Political Science, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 15500
    Tuition (Year)
    7950
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
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Our MSc Political Science gives a general overview of such topics, and as our most flexible postgraduate course offers you a very wide choice of optional modules. You explore 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.
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About

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 MSc Political Science gives a general overview of such topics, and as our most flexible postgraduate course offers you a very wide choice of optional modules. You explore 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.

Your optional modules may cover topics including:

  • Survey measurement and research methods

  • The economy and the state

  • Democracies in Europe

  • Theories of justice

  • Conflict resolution

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.
Our expert staff
Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics. Our staff are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and international media.
Our academic staff work on topics ranging from international conflict and violence to British elections, and from the obligations of the younger generation to why authoritarian leaders welcome natural disasters.
You join an active and prolific research team, with the opportunity to work alongside a member of staff on their research instead of completing a dissertation; some of these projects have even resulted in joint staff/student publications.

Programme Structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

  • MA Dissertation

  • Advanced Research Methods

  • Theory and Explanation in Political Science

  • Comparative European Politics (optional)

  • Conflict Resolution (optional)

  • Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)

  • Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)

  • Environmental Politics (optional)

  • International Security Studies (optional)

  • Political Economy (optional)

  • Political Explanation (optional)

  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)

  • Political Theory (optional)

  • Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)

  • Research Design (optional)

  • Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)

  • Survey Measurement and Question Design (optional)

  • Theories of International Relations (optional)

Teaching

  • Courses are designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of either the politics of a geographical area or an aspect of the discipline

  • Courses include both compulsory and optional modules, so the course can be tailored to fit your interests and aspirations

  • Learn through discussion and problem-solving

  • Lab sessions allow you to improve your technical research skills

  • We encourage students to attend national conferences to meet researchers and discuss their work

Assessment

  • Your coursework comes in the form of essays, simulations, presentations and in-class tests

Dissertation

  • You are given guidance on how to prepare a Masters dissertation by our Graduate Director in the spring term

  • We link you with an appropriate supervisor at the earliest opportunity

Detailed Programme Facts

    • Started in

      • There is no deadline for this start date.

      Dates reflect the university's timezone.

  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months

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Academic Requirements

A degree with an overall high 2:2.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15500 International
  • GBP 7950 EEA

Part-time

  • Fee (Home/EU): £3975
  • Fee (International): £7750
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