Through a combination of core and specialist modules, the MSc in Politics will enable you to analyse the multifaceted origins, evolution and development of contemporary political systems, within and beyond Europe. You will explore the application of a range of foundational theories and contemporary concepts that make up the canon of Politics. With the fundaments firmly in place, you will then interrogate the relative merits and shortcomings of political, economic and socio-cultural philosophies, structures of power, and systems of governance in order to better understand the challenges of managing dynamics like migration and balancing majority and minority demands within local and global political systems.
Modules on Politics (including a concentration on the Migration and Minorities specialism) examine the development and operation of political institutions, actors, law, public and foreign policies, the role of sovereign states, and the relations between key communities within, across, and beyond borders.
Formal lectures and interactive seminars help to explore local, regional and global actors, as well analyzing the place of key communities in terms of their political, legal, economic and cultural identities.
Based on nationally and internationally-recognized teaching styles, graduate classes in Politics are guaranteed to be engaging and interactive, ranging from simulation games that reflect the actual workings of a given political institution via negotiation-based group work, to detailed analysis of key treaties or policies. In addition, you will be encouraged to produce work in the form of briefing notes, blogs, and pieces of advocacy, both individually and within groups, in a way that helps you focus on the contemporary challenges that for example Europe, or the US faces within regional and international arenas. This ensures that you complete the MSc in Politics with an advanced knowledge of your chosen area, thanks to the most contemporary of pedagogic styles.
All students follow 5 core modules, which provide a comprehensive foundation for the pathway as a whole. The modules are taught to all graduate students within the Politics/IR programme, introducing them to basic concepts, working approaches, research methodologies and current political dilemmas that help link the scholarly subject matter of International Relations, Politics and European Politics to real-world issues.
- Research Methods 1, and Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (Autumn term)
- Research Methods 2, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (Spring term)
- The MSc Dissertation in European Politics and Diplomacy (Spring and Summer terms)
All five of these graduate modules have been carefully and methodically laid out in a clear and comprehensive fashion, preparing you in the most thorough and engaging way possible to manage your accompanying specialism modules, and subsequently undertake the graduate dissertation that completes the totality of the degree pathway. Designed in a comprehensively interdisciplinary manner with colleagues from across the School of Politics, Psychology and Sociology, the two Research Methods modules are specially designed to introduce graduate students to both the fundaments of graduate study, and the research requirements appropriate for European Politics, as well as International Relations and Politics.
The working practices and methods laid out in the two Research Methods modules will provide you with the historical and theoretical foundations of social and political science, and then move on to examine the full range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, analytical, methodological and writing skills. The objectives of these foundational courses are reinforced in the two associated core modules: Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations, in which you will gain a genuinely multi-dimensional perspective on the classical theories and contemporary analysis that comprises the world of Politics, and the particular challenges of your Migration and Minorities specialism.
Attention is paid to developing transferrable skills in all five of these core modules, generating a variety of viable research skills and techniques, a range of written outputs, and increasing confidence in giving oral presentations. From this foundation of 80 credits, you then take another 40 credits of taught modules, deepening your specialism area, and further preparing you for your selected dissertation topic in the area of Politics. The dissertation is the culmination of the postgraduate learning experience in the MSc Politics, drawing upon the wide range of intellectual and skills developed throughout the degree pathway, and providing an extended opportunity for you to undertake independent work, display individual thought, and take responsibility for the management of your own learning.
MSc in Politics (Migration and Minorities Specialism)
|Research Methods 1 and 2 (40 Credits)
|Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (20 Credits)
|Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (20 Credits)
|The Politics of Migration
|Nationalism, Ethnicity and Minority Politics
|Dissertation: Assessing Politics, Migration and/or Minorities (60 Credits)