M.Sc. Political Science

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
University of Essex | Colchester, United Kingdom
MSc Politics 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 positive political methodology, such as quantitative data analysis and econometrics.

Description of Political Science

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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 Politics gives a general overview of such topics but you have a wide choice of modules than our other Masters courses.

MSc Politics 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 positive political methodology, such as quantitative data analysis and econometrics.

The stronger emphasis on political methodology 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 as well as positive political analysis. In addition, the 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 and empirical testing or behavioural political science.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 7500 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
This course lasts twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms and a research-based dissertation to be submitted in September. Your research-based dissertation counts for 60 credits and you will take 120 credits of modules, 60 credits of compulsory modules and a further 60 credits is made up from a selection of 30 and 15 credit modules. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as ‘second-cycle’ qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).

Modules

Core modules

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Ma Dissertation
  • Theory And Explanation In Political Science

Optional modules

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Theories Of Justice
  • Democracy Beyond The Nation State? The Case Of Europe
  • Ideology And Political Discourse
  • International Environmental Politics
  • International Security Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Political Explanation
  • Political Parties In Britain And Europe
  • Political Theory
  • Public Opinion And Political Behaviour
  • Research Design
  • Research Seminar In Political Theory And Methods
  • Survey Measurement And Question Design
  • Theories Of International Relations
  • Theory And Explanation In Political Science

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Political Science

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.

IELTS 6.5.

Work Experience for Political Science

No work experience is required.

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