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University of East Anglia

  • Undergraduate Admissions Office (Political, Social and International Studies) 01603 591515

    he BA Politics degree encourages you to think about the processes of governance and democracy, th...

    he BA Politics degree encourages you to think about the processes of governance and democracy, the causes of war, the impact of the media and the effects of globalisation by studying the political behaviour of those who hold power. Studying politics trains you in skills that are important to any number of future careers; you learn how to argue persuasively, to analyse carefully and to make well-informed decisions.

    During your studies you will look at important ideas in politics: liberal democracy, the idea of freedom, and the capitalist economy, to take just a few. You will also have the chance to examine how politics works in other countries -- from the US to the Asia-Pacific, taking in Western Europe and the Middle East along the way. The degree programme is flexible enough to let you concentrate on particular aspects of politics that interest you. That might take you into theoretical debates about the nature of the international system -- or might instead lead you into detailed practical study of EU policies.

  • Dr. Matthias Neumann (0)1603 59 3657

    The BA History and Politics degree programme, taught jointly with Political, Social and Internati...

    The BA History and Politics degree programme, taught jointly with Political, Social and International Studies, offers you the chance to study history within a political context.

    As well as having access to the full range of modules offered within the School of History, you will also be able to choose from modules offered within Political, Social and International Studies which examine political issues and debate. One of our biggest priorities is giving you flexibility and choice- you are able to determine the overall balance between history and politics in the second and final years, allowing you to tailor your learning to your interests.

    You will also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular country or region, exploring how politics relates to an historical period or a particular nation. You might wish to combine study of the history of Nazism with contemporary Germany, Russian Politics with the history of Stalinism, or British history with international relations.

  • Dr. Marina Prentoulis 01603 59 1065

    In contemporary politics it can sometimes seem that spin doctors and celebrities are more importa...

    In contemporary politics it can sometimes seem that spin doctors and celebrities are more important than prime ministers and presidents. Critics complain that politics is now all presentation and no policy.

    Studying the BA Media and Politics allows you to look in detail at the ways in which modern media are changing the nature of politics. You will study the political, social and economic factors that shape the media industries and the ways in which they are used and potentially abused for political gain.

    Mass media is undeniably important when it comes to the way modern politics is communicated, and politicians have started to using channels such as social networking sites and chat shows to connect with voters. Celebrities use rock concerts and television shows to advocate their social and political causes. Citizens are starting to take control of political communication by writing blogs and posting videos online. For some this is a worrying trend towards ‘infotainment’, for others this is evidence of a new and possibly more democratic way of ‘doing politics’.

    This course enables you to study and understand this growing phenomenon, and in the process gain a unique perspective when it comes to analysing politics and the changing way that modern society relates to it.

  • Dr. Duncan Watson

    This degree programme allows you to study both economics and politics in a combined approach, giv...

    This degree programme allows you to study both economics and politics in a combined approach, giving you a thorough and high-level training in economics alongside providing you with a detailed insight into political science.

    As with the BSc Economics degree, this course will give you a thorough and high level training in economics but with the additional emphasis on political science. Many real social problems require both economic and political analysis, and mastering both will enable you to present more comprehensive and satisfactory predictions and recommendations; skills that are in heavy demand by employers.

  • Dr. Jonathan Mitchell

    American Studies at UEA is rated one of the top research departments in the UK (Research Assessme...

    American Studies at UEA is rated one of the top research departments in the UK (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). It always receives the highest scores for quality of teaching and student satisfaction. Our vibrant research community ensures that faculty and graduate students meet regularly for research seminars and social events. The Arthur Miller Centre organises an annual Literary Festival, bringing major North American writers to the campus every year. All our MA programmes are interdisciplinary and are among the most established and prestigious in Britain.

  • Mr. Michael Bowker

    It is ever more important to understand how the world works. Few problems today can be easily con...

    It is ever more important to understand how the world works. Few problems today can be easily confined to the domestic arena. A better knowledge of the world and international relations can help explain why problems – from terrorism to financial crises – occur and how best to resolve them.

     

    In PSI, we pride ourselves on providing top quality teaching. Independent monitors have given us top marks for our teaching and we have consistently scored highly in student surveys too. We offer research-led teaching which means that your lecturers will be able to give the most up-to-date, cutting edge information on your subject of study. We think you will find it a stimulating environment to study. Many students come from Britain, of course, but many others come from all over the world. It will only help in your studies to meet and learn from people from all sorts of different cultures.

  • Dr. Yvan Guichaoua

    he MA International Relations and Development Studies degree offers cutting-edge insights and ski...

    he MA International Relations and Development Studies degree offers cutting-edge insights and skills on the linkages between international relations and development. As this is a cross-disciplinary course, run jointly with staff and students from Political, Social and International Studies and the School of International Development, students on this course benefit from the opportunity to take modules in two renowned social-science schools.

    The topics dealt with in this course are crucial for understanding a large range of issues pertaining to the development of the state, democracy, and the relationship between the United Nations, international politics and the countries of the global south. This makes this degree a stepping stone to careers in diplomacy, politics, government, and the multiple other strands of international development that incorporate issues of politics.

    This Masters opens up to students a unique set of module options taken from both political science and development studies. These options allow students to follow their own interests by for instance angling the course towards a political science perspective, in the direction of political economy, globalisation, the international debt crisis, conflict, security or gender studies, political transformation and the environment or along a number of the many other paths enabled by the rich variety of options available in the two Schools that jointly offer this degree.
     

  • Mr. Michael Bowker

    This MA is different because it puts the EU in an international context. In a globalised world, i...

    This MA is different because it puts the EU in an international context. In a globalised world, individual states feel less able on their own to resolve major problems – on the environment, crime, terrorism and many others, so the EU and organisations like them have become increasingly important.

  • Dr. Marina Prentoulis 01603 59 1065

    This MA reflects an important and developing area in the social sciences, the impact of which can...

    This MA reflects an important and developing area in the social sciences, the impact of which can be detected in the rise of identity politics and the new social movements, as well as in the emergence of an alternative, broader conception of politics, one that does not refer only to formal political agencies, but to the private realm and to cultural life more generally. The impact of cultural politics is apparent in the rise of nationalism, the politics of multiculturalism and the importance attached to the mass media. It can also be witnessed in the debate about, and response to, globalisation.

  • Prof Alan Finlayson (0)1603 59 2285

    This MA is designed for students who want a general introduction to Politics rather than speciali...

    This MA is designed for students who want a general introduction to Politics rather than specialisation in one particular field. It is ideal for those students who may have graduated in another subject but wish to secure a grounding in Politics. However, anyone with a degree in Politics can usefully broaden and deepen their knowledge of political science by taking this programme. Non-graduates with suitable qualifications and relevant governmental or political experience, who wish to stand back from everyday concerns in order to secure an academic perspective, may also be eligible for admission, subject to their basic educational qualifications.

  • This MA shows how a consideration of social and political theory is relevant to politics in the c...

    This MA shows how a consideration of social and political theory is relevant to politics in the contemporary world. Some of the questions addressed include: Should liberty prevail over equality? What are the limits of tolerance in a multi-racial society? Should the mass media reflect or manufacture public opinion? How can theoretical perspectives inform debates about practical matters of public policy?

  • Dr. John Turnpenny

    This innovative MRes combines the study of how policy is made at both national and international ...

    This innovative MRes combines the study of how policy is made at both national and international levels. You will consider the impact of international organisations, including the EU, on national governments, and develop an advanced understanding of the main theories applied in the study of public policy and public management. Political science is the core discipline, but you can usually choose modules from other disciplines, including business and management, environmental sciences, international development and law.

University of Edinburgh

  •   We offer postgraduate qualifications at masters level or at doctoral level and our range of pro...

     
    We offer postgraduate qualifications at masters level or at doctoral level and our range of programmes include taught or research opportunities. Find out which graduate study option is right for you.
  • You will take Introduction to Politics & International Relations. You will also take Fundamen...

    You will take Introduction to Politics & International Relations.

    You will also take Fundamentals, a hands-on key skills course covering topics such as critical reading, essay writing and understanding the media.

    All students take an introductory political theory course and International Relations students take an international law course. Depending on your programme, you will also take up to four optional courses of your choice.

    You will study International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond, which examines how states cooperate in international organisations such as the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.

    This year will also include courses in comparative politics and data analysis along with two further optional courses.

    In Years 3 and 4 the Politics and International Relations programmes separate. Find study information for Years 3 and 4 on your chosen programme page.

University of Essex

  • How and why do governments try to regulate markets? Why are Central Banks independent? What expla...

    How and why do governments try to regulate markets? Why are Central Banks independent? What explains the fluctuations of stock markets and exchange rates? How important is the economy for the outcome of elections? What is globalisation and how does it impact our daily lives? 

    Our BA Economics and Politics can give you an insight into these questions and many more. Economic and political events dominate domestic and international news, and impact on our day-to-day lives, as well as shaping the future. Our course explores all major areas of economics and political science, including macro- and microeconomics, political systems and political ideas, and the use of modern research techniques. 

    Your first year combines a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of politics and economics with the flexibility to study optional courses in specific areas of interest. In your second year you will continue to develop your understanding of economics through Microeconomics and you will take Political Analysis which will teach you about research design and statistical methods. In your final year you will take Political Economy which will combine concepts which you have learnt previously and you will learn how governments use economics for their own interests. In both your second year and final year you will have optional modules which will allow you to develop your interests in international development, globalisation, international trade, international money and finance or European Union economics and politics.

  • Our BA European Studies with Politics offers you a wide-ranging knowledge of all aspects of Europ...

    Our BA European Studies with Politics offers you a wide-ranging knowledge of all aspects of European life, culture and politics, including detailed acquaintance with the country where you spend a full academic year.

    European studies is an interdisciplinary subject that touches on a wide range of topics across the humanities and social sciences. Here at Essex, our teaching and research in European studies offers maximum flexibility for you to study areas that interest you. Our teaching and research builds on a foundation of expertise in modern languages, literature, film, history of art, history, politics and sociology, with experienced staff in all disciplines.

  • On our BA Modern History and Politics, taught jointly with our Department of Government, you obta...

    On our BA Modern History and Politics, taught jointly with our Department of Government, you obtain a thorough grounding in the fields of modern history and politics and are encouraged to consider how the two disciplines can be integrated. You take an Introduction to Politics module alongside your history modules in your first year, and continue to combine modern history and politics modules in your second and third years. There is a range of relevant options to choose from in both departments and you choose to write your final-year dissertation in either politics or history.

  • Some of the most fundamental questions about political life, its principles and ideals, are philo...

    Some of the most fundamental questions about political life, its principles and ideals, are philosophical in character. Our BA Philosophy and Politics brings these disciplines of philosophy and politics together, and provides a sound academic grounding in both. You are given plenty of opportunities to bring the resources of moral and political philosophy to bear on the issues of political life.

  • Why do philosophical and economic ideas matter so much to politics? Why is the state of the econo...

    Why do philosophical and economic ideas matter so much to politics? Why is the state of the economy so important for the outcome of elections? Why do governments try to regulate markets, and how? How should we respond to pressing global issues and trends? Economic and political events dominate domestic and international news. They have an impact upon our day-to-day lives, and they provoke people, governments, corporations, and other organisations, into shaping our future. PPE at Essex is designed to enable graduates to think critically about our responses to such events, and to tackle them soundly and confidently. 

    PPE covers the areas of philosophy, political science, and economics, including political theory and political behaviour, macro- and microeconomics, and major philosophical approaches. It provides you with a context in which to appreciate and develop insights into important national and global questions, and encourages you to reflect critically on these questions from a theoretical, practical, and normative point of view. 

    Your first year combines a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of philosophy, politics and economics, with a solid grounding in key methods of study and research. In your second and final years, we offer, through a range of options, a varied menu of area- and topic-oriented specialisms in these three disciplines. This will ensure you gain a secure grounding in at least two sub-fields of politics, philosophy and economics. The course gives you the flexibility to concentrate on those topics in which you have developed a particular interest, for example globalization and international relations, philosophy and political theory, democratic and comparative politics, or various aspects of political economy.

  • Our BA Political Economics focuses on political and commercial decision-making in an interconnect...

    Our BA Political Economics focuses on political and commercial decision-making in an interconnected world. The course prepares students to work in international and national governmental and non-governmental agencies; obtain strategic roles in private companies and in politics; and to develop policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

    The course uses the foundations of political science and economics to develop a comprehensive understanding of how governments seek to influence economic processes, and how markets influence politics, policies, and political outcomes. All courses and modules we offer focus on providing skills relevant for the labour market. They are attractive to anyone seeking the highest possible training, knowledge and understanding in politics, combined with learning skills that extend beyond the confines of the undergraduate experience.

  • What institutions and ideologies govern the organisation of public life? What principles of justi...

    What institutions and ideologies govern the organisation of public life? What principles of justice should inform public policy? Should markets be left alone or should we seek to control them? And how should we understand markets and politics anyway? How should our public discourses and practices reflect the need to tackle pressing social, economic, and political issues?

    Political events dominate domestic and international news. They have an impact upon our day-to-day lives, and they provoke people, governments, corporations, and other organisations, into action at the levels of strategy, policy, and practice. BA Political Theory and Public Policy (PTPP) at Essex is designed to enable graduates to think critically about our responses to such events in a way that is theoretically informed, and to tackle a wide range of issues soundly and confidently.

    Essex is unique in the way it draws on both analytical and continental traditions of political thought in its teaching and research. BA PTPP draws on this unique strength to provide students with a solid grounding in the concepts and principles that underpin public policy, and public life more generally. It fosters an awareness of the way language, rhetoric, and ideology influence the character of public institutions and discourses, including debates over how best to govern. It shows how ethical and normative considerations can be integrated into our understandings and analyses of public life. It helps build a strong foundation in a range of theoretical, analytical, and methodological perspectives. Key skills in writing and oral presentation, reasoning and problem-solving, are developed in a knowledge- and experience-based learning environment.

    BA PTPP offers flexible pathways with a range of specialized options to cater for individual academic interests and needs. It gives students the chance to integrate a half-year internship in the second year of their course, and to pursue a 3rd year research paper on a topic of their choice. Overall, BA Political Theory and Public Policy offers opportunities to gain the knowledge, experience, and skills needed to tackle a wide range of issues in the world of politics, work, and society more generally.

  • Why should we obey the law? Why don’t democratic countries go to war with each other? Why don’t y...

    Why should we obey the law? Why don’t democratic countries go to war with each other? Why don’t young people vote? Why do oil-rich countries have worse human rights records? 

    These are the kinds of questions addressed in our BA Politics course which provides a thorough training in all major areas of political science. You develop your interests in a wide variety of specialist areas and regions of the subject through a range of optional modules. The course thus offers flexible pathways through which you can best follow your interests. Whatever the questions that interest you, however, the aim is to go beyond simply arguing about them and instead to find the evidence needed to answer them. 

    In your first year you will take the compulsory Introduction to Politics, a comprehensive overview of democratic politics, and three from an impressive range of optional modules. In your second year there are two core modules: Political Analysis, which will develop your research skills, and Introduction to Political Theory which will introduce you to important concepts and will critically examine the political visions offered by the most important writers on politics over the centuries. In your final year you are entirely free to choose modules in the areas that interest you most.

  • Our BA Politics and Law examines the most important rules that govern the relationship between th...

    Our BA Politics and Law examines the most important rules that govern the relationship between the various branches of government and between the individual citizen and the state. We ask a number of large questions about our democracy: Who should decide our laws – politicians or judges? Should we limit the powers of our elected representatives or place our faith in them? Who – if anyone – can we trust to safeguard our fundamental civil rights? Who actually does make our laws? Does the system really respond to the expressed preferences of ordinary citizens? Students of politics and law have traditionally grappled with these questions and have developed principles about constitutional government that have proved enormously influential. 

    Our course encourages you to think about these issues from a legal perspective and to recognise the vital importance of the legal system (judges, courts and tribunals) in putting constitutional principles into effect. If you develop an interest in the law, you can apply to transfer to our four-year LLB Law and Politics at the end of your second year and, if admitted, obtain a qualification that permits you to proceed directly to a legal practice course on graduation. 

    In your first year you will take a number of compulsory modules including Public Law 1 which introduces you to the fundamentals of the UK Constitution and the foundations of judicial review. During your second year you will have a Joint Seminar in Politics and Law which will inform you of the political context in order to interpret laws, the legal framework in which political actors and skills which are needed for providing good advice to decision-makers. In your final year you will have four optional modules: one from law and three from politics.

  • Why should we obey the law? Why don’t democratic countries go to war with each other? Why don’t y...

    Why should we obey the law? Why don’t democratic countries go to war with each other? Why don’t young people vote? Why do oil-rich countries have worse human rights records? Our BA Politics and Modern Languages is a four-year course which allows you to combine the study of a wide range of politics options, with the study of one or two modern languages. 

    In your first year you take Introduction to Politics which introduces you to the real world and academic study of politics via a detailed exploration of the political system called democracy. For your Modern Languages modules, we offer core modules at all six different levels recognised in the Common European Framework in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Cultural and professional skills modules taught entirely in the language being studied are also available. Our intensive modules (in German, Italian and Spanish), combined with a summer vacation course in a country you are studying the language of, enable you to reach level B2 (advanced) from scratch in a year. Portuguese can be studied from scratch (via a conversion module) if you have A-level Spanish or equivalent. For French, an A-level or equivalent is required if you intend to take French as the major language. 

    During your second year, you will continue on with International Relations which looks at the main theoretical approaches to the field. You will also take a further optional module in politics and again take two language modules. In your final year all your modules are optional, but you must take two politics options and two language options and your major language must be taken to Mastery level. Your third year is spent abroad where you experience, engage with and integrate into another culture, through a period of study at a partner institution, learning to operate in a different academic, linguistic and cultural environment. Provided that this experience is part of a full year Erasmus exchange, your fees will be waived by the University.

  • What is the nature of the changing global system and how does it have an impact on individual wel...

    What is the nature of the changing global system and how does it have an impact on individual well-being? What have been the major achievements, setbacks, and challenges to the global human rights movement? How do domestic and international politics interact in ways that are important for the promotion and protection of human rights? You are provided with the opportunity to find answers to these, and other compelling questions. 

    Politics and political events dominate domestic and international news and impact on our day-to-day lives as well as shaping the future. On our BA Politics with Human Rights you will explore different aspects of political science while developing knowledge of human rights and different methods of research. 

    We combine requisite and optional modules in our Department of Government, with core modules in our Human Rights Centre. Your first year includes an introduction to human rights and foundational courses in politics. Your second year includes the modules Issues and Methods in Human Rights and Political Analysis which develop research techniques for both politics and human rights. Your third year includes our Human Rights Colloquium in which you develop an in-depth understanding of the relevance and role of human rights to a number of contemporary issues. You will also take specialist modules and/or your independent project on the politics of human rights.

  • What is democracy? What is the relationship between democracy and good government? Can limitation...

    What is democracy? What is the relationship between democracy and good government? Can limitations on freedom of speech ever be justified in a liberal society? Why should we obey the law? What is the relationship between society and the state? What holds societies together? Do people pull together because they have to or because they want to? 

    Politics and political events dominate domestic and international news and impact on our day-to-day lives, as well as shaping the future. Our BA Sociology and Politics explores major areas of political science, including political systems, political behaviour and political ideas. Sociology analyses the different kinds of social tensions, interactions and networks that make up everyday life. These two disciplines – offered here by two of the UK’s leading social science departments - combine well together. Both pose broad questions about the world and offer practical research skills to help you to investigate these questions. 

    In your first year you will take Introduction to Politics which introduces you to democracy and Sociology and the Modern World introduces you to the history of the discipline and some key ideas of its most prominent thinkers. In your second year you take Introduction to Political Theory and Continuity and Controversy in Sociology continues on from Sociology and the Modern World. You will either take Political Analysis or Researching Social Life 2; both develop your statistical and research skills. In your final year you will take Current Disputes in Sociology which expands further on what you have learnt. You will also write a supervised dissertation in either politics or sociology, this is a great opportunity to evidence the skills you have developed to future employers or prepare for postgraduate study.

  • Our four-year LLB Law and Politics provides you with thorough training in the complementary disci...

    Our four-year LLB Law and Politics provides you with thorough training in the complementary disciplines of law and politics. You develop critical, reflective and analytical skills that are common to both disciplines. In addition to emphasising aspects common to both subjects, you explore the differences between them and the approaches taken within legal and political thought. You also develop a critical awareness of the nature of law within its social and political contexts.

     

  • Why does the behaviour of political actors - leaders, parties, pressure groups, voters, protestor...

    Why does the behaviour of political actors - leaders, parties, pressure groups, voters, protestors, and so on - vary across countries and over time? And what are the consequences of political institutions for regime stability, economic development, political representation, and the dynamics of electoral politics? This course allows you to focus on these and other questions of interest and apply them to politics in the developed and developing worlds. 

    Our course provides you with an overview of classic controversies and contemporary debates in comparative politics. You will take compulsory modules in Theory and Explanation in Political Science, where you learn about the main theoretical approaches to the study of politics, as well as Global and Comparative Politics, which looks at the major issues and topics in this subfield of Political Science. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules offered by our department. You will also write a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. 

    Our MA Global and Comparative Politics will help you develop key employability skills which will make you attractive in both the public and private sector, including analytical reasoning, research, communication, and essay writing.

  • Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in ...

    Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. At Essex, we are primarily interested in the scientific study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables. 

    Our MA Political Economy covers all aspects of modern political economy, including market failure, environmental policies, the quality of governance, and monetary policy choices, among others. You will have a great deal of choice for your optional modules as they will be chosen from both our Department of Government and Department of Economics. At the end of the program, you will submit a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. 

    If you are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, then you will profit from our course. It is also a good choice if you wish to maintain the flexibility of pursuing a career at an international organisation, a government organisation, a private enterprise or as a political consultant. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research, problem solving, and essay writing.

  • How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform the way ...

    How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform the way researchers approach their work? How do political science approaches differ from historical accounts of political phenomenon? How can political science be used to analyse the real world? 

    Our MA Political Science gives a general overview of such topics but you have a wide choice of modules than our other Masters courses. In your compulsory module Theory and Explanation in Political Science you learn about the main theoretical approaches to the study of politics and look at what the basic theoretical framework required to conduct research in political science is. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

    Our graduates from this course can expect to find jobs in market research, the media and central or local government. It also provides a foundation for further research in political science. You will gain key employability skills such as analytical reasoning, research design, and report writing.

  • How are we to understand political life – as the expression of violence, tradition, domination, t...

    How are we to understand political life – as the expression of violence, tradition, domination, the search for freedom, the struggle for equality? How should we think about democracy – as the participation of citizens, the contest of representatives or the search for a common good through deliberation? What is justice – equality for all human beings, solidarity among some human beings or the free play of personal choice? These questions have exercised minds since ancient Athens and, in recent years, they have received new interpretations in political theory, one of the most intellectually fertile sub-disciplines of politics. 

    In the MA Political Theory you will take a range of compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules include Political Theory, the Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods, and the Dissertation. Political Theory covers key themes in democratic theory and social justice, drawing on classical and contemporary texts of political theory. The Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods covers important debates in the philosophy of social science, as well as key strategies and methods for research in critical political theory and analysis. The Research Seminar covers material that will be essential for the Dissertation and for preparing students for further advanced research. 

    Our MA Political Theory will help you secure a solid grasp of key debates in social and political thought, give you a strong foundation in theoretical principles whose relevance and application goes well beyond politics, and instil a wide range of analytical, critical, and communication skills that will enable you to pursue the career of your choice, whether in the public, private, or third sector, whether with a domestic or international focus.

  • What is ‘political science’ and how does that approach differ from simply historical reporting of...

    What is ‘political science’ and how does that approach differ from simply historical reporting of political phenomena? How can politics be used to analyse the real world? What is the relationship between ideas and political practices? Our MA Politics allows you to explore these questions and more. The course is distinctive from our other masters in that it allows you complete freedom of choice over the modules you take. It gives a background to the study of politics but isn’t as preoccupied with theory and methods as our other masters. You will be able to develop in subjects that are of interest to you, so it is ideal if you are looking to develop practical (applied) research skills that you can take into a workplace. An MA Politics can lead you to a career in a number of areas such as market research, the media, central and local government and private sector. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design and essay writing.

  • How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform empirica...

    How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform empirical research? How do political science approaches differ from historical accounts of political phenomenon? How can political science be used to analyse the real world? 

    MRes Politics is a two-year programme, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA. You will take a range of compulsory modules in research and theory across the two years, alongside optional modules allowing you to pursue your own interests. This includes two intense research modules in the summer of your first year. You will also write a 35,000 word dissertation. 

    Our MRes Politics offers an excellent preparation for PhD research in the field, combining modules covering all aspects of politics with additional training in research design and research methods. You learn how to develop theories, conduct research, and explore the empirical implications of theoretical models using the most appropriate empirical methods. From the very beginning, we invite you to work on your own research, which prepares you for further study at PhD level or for research jobs in a range of non-academic settings.

  • How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform empirica...

    How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform empirical research? How do political science approaches differ from historical accounts of political phenomenon? How can political science be used to analyse the real world? 

    MRes Politics is a two-year programme, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA. You will take a range of compulsory modules in research and theory across the two years, alongside optional modules allowing you to pursue your own interests. This includes two intense research modules in the summer of your first year. You will also write a 35,000 word dissertation. 

    Our MRes Politics offers an excellent preparation for PhD research in the field, combining modules covering all aspects of politics with additional training in research design and research methods. You learn how to develop theories, conduct research, and explore the empirical implications of theoretical models using the most appropriate empirical methods. From the very beginning, we invite you to work on your own research, which prepares you for further study at PhD level or for research jobs in a range of non-academic settings.

  • Why does the behaviour of political actors - leaders, parties, pressure groups, voters, protestor...

    Why does the behaviour of political actors - leaders, parties, pressure groups, voters, protestors, and so on - vary across countries and over time? And what are the consequences of political institutions for regime stability, economic development, political representation, and the dynamics of electoral politics? This course allows you to focus on these and other questions of interest and apply them to politics in the developed and developing worlds. 

    Our course provides you with an overview of classic controversies and contemporary debates in comparative politics. You will take compulsory modules in Theory and Explanation in Political Science, where you learn about the main theoretical approaches to the study of politics, as well as Global and Comparative Politics, which looks at the major issues and topics in this subfield of Political Science. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules offered by our department. You will also write a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. 

    Our MA Global and Comparative Politics will help you develop key employability skills which will make you attractive in both the public and private sector, including analytical reasoning, research, communication, and essay writing.

  • Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in ...

    Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. At Essex, we are primarily interested in the scientific study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables. 

    Our MSc Political Economy covers all aspects of modern political economy, including market failure, environmental policies, the quality of governance, and monetary policy choices, among others. Central to the MSc is the Advanced Research Methods which presents quantitative methods and teaches how to use them in the study of politics and economics. You will have a great deal of choice for your optional modules, as they will be chosen from both our Department of Government and Department of Economics. At the end of the program, you will submit a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. 

    If you are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, then you will profit from our course. It is also a good choice if you wish to maintain the flexibility of pursuing a career at an international organisation, a government organisation, a private enterprise or as a political consultant. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design, quantitative methods, data analysis, and essay writing.

  • How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform empirica...

    How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform empirical research? How do political science approaches differ from historical accounts of political phenomenon? How can political science be used to analyse the real world? Our MSc Political Science gives a general overview of such topics but you have a wide choice of modules than our other Masters courses. 

    MSc Political Science is designed for those who already have a solid background in approaches and methods employed in the different areas of political science and who want to broaden and deepen their skills and knowledge in political methodology, such as quantitative data analysis and econometrics. This emphasis will enable you to understand political science research published in highly prestigious journals of the profession and to undertake your own projects that involve the testing of the empirical implications of theoretical arguments. 

    Our course’s focus on methodology provides a better preparation for those who want to enrol in PhDs at leading political science departments in the US and throughout Europe which focus on model building, empirical testing or behavioural political science. You will also gain key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design, quantitative methods, data analysis and report writing.

University of Exeter

  • BA History and Politics brings together History modules that include an engagement with the polit...

    BA History and Politics brings together History modules that include an engagement with the politics of past societies, with political analysis that includes the study of the historical development of politicalthought. The programme enables you to explore the history of various societies across the globe and the connections and comparisons between them but is also firmly based in practical techniques. You will be introduced to a wide range of political and historical problems and the main analytical and critical approaches of the two disciplines.

    Expertise in History at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall is concentrated in the modern period, approximately from 1600 to the present, incorporating social and cultural history, international and economic history and many geographical areas, including the Far and Middle East, Europe and Britain, and the Americas. As you might expect from a programme based in Cornwall, we reflect environmental and ecological approaches to history in our teaching as well as the more traditional cultural, political, social and economic aspects.

    Academic staff in Politics bring the latest political thinking into their undergraduate teaching. Staff at the Penryn Campus have particular research strengths in international relations, electoral behaviour, Chinese politics, American politics, political theory, gender, militarization, political psychology and behaviour, environmental politics and sustainability, and the politics of communities.

  • BA History and Politics brings together History modules that include an engagement with the polit...

    BA History and Politics brings together History modules that include an engagement with the politics of past societies, with political analysis that includes the study of the historical development of politicalthought. The programme enables you to explore the history of various societies across the globe and the connections and comparisons between them but is also firmly based in practical techniques. You will be introduced to a wide range of political and historical problems and the main analytical and critical approaches of the two disciplines.

    Expertise in History at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall is concentrated in the modern period, approximately from 1600 to the present, incorporating social and cultural history, international and economic history and many geographical areas, including the Far and Middle East, Europe and Britain and the Americas. As you might expect from a programme based in Cornwall, we reflect environmental and ecological approaches to history in our teaching as well as the more traditional cultural, political, social and economic aspects.

    Academic staff in Politics bring the latest political thinking into their undergraduate teaching. Staff at the Penryn Campus have particular research strengths in international relations, electoral behaviour, Chinese politics, American politics, political theory, gender, militarization, political psychology and behaviour, environmental politics and sustainability, and the politics of communities.

  • This degree will give you a solid grounding in understanding international issues together with t...

    This degree will give you a solid grounding in understanding international issues together with the opportunity to specialise in a particular region or special subject, such as transnational crime or globalisation. You'll receive an excellent education across the range of international relations topics in a supportive and responsive learning environment enriched by research. You will learn how the international system has evolved, and engage with some of the big dilemmas and debates dominating international politics today. We'll introduce you to the main concepts and approaches to the study of international relations and encourage you to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues.

  • This single honours programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year...

    This single honours programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year, are university-based; the third is spent at a university abroad.

    This degree provides you with an excellent education across the range of international relations topics in a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research. You’ll gain an appreciation of the historical evolution of the international system, as well as engaging with key dilemmas and contestations dominating international politics today. We aim to ensure that you’ll be able to understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories in the study of international relations and to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues. This degree will give you a solid grounding in understanding international issues together with the opportunity to specialise in a particular region or special subject, such as transnational crime or globalisation.

  • The Single Honours programme is a progressive one, building on a broad foundation in the first ye...

    The Single Honours programme is a progressive one, building on a broad foundation in the first year to highly specialised work in the final year, including a dissertation on a topic of personal interest. With a degree in politics from Exeter you’ll gain a sound knowledge of the four principal areas of study: political thought, international relations, comparative government, and public policy. Modules in the first two years give you a basic grounding in these four areas.

    You’ll also gain a wider understanding of the world by focusing on both the theoretical and practical problems of politics through a combination of core compulsory modules and specialised optional ones. Your choice of optional modules increases each year to comprise 50 per cent of your studies in your second year and 75 per cent in your final year. The programme combines an academic grounding in the study of political science with access to current issues and practical experience.

    Students on this programme will have the opportunity to participate in our internship scheme which offers work experience with an MP at Westminster or working in their constituency office.

  • This distinctive programme is one of the few in the UK which enables you to combine politics and ...

    This distinctive programme is one of the few in the UK which enables you to combine politics and international relations to gain a well-rounded perspective on some of the most important issues shaping our world.Field work overseas and a focus on career-related experience and skills, ensure learning is both research-led and relevant to your future career aspirations.

    The study of Politics in Cornwall is characterised by its focus on some of the biggest political challenges facing the world today such as inequality, climate change, the global financial crisis, conflict, the depletion of natural resources and the changing balance in world power. We believe Politics shouldn’t just be an intellectual exercise; it’s the means by which people change the world. So, although we’ll teach you about political systems and theories, we’ll apply these to world events and the major issues setting the modern political agenda.

    We’ll also take you out of the classroom to get a bigger perspective. Whether you’re visiting the United Nations HQ in New York, working as an intern in Westminster, or providing consultancy for a community organisation in Cornwall, you’ll have opportunities to experience how Politics operates in practice.

    Our programmes produce graduates who can engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems by using critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.

  • This distinctive programme is one of the few in the UK which enables you to combine politics and ...

    This distinctive programme is one of the few in the UK which enables you to combine politics and international relations to gain a well-rounded perspective on some of the most important issues shaping our world. Field work overseas and a focus on career-related experience and skills, ensure learning is both research-led and relevant to your future career aspirations.

    The study of Politics in Cornwall is characterised by its focus on some of the biggest political challenges facing the world today such as inequality, climate change, the global financial crisis, conflict, the depletion of natural resources and the changing balance in world power. We believe Politics shouldn’t just be an intellectual exercise; it’s the means by which people change the world. So, although we’ll teach you about political systems and theories, we’ll apply these to world events and the major issues setting the modern political agenda.

    We’ll also take you out of the classroom to get a bigger perspective. Whether you’re visiting the United Nations HQ in New York, working as an intern in Westminster, or providing consultancy for a community organisation in Cornwall, you’ll have opportunities to experience how Politics operates in practice.

  • This single honours programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year...

    This single honours programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year, are university-based; the third is spent at a university abroad.

    The programme is a progressive one, building on a broad foundation in the first year to highly specialised work in the final year, including a dissertation on a topic of personal interest. With a degree in politics from Exeter you’ll gain a sound knowledge of the four principal areas of study: political thought, international relations, comparative government, and public policy. Modules in your first and second year give you a basic grounding in these four areas.

    You’ll also gain a wider understanding of the world by focusing on both the theoretical and practical problems of politics through a combination of core compulsory modules and specialised optional ones. Your choice of optional modules increases each year to comprise 50 per cent of your studies in your second year and 75 per cent in your final year. The programme combines an academic grounding in the study of political science with access to current issues and practical experience. Students on this programme have the opportunity to take part in our internships scheme which offers work experience with an MP at Westminster on within their constituency office.

  • BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics offers the chance to study an interdisciplinary programme a...

    BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics offers the chance to study an interdisciplinary programme across three outstanding and distinctive disciplines.

    You'll have the opportunity to explore some of the major questions facing human society including war and peace, democracy, resource scarcity and distribution, the natural environment, faith and reason. 

    Modules will address the philosophical, political and economic foundations of order and justice and interrogate the meaning and practice of the market economy on a global scale.  You will also learn how government is constituted, how being and truth are deliberated and how goods, services and peoples are economically organised. 

    As part of this degree you may choose to take part in the Exeter Politics Internship programme which provides valuable work experience in the world of politics, for example in a constituency office or at Westminster.

  • BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics offers the chance to study an interdisciplinary programme a...

    BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics offers the chance to study an interdisciplinary programme across three outstanding and distinctive disciplines. This four-year programme includes a year abroad either studying in Europe as part of the Erasmus scheme or at one of our international partner institutions elsewhere in the world. 

    You'll have the opportunity to explore some of the major questions facing human society including war and peace, democracy, resource scarcity and distribution, the natural environment, faith and reason. 

    Modules will address the philosophical, political and economic foundations of order and justice and interrogate the meaning and practice of the market economy on a global scale.  You will also learn how government is constituted, how being and truth are deliberated and how goods, services and peoples are economically organised. 

    As part of this degree you may choose to take part in the Exeter Politics Internship programme which provides valuable work experience in the world of politics, for example in a constituency office or at Westminster.

  • This exciting and distinctive programme includes study of the major areas of politics and interna...

    This exciting and distinctive programme includes study of the major areas of politics and international relations, as well as optional modules which closely reflect the research interests of staff. You’ll have the chance to combine political studies with training in the methods and techniques of political research which will provide you with valuable career-skills. You’ll study how government is constituted and how politics takes place on a global scale. You may also be able to extend your studies by a year in order to convert your degree into a Masters qualification (depending on academic attainment).

  • This exciting and distinctive programme includes study of the major areas of politics and interna...

    This exciting and distinctive programme includes study of the major areas of politics and international relations, as well as optional modules which closely reflect the research interests of staff. You’ll have the chance to combine political studies with training in the methods and techniques of political research which will provide you with valuable career-skills. You’ll study how government is constituted and how politics takes place on a global scale. You may also be able to extend your studies by a year in order to convert your degree into a Masters qualification (depending on academic attainment).

    You will spend the 3rd year of your studies in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study.

  • This Masters explores recent debates in social and political theory from an interdisciplinary per...

    This Masters explores recent debates in social and political theory from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining political, philosophical, sociological, economic, and legal approaches. It combines Anglo-American and continental literatures and analytical and institutional approaches.

    The structure allows you to specialise in specific areas of political theory through dedicated core modules, whilst retaining choice in half of the coursework. This enables further specialisation in the history of political thought or study in other areas of political theory available at Exeter.