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Studying Political Science

Political science is a multidisciplinary field that integrates knowledge, hypotheses and research methods that apply to all political relations. The political science discipline focuses on state and the relations between central, regional and local authorities. Graduates can find jobs in governmental and diplomatic institutions, while practicing as public affairs consultants, local government officers, politicians, and more.

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257 Political Science Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.A. Politics

The beginning of the twenty-first century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the global political landscape, with rapidly shifting regime change and new types of political actor transcending national borders. This Politics programme is offered by University of Leeds.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
M.Sc. Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice

The Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice programme at SOAS University of Londonis designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states. 

M.Sc. Global Energy and Climate Policy

The use of energy – electricity generation, transportation, heating/cooling and industrial consumption – is the most important driver of climate change by far.Effectively addressing this urgent global challenge therefore requires transformational changes in the ways we produce, consume and govern energy. The MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy is offered at SOAS University of London.

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy
M.A. Religion in Global Politics

The MA Religion in Global Politics from SOAS University of London is designed to appeal to policy-makers, analysts, journalists and researchers in either international, national or regional institutions and organisations engaged in policy formation, inter-religious dialogue and community development, social work, development, conflict resolution, peace building or diversity management. 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.Sc. Public Policy and Management

This Master's degree in Public Policy and Management offered by Birckbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics is ideal if you are working, or seeking a career, in public policy research and implementation. It will give you insights into how policy choices are made, in comparison to policy developing by default.

Postgraduate courses
M.Sc. International Security and Global Governance

This International Security and Global Governance Master's degree in politics explores urgent contemporary debates about violence, conflict, security and governance from a global perspective. The programme is offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Postgraduate courses
M.Sc. Policy Analysis and Global Governance

The Policy Analysis and Global Governance programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. Our MSC Policy Analysis & Global Governance course is underpinned by high-quality training in social science research methodologies and work-related learning.

School of Media Culture and Society
M.A. War, Media and Society

The War, Media and Society programme offered by the University of Kent explores how conflict occurs across a variety of countries and landscapes in the late 19th and 20th centuries, and how such conflict is managed and presented through media and propaganda.

M.A. Society, Culture and Media

This interdisciplinary MA in Society, Culture and Media at the University of Leeds will allow you to benefit from the expertise of both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Media and Communication, enabling you to gain an in-depth understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical perspectives, and to critically analyse the relationship between culture, media and society.

Sociology and Social Policy
M.A. First World War Studies

The Master of Arts in First World War Studies offered by the University of Kent provides extensive knowledge of history and explores the main events of the Great War from a multicultural perspective. The Master’s course offers students the opportunity to travel to famous battlefields and visit history museums, and to choose electives from other programmes to customise their specialisation.

M.Sc. Global Politics

You will develop your ability to analyse political debates and issues in a critical manner and you will be taught by academics with expertise in Global history and politics. The Global Politics programme offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies.

Postgraduate courses
M.Res. Politics

The University of Exeter's Politics MRes is a training programme designed to equip you with the research skills necessary to progress to a doctoral research degree, or to embark upon on a career as a political researcher. 

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
M.A. International Relations and Politics of the Middle East

You’ll directly address the complex nature of the politics and international relations of the Middle East to gain an oversight of internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations. The International Relations and Politics of the Middle East course is offered by University of Leeds.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

The Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development at The Open University UK is an online course that focuses on the history and the practices of intervention for a wide range of conflicts, from wars to community disturbances. Students will study the contexts of conflict and modern practices to address them, while developing the soft skills needed for effective interventions.

M.Phil. Politics (Comparative Government)

The MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) is an advanced two-year graduate degree which provides training in research techniques and methodology and enables you to acquire substantive knowledge in this sub-area of the discipline. It is also suitable if you wish to later embark upon doctoral research.

M.A. Politics

This is a flexible programme allowing you to choose a combination of modules (from the domestic to the global) that best suits your background and interests in the broad arena of politics. Students take five modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.

Politics and International Relations
M.A. Global Political Communication

The Global Political Communication MA focuses on political communication in a fast changing global context, looking at message production, transmission, and reception across nations, as well as the key theories, themes and controversies central to the academic study of political communication.

Social Sciences
M.A. International Politics

Get behind the headlines to discover the structures and ideas that shape global affairs, and open up a wide range of exciting career possibilities with this world-class MA.

School of Arts and Social Sciences
M.Sc. Social Science

This MSc allows you to create a bespoke programme of study that draws on our expertise in fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social theory; social and public policy. As such, each student can tailor their learning to suit their own interests and aspirations.

Cardiff School of Social Sciences
M.Sc. Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy

This Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy programme at Loughborough University London provides an umbilical link between theory and practice, providing training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy. This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only.

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance
M.Res. Public Policy

This MRes degree is designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of policy processes and to offer a grounding in research methods up to PhD level. The programme is focused around current debates on policy-making and public management in both developed and developing countries.

Masters Programmes
M.A. Geopolitics, Territory and Security

The Geopolitics, Territory and Security MA at King's College London is a unique multidisciplinary course that focuses on the territorial aspect of inter-state relations. You will explore geopolitical and political geographic analysis and the relevant aspects of international law to understand the creation and maintenance of international boundaries.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.A. Social and Political Thought

MA Social and Political Thought at University of Leeds will provide you with an advanced grounding in social and political theory, with modules in Contemporary Social Thought, Critical Theory, Liquid Sociology and an extended Dissertation that will allow you the opportunity to evaluate critically and creatively social and political realities at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
M.A. Research Methods (International Relations)

This Research Methods (International Relations) degree at Durham University is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies.

School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA)
M.Sc. International Political Theory

This programme aims to equip students with the intellectual skills to analyse contemporary international affairs from a philosophically informed perspective, with a particular focus on their ethical dimensions.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Politics

This MA pathway is best suited for generalists who wish to get a degree in Political Science but do not want to follow a particular area. It allows for maximum choice for modules offered.

School of Social Sciences
M.Sc. Politics

Our MSc in Politics provides an advanced grounding in contemporary political science, focusing on empirical and normative democratic theory, political institutions, public policy and citizenship across different political systems and diverse social contexts.The MSc brings together many of the existing strengths of the department in different parts of the world and it's offered at the Royal Holloway University of London.

Department of Politics & International Relations
M.Res. Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies

This Masters in Human Geography: Spaces, Politics & Ecologies at University of Glasgow considers how geography has been used to actively engage with the world beyond the academy, focusing on social justice and social change, environment and development, and cultural and historical geographies.

College of Science and Engineering
M.Sc. International & European Politics

Developed in response to the enormous political challenges facing our changing societies, this programme offers an advanced understanding of the contemporary world, drawing on insights from International Relations as well as European Studies, Comparative Politics and Regional Studies.

School of Social and Political Science
M.A. Middle Eastern Studies

Our MA in Middle Eastern Studies provides expert research-led teaching in the politics, anthropology and sociology of the modern Middle East and North Africa. We offer a broad choice of modules that allow you to pursue your own interests and deepen your understanding and knowledge of one of the most contested and important regions in the world today.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.Sc. Nationalism Studies

The Nationalism Studies programme from The University of Edinburgh is an interdisciplinary programme designed to give you an understanding of nationalism that is broad in scope and theoretically informed, while also tailored to your specific interests within the field.

School of Social and Political Science
Postgraduate Diploma Political Communication

On this Political Communication programme at the University of Glasgow you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems.

College of Social Sciences
M.A. International Relations (Terrorism and Political Violence) /PGDip

This cutting-edge MA programme explores the sources and consequences of political violence and terrorism, as well as the crucial ethical questions involved. It should appeal to students interested in careers in foreign services, security, some non-governmental or intergovernmental organisations, and many areas of the private sector.

Department of Political Science and International Studies
M.A. International Conflict Analysis

The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the world who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline. The International Conflict Analysis programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Politics and International Relations
M.A. International Politics (Critical Geopolitics)

This International Politics (Critical Geopolitics) course features distinctive contributions from critical international politics and human geography. It focuses on the key theories, approaches and thinkers in the study of geopolitics. It gives you insight into the political dynamics, consequences and discourses of contemporary geopolitics and how to think critically about these important political currents.

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
M.Sc. Politics and Communication

This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the relations between politics, media and communications. It aims to provide an advanced understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge in the intersecting fields of politics and communication research. 

Department of Media and Communications
M.A. Holocaust Studies

The Holocaust Studies programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. The Centre at Royal Holloway is one of the leading academic centres of its kind in Europe, internationally recognised for its research, teaching, public advocacy and creative work.

Department of History
M.A. Social and Political Thought

Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Our course covers both historical traditions and contemporary developments.

M.Sc. Public Policy

Public Policy is the study of how problems are addressed within political institutions. Through studying public policy, you will gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation. Students take taught courses which allow them to explore the development, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of policies.

Masters Programmes
M.A. International Relations

This course gives you a grounding in the approaches to understanding contemporary international society. It provides the expertise for a range of careers where you need an advanced understanding of contemporary international society. It covers international dynamics through a range of theoretical, empirical and area-based approaches relevant in the workplace.

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
M.Res. Political Economy

Our MRes Political Economy is a two-year course, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA. You study modules on political economics and research methods across your two years, while developing a 35,000-word dissertation.

Department of Government
M.Sc. Children's Rights

This Masters degree at Queen's University Belfast is linked to the Centre for Children's Rights (CCR), which has an international reputation in the area of children's rights with a focus on the implementation of children's rights, child participation, education, social care and the children with disabilities.

School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Pre-Master Undergraduate Pathway: Social Policy

Through this pathway you’ll consider the reasons behind, and responses to, a wide range of social issues – such as social exclusion, health and social care, poverty, family policies, crime and community safety, citizenship, antisocial behaviour, racism and homelessness.

Cambridge Ruskin International College
M.A. Politics and Development

Unlike MA courses which focus narrowly on specific areas relating to the politics of development, this course offers an integrated and interdisciplinary education with a focus on politics and international development. 

M.A. International Politics and Europe

Our International Politics and Europe (IPEU) programme analyses European politics explicitly in the context of International Relations and International Political Economy. Our MA and Diploma in IPEU are leading programmes and the Department is an international centre for research on International Relations and European politics, with staff at the cutting edge of research in these areas. The programme is very useful to students keen to understand past and present international relations of Europe, and the European Union (EU) amidst times of crisis and in constantly changing world.

M.A. Political Sociology (Russia and Eastern Europe)

This MA provides students with the opportunity to study key concepts and approaches in political sociology and theoretical debates about the relationship between state and society, and identity and power. Graduates acquire a mix of in-depth area knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe, research skills and theoretical understanding. A Graduate Open Evening will be held for all prospective postgraduate students thinking about taking either taught or research based programmes at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies on 23rd November 2016 from 5.30pm. For more information and to register please visit the following link

University College London -School of Slavonic and East European Studies
M.A. International Studies - Global Political Economy (PGDip, PGCert)

One of the key themes in contemporary international studies is the impact of economic globalisation. The International Studies - Global Political Economy (PGDip/ PGCert) course from Oxford Brookes University provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced international studies, and in particular applies these to the globalisation of economic relations, culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

Department of Social Sciences
M.A. Political Economy

The Political Economy MA is a broadbased multidisciplinary course that will develop your critical understanding of the UK and global political and economic institutions. You will also acquire the theoretical skills necessary to engage with contemporary domestic and world affairs at an advanced level.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.A. Corruption and Governance

Develop your understanding of what corruption is, where and why it proliferates, and what can be done to counteract it. Our interdisciplinary MA looks at issues of corruption and governance. You’ll address challenging issues of how different disciplines define corruption and how this can lead to different anti-corruption approaches.

M.Sc. Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy

This Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy programme at Loughborough University London explores the link between national and global security and the role of peace-building in developing multi-layered communities and nations. This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only.

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance
M.A. Art and Politics

Working from a strong theoretical basis, this programme will help you to understand a range of empirical, aesthetic and conceptual issues which traverse and exceed both 'art' and 'international' politics.

Department of Politics and International Relations
M.A. Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

This MA programme is designed to critically examine the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the dynamics of peace and conflict in the contemporary world. The programme engages with the work of leading peace and conflict studies scholars at both conceptual and empirical levels and draws on evidence from a range of recent armed conflicts.

Politics and International Relations
M.A. Diplomatic Studies MA

If you’re heading for a diplomatic career or you’re a professional diplomat requiring additional training, this is the course for you. The aim of the Diplomatic Studies MA and diploma is to skill those wishing to pursue careers in government, defence work, international organisations, journalism, teaching and those wishing to proceed to a research degree.

M.A. Critical Theory and Politics

MA Critical Theory and Politics is offered at the University of Nottingham. Gain a thorough understanding of the close connections between critical theory and key contemporary political and social theories.

Cultural Studies
M.A. Political Economy

The MA in Political Economy programme at Manchester University offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy. The MA is housed in the Centre for the Study of Political Economy, which brings together the world-class research strengths in the field of political economy at Manchester University.

School of Social Sciences
M.A. International Politics

Develop your understanding of the interplay between the domestic, regional and international levels of politics and decision-making. You’ll examine the political context of different countries, and how this influences their foreign policies. You have the opportunity to specialise in the regional politics of South Asia, East Asia or Europe. 

M.A. Anthropology and Cultural Politics

The MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics is an interdisciplinary programme in anthropology, directed at students from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social and political sciences, artists, and professionals in the media and cultural sectors.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Media and Cultural Politics

This MA Media and Cultural Politics from University of East Anglia reflects an important and developing area in the social sciences, the impact of which can be detected in the rise of identity politics and the new social movements, as well as in the emergence of an alternative, broader conception of politics, one that does not refer only to formal political agencies but to the private realm also.

School of Political, Social and International Studies
M.A. Ideology and Discourse Analysis

How do ideologies form and sustain political identities and interests? What are the main ideologies and political discourses that frame and organise our lives today? How do theories of ideology and discourse inform contemporary political analysis? How can these theories help us to explain and evaluate key political processes? Here, questions concerning the impact of ideological and symbolic processes on the formation of political discourses, identities and communities are of crucial importance. Ranked top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2017)

Department of Government
M.A. Media, Campaigning and Social Change

The new Media, Campaigning and Social Change Master degree from the world ranking Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Westminster aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge and strategic approach to develop and analyse social change campaigns, with a particular focus on the role of communications and the media. Now in its second year, this is the only MA of its kind in the UK.

M.Sc. Politics

If you're looking for work in the public sector, the third sector or with non-governmental organisations this is the course for you. It's also excellent preparation for PhD work in politics or in the social sciences.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. International Politics

Globalisation and recent wars dramatise the enduring importance of world affairs to government, economics and people’s lives. If you are interested in a career focusing on global politics, the International Politics programme from The University of Hull is for you. 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.Sc. Political Science

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.

Department of Government