice of politics modules available.
    - In the most recent Quality Assurance Agency Subject Review, our teaching was rated as 'excellent' (23/24), placing us among the top ranked Politics Schools and Departments in the country.
    - Our courses are designed and taught by experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history who have been nationally and internationally recognised for their work. In the latest research assessment we were awarded a Grade 4, recognising us as a national centre of excellence in research.
    - You have good access to some the best research facilities in the UK and Westminster and Whitehall is within easy reach.
    - You can take a one-year, professional work placement – past students have worked for the Home Office, Treasury, Houses of Parliament and organisations such as Epolitix.com and Politics International.
    - Students benefit from excellent career prospects – graduates have gone on to become politicians, join local and national government organisations, or work in the private sector.
    - You have the chance to spend a period of study in Malta, Ireland, New York, Rennes, Stuttgart and Helsinki through our student exchange programme.
    - We have good links with key political figures and institutions.

    matthew.hughes@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/search?cx=017894830914316901473%3Anzxnx9m076u%20&cof=FORID%3A11&q=BA%20%28Hons%29%20Politics%20and%20History Professor Matthew Hughes 01895 266872
  • BSc (Hons) International Politics

    This degree focuses on politics in an international context. As well as providing a foundation in the approaches to, and theories of, politics and international relations, the programme will develop your understanding of the importance of politics in a globalising and integrating world. Also, our unique, well-established and well-supported work placement scheme offers the opportunity to carry out high-quality paid professional placements in the UK or overseas, anywhere from a US Senator's office to HM Treasury.

    matthew.hughes@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/international-politics-bsc Professor Matthew Hughes 01895 266872
  • BSc Politics

    Politics is a broad-based degree which provides a good foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches and theories, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American and international politics, and political change.

    Studying Politics enables students to address critical political questions, such as: Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified?

    matthew.hughes@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/politics-bsc Professor Matthew Hughes 01895 266872
  • BSc Politics and Economics

    This programme allows you to examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making. The course also aims to impart a range of technical expertise, including quantitative and computing skills in economics and an understanding of micro- and macro-economic principles and of advanced macroeconomics.

    Programmes in Politics will help you to address critical questions. Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified?

    Economics courses at Brunel combine an understanding of theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. It is this combination together with a strong background in finance that distinguishes the Brunel courses from other degrees in economics.

    Matthew.Hughes@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/politics-and-economics-bsc Professor Matthew Hughes 01895 266872
  • BSc Politics and Sociology

    This degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study into both politics and sociology. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players, which form a framework to understanding contemporary social and political issues, you will study challenging sociology topics in one of the best Schools in the country.

    Studying Politics enables students to address critical political questions, such as: Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified?

    Brunel Sociology degrees provide rigorous training in a range of appropriate methodologies and research skills.

    matthew.hughes@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/politics-and-sociology-bsc Professor Matthew Hughes 01895 266872
  • MA International Relations

    The aim of the Brunel MA in International Relations is to equip students with the necessary theoretical tools and empirical knowledge to think more deeply and creatively about the challenges faced by peoples and states in the twenty-first century.  All students take the module ‘Evolution of International Relations’ which sets out the key approaches to the subject and how these have addressed  a range of fundamental and deep political problems that set the parameters of the international political environment.  Students then choose three further modules from a range of options that cover a wide range of topics including ‘globalisation’, ‘China in the world’, ‘war in politics’, ‘EU public policy’, ‘imperialism and culture’, ‘human rights’ and ‘influencing public policy’.  Students will also develop their research skills through, in particular, completion of a dissertation on a subject of their choice within the field of International Relations.

                Graduates of the International Relations MA at Brunel will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security.  A number of students have also elected to pursue further study at doctoral level.

     

    john.macmillan@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-relations-ma Dr John MacMillan 01895 266101
  • MA War and Conflict in the Modern World

    This MA combines the disciplines of History and International Relations to provide students with multi-disciplinary, advanced study from both humanities and social science perspectives. The degree covers the period from the French Revolution to the present. It examines the impact of the French and Industrial revolutions on warfare, before focusing on the development of 'total war' and the interaction between democracies and conflict in the 20th century. The programme looks at the 'face of battle' as seen by soldiers, generals and politicians; developments in the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war; and the interaction between war and society.

    matthew.hughes@brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/war-and-conflict-in-the-modern-world-ma Professor Matthew Hughes 01895 266872
  • MSc Public Affairs and Lobbying

    The MSc Public Affairs and Lobbying is the only programme of its kind in the UK. It provides both academic and practical training for students seeking a career in public affairs, lobbying and political consultancy, and was designed din conjunction with leading consultancy companies. The programme integrates an internship with a Public Affairs company in either Brussels or London, providing students with a significant advantage in the job market. The MSc involves five compulsory modules (Influencing Public Policy: UK Governance in Transnational World;  Parties and Voters in the UK; Public Policy and the Challenges of Diversity; Marketing Communications; International Business Ethics, Governance and Sustainability, plus a dissertation, together with regular presentations from practitioners in public affairs.

    Justin.Fisher@Brunel.ac.uk http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/public-affairs-and-lobbying-msc Professor Justin Fisher
  • Politics and History BSc

    This degree will help you gain knowledge of the exciting world of modern politics while examining the societies, life and significant events of the past. You will get an understanding of contemporary political issues by studying key institutions and players and will also explore the 17th to the 20th centuries’ world history.

     

     

    http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/politics-and-history-bsc Dr Martin Hansen 01895 267715

University of Cambridge

  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences

    If you want to study politics, sociology, anthropology, or archaeology at Cambridge, this is the course for you. It offers several popular subject combinations as well as specialist options, including Assyriology and Egyptology. 

    The flexibility of Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) at Cambridge allows you to explore a variety of subjects, many of which may be new to you (such as international relations or biological anthropology), before pursuing advanced study in one or two specific subjects in your second and third years. Alternatively, if you already know the subject(s) in which you want to specialise, you can tailor the course to suit your interests right from the start while retaining the option to take individual papers in other subjects as well.

    You'll graduate from Cambridge having specialised in one or two subjects but will also have the advantage of a broad background across the human, social, and political sciences.

     

    enquiries@hsps.cam.ac.uk http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/hsps/ 01223 334520

Cardiff University

  • European Governance and Public Policy (MSc Econ)

    The MSc European Governance and Public Policy programme is designed to give students a broad understanding of governance and policy-making issues in a European context. The course combines the study of key aspects of the European Union with the comparative analysis of leading EU nations such as Germany, France, Italy and Britain. This Masters course will train you to critically assess political concepts and arguments, as well as prepare you to pursue further research in the field of European integration and public policy.

    politics-pg@cardiff.ac.uk http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p109.html Postgraduate Politics Admissions Administrator 02920 874 588
  • European Studies (MA)

    Looking for a career in the European Commission, in the fast stream of the diplomatic service or in University lecturing? Or just want to find out more about the politics, culture and society of Europe? The MA in European Studies is designed to give students a broad understanding of European issues in politics, literature and society, while at the same time providing the opportunity to specialise in chosen pathways.

    This Master’s shows how Europe is coping with globalisation and how it is handling issues such as nationalism, regionalism and economic integration. It also looks at a fascinating sample of the literature, cinema and philosophy produced in the different European cultures, and asks: what can this work tell us about Europe today? It gives you the chance to conduct research on particular countries of interest (France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy) and even to develop your translation skills.

    The dissertation component, which comprises a third of the overall assessment, allows students to make an in-depth study of a topic of their own choice, under the supervision of an expert in the field.

    europ-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p113.html Vicky Ucele (PGT) 029 2087 0824
  • French and Politics (BA)

    Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in French opens the door to a wide variety of career paths. Students on this programme can choose from the full range of Politics modules, while expert language training is accompanied by optional modules on French society and culture. A particular feature of this four-year degree is the Year Abroad: your third year is spent in France in order to practise and improve your language skills.

    In your first year you concentrate on core modules plus your language. In your second and final years you choose from among a wide range of option modules as well as continuing your language study, with your Year Abroad in between.

    Politics as an area of study is concerned with developing knowledge and understandings of governments, governance and societies. Politics is central to our everyday lives. It is about who gets what, when, where, how and why. It is about people and power and involves drama and events of great significance for everyone's lives. Just think of the electoral struggle between Left and Right, the power play of the Cold War, and the great enterprise of European integration. Studying for a politics degree means investigating why politics works as it does. You explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability.

    French language and culture have been centre-stage in European and world affairs for centuries. French is an official language of 29 countries, of all United Nations agencies, and of many other international organisations. It is considered the international language of diplomacy, and is second only to English in its influence. French is spoken across the globe as a native or second language by up to half a billion people. The French-speaking world extends across the globe from Europe to North Africa, Asia and the Americas. This degree opens up the cultural riches of French language and culture and provides an important key to understanding the world and the way it is today.

    EUROP-UG-Admissions@cardiff.ac.uk http://coursefinder.cardiff.ac.uk/undergraduate/course/detail/LR21.html Professor Gordon Cumming 029 2087 5590 / 029 2087 0824
  • German and Politics (BA)

    Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in German opens the door to a wide variety of career paths. Students on this programme can choose from the full range of Politics modules, while expert language training is accompanied by optional modules on German society and culture. A particular feature of this four-year degree is the Year Abroad: your third year is spent in a German-speaking country in order to practise and improve your language skills. There is also the opportunity to study German-English translation.

    In your first year you concentrate on core modules plus your language. In your second and final year you choose from among a wide range of option modules as well as continuing your language study, with your Year Abroad in between.

    Politics as an area of study is concerned with developing knowledge and understandings of governments, governance and societies. Politics is central to our everyday lives. It is about who gets what, when, where, how and why. It is about people and power and involves drama and events of great significance for everyone's lives. Just think of the electoral struggle between Left and Right, the power play of the Cold War, and the great enterprise of European integration. Studying for a politics degree means investigating why politics works as it does. You explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability.

    To speak German is to be in touch with a vibrant cultural and political world. Germany's economic and political role in Europe makes a deep knowledge of German language and Germanic cultures a great asset in life and your career. Students receive a comprehensive introduction to the language, literatures, cultures and intellectual history of the German-speaking countries. The Year Abroad is a great opportunity for you to improve your German, immerse yourself in another culture, and gain further study or work experience. Most of our graduates regard having lived in Germany or Austria as one of the most significant experiences of their university studies at Cardiff, with a positive impact on their personal development and career.

    EUROP-UG-Admissions@cardiff.ac.uk http://coursefinder.cardiff.ac.uk/undergraduate/course/detail/LR22.html Ms Elke Oerter 029 2087 6247