M.A. Global Politics and Law

University of Sheffield

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Tuition fee:
  • € 6,280 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,030 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Department of Politics/Department of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
We are the UK's number one politics department for research. Our taught courses give you the grounding to make sense of a constantly changing political landscape.

About the course
1 year full time/2 years part time

You'll investigate the exciting crossover between law and politics, particularly focusing on internationalism.

Taught jointly with the Department of Law, the course covers common intellectual themes around issues such as human rights and the implications of international law, justice and democracy.

Where your masters can take you
A postgraduate degree in politics is a strong foundation for a range of careers, from government and other public sector organisations to companies in the private sector, consultancies, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks. A postgraduate research degree is essential if you want an academic career.

"I enjoyed studying and living in Sheffield a lot, especially the good contact with the tutors. The staff at the department were always very friendly and helpful when there were any problems. Since my return to Germany, I think of Sheffield often. At the moment, I work as a freelance journalist. My degree was very helpful in getting the job."
Oliver Kiessler, Politics MA Graduate


Core modules
* Politics of International Law

Optional modules
Choose three modules, with at least one from each discipline.


* Global Governance
* Political Thought and the Rights of War and Peace
* Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
* Ethnic Conflict Regulation


* Principles of International Law (foundations)
* Advanced Issues in International Law
* Law of International Organisations
* Inter-state Litigation
* International Human Rights Law
* International Environmental Law

* Seminars

To complete the MA successfully you must earn a total of 180 credits. Most core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

* Essays
* Other forms of written work


Entry Requirements
A good second class honours degree in Politics, Law or social sciences and humanities, with a significant political or legal component.

Students whose first language is not English must have passed either the TOEFL, a minimum of 600, (with a minimum of 4.5 in written English), TOEFL computer-based minimum of 250, or IELTS a minimum of 7, (with a minimum of 6.0 in essay writing).

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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