M.Sc. Political Science

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Essex | Colchester, United Kingdom
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.

Description of Political Science

Why study MSc Political Science at Essex?

Our Department of Government is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are the only political science department to have achieved the highest rating in all six assessments for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), since national rankings began in 1986. More than three-quarters of our research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014) making us top in the UK for research.

Our staff distinguish themselves in various ways; by acting as media commentators, by writing textbooks used by students across the world and with involvement in practical training. In addition, our students have access to academic staff and a constant flow of distinguished visiting scholars from abroad.

Our research interests are wide ranging but we host the British Election Study, a major Economic and Social Research Council-sponsored survey of attitudes and opinions of the British electorate, with other significant research projects studying foreign policy attitudes, corruption, and civil wars and peacekeeping.

Our facilities
As a student on this course you will be able to take advantage of our extensive learning resources, including laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political analysis, as well as our University library, which provides access to a variety of politics journals as well as multiple copies of textbooks, e-books and materials to support your learning.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 7950 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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
  • 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


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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University of Essex, United Kingdom

United Kingdom Founded nearly fifty years ago, the University of Essex is ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for the quality of our research and second among mainstream UK universities for overall student satisfaction. We are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in Britain, with more than one third of our 11,000 students coming from outside the UK.

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