University of Essex

University of Essex


What is �political science� and how does that approach differ from simply historical reporting of political phenomena? How can politics be used to analyse the real world? What is the relationship between ideas and political practices? Our MA Politics allows you to explore these questions and more. The course is distinctive from our other Master's in that it allows you complete freedom of choice over the modules you take. It gives a background to the study of politics but isn�t as preoccupied with theory and methods as our other masters. You will be able to develop in subjects that are of interest to you, so it is ideal if you are looking to develop practical (applied) research skills that you can take into a workplace. An MA Politics can lead you to a career in a number of areas such as market research, the media, central and local government and private sector. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design and essay writing.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science like politics, international relations, economics, political economy or sociology. Degrees from other subjects may be considered where there is evidence of some mathematical training, statistical background and relevant work experience, although you will be required to submit a personal statement with your application form. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Dissertation; project. Optional modules: Advanced research methods; comparative European politics; conflict resolution; contemporary theories of justice; democracy beyond the nation state? The case of Europe; 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.

Assessment methods

Within our Department of Government, most of our taught modules comprise of coursework and exams, although some are 100 per cent coursework. Your coursework comes in the form of essays, simulations, presentations and in-class tests, with a dissertation required for all taught courses.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator
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01206 872719