Political Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15450
    Tuition (Year)
    7200
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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.

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 expert staff

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.

Specialist facilities

  • Laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political analysis
  • ESSEXLab provides opportunities for experimental lab research
  • Student societies for politics, debating, and Model UN
  • We organise the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
  • A programme of seminars and events run by the department

Your future

All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.

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.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • MA Dissertation
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Theory and Explanation in Political Science
  • Comparative European Politics (optional)
  • Conflict Resolution (optional)
  • From Cradle to Grave: Social Justice in Childhood, Adulthood, and Death (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)
  • International Negotiation (optional)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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Academic Requirements

A degree with an overall high 2:2.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15450 International
  • GBP 7200 EU/EEA

Part-time fees

  • Fee (Home/EU): £3,600
  • Fee (International): £7,725

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