University of Essex

University of Essex

Politics with English for Academic Purposes

This course enhances students' language and academic skills, and helps to develop their knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and conceptual foundations of the discipline of political science, and of quantitative methods for studying politics. Successful completion qualifies students for entry to an appropriate Master's level course in the Department of Government.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a good 1st Honours degree, minimum of lower 2nd Class, or equivalent 3-year higher education qualification, from a recognised institution. If English is not your 1st language, then we require a minimum score of IELTS 5.5, with 5.5 minimum in all components. Decisions on your academic qualifications will be made in close consultation with the Department.

Course modules

Modules include: Comparative political analysis; critical thinking; English for academic purposes; political analysis; advanced English for academic purposes; extended English for academic purposes project; political parties in Britain and Europe.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) end-of-year exams and dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 4,532 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 9,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Administrator, International Academy
Telephone number: 
01206 872719