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MA Politics

Politics is a field of empirical, theoretical and normative enquiry about the organization, interactions, and use and distribution of power within and between societies, organisations and groups at all levels from the interpersonal and the local, over the regional and national, to the transnational and global. Aspects of this field of enquiry have traditionally been studied under different headings or 'sub-disciplines', even though the relevant dynamics and normative questions at any of these levels can rarely be usefully considered in isolation, and their study always benefits from straddling these intra-disciplinary boundaries.
This conception is in line with the QAA benchmarks for the discipline of Politics & International Relations, which stresses the blurred boundaries and the contested nature of the field and its overlapping components.
This wholly flexible MA in Politics scheme therefore aims to allow students to benefit from the wide range of expertise and research interests present in the department, and, in consultation with the Director of MA Studies, to compose a programme of study that reflects their interests.
The objectives of this programme are:

  • to allow students to explore a broad range of interrelated aspects of the field of politics, adjusted to their specific background, interests, and career or further study aims, in a way that allows them to cross the boundaries of the subfields of the discipline
  • to enable students to gain detailed knowledge and critical awareness of the aspects on which they wish to concentrate, without artificially constraining them within any of the historically-grown subfields of the field of study
  • to provide students with the conceptual methodological and empirical background necessary to undertake research in the field
  • to help students develop and demonstrate the ability to plan and carry out extended independent research in the field of politics

Core Module

  • PPR400: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the course handbook.

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR410: Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  • PPR411: Approaches to Peace Studies
  • PPR412: International Organisation and Foreign Policy
  • PPR413: Globalisation, the State & Democracy in the Third World
  • PPR414: US Foreign Policy
  • PPR415: International Political Economy and the 'Digital Age'
  • PPR416: States, Markets and Globalisation
  • PPR417: The European Union
  • PPR418: Politics & International Relations of the Middle East
  • PPR419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution
  • PPR420: Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
  • PPR421: Comparative Defence Policy
  • PPR422: Security and Modernity
  • PPR423: Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
  • PPR424: Conflict, International Intervention & Global Governance
  • PPR425: Theorising Security and War
  • PPR426: Political Theory and Modernity: Order, Value, and Critique
  • PPR427: Politics and Policymaking in the UK
  • PPR428: Gender, War and Security in International Relations
  • PPR429: Politics and Policy-Making in Liberal Democracy
  • PPR430: Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR431: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR433: Social Capital: Making Democracy Work
  • PPR434: Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East
  • PPR435: International Relations and Politics of South Asia


Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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