This MA is designed for students who want a general introduction to Politics rather than specialisation in one particular field. It is ideal for those students who may have graduated in another subject but wish to secure a grounding in Politics. However, anyone with a degree in Politics can usefully broaden and deepen their knowledge of political science by taking this programme. Non-graduates with suitable qualifications and relevant governmental or political experience, who wish to stand back from everyday concerns in order to secure an academic perspective, may also be eligible for admission, subject to their basic educational qualifications.
Why Study Politics at UEA?
In PSI, we pride ourselves on providing top quality teaching. Independent monitors have given us top marks for our teaching and we have consistently scored highly in student surveys too. We offer research-led teaching which means that your lecturers will be able to give the most up-to-date, cutting edge information on your subject of study. We think you will find it a stimulating environment to study. Many students come from Britain, of course, but others come from all over the world. It will only help in your studies to meet and learn from people from all sorts of different cultures.
Courses, Content and Structure
The MA lasts twelve months for full-time students and two years for those studying part-time. You will have seminars and lectures during the first two semesters and then over the summer you will work on your dissertation which is handed in at the start of September.
Over the course of the MA, you will develop a variety of transferable skills. These include debating, giving oral presentations, team work, project work and essay writing. All students also take a module called Methods of Social Enquiry which is specifically designed to help you improve your research skills. This will enable you to write a better dissertation, but it will also be useful if you decide to take up a career in research.
The dissertation is a very important part of the MA. Students choose their own topic and are allocated an individual supervisor who gives advice on all aspects of writing and researching a dissertation. We also organise a Postgraduate Day when all postgraduates, including MA and PhD students, meet together and discuss their research. There is a session set aside for MA students to discuss their dissertation proposals. A guest speaker also gives a talk on the subject of his or her research and there is still time to socialise over a free buffet lunch.
Assessment is based on a mix of dissertation, essays, research papers and performance in seminars.
Post-Graduate Online Journal
At their own initiative, MA students recently set up an e-journal, called Irrational, which publishes the work of students. It can be found at the PSI website: www.irrationalmagazine.org
It is difficult at the moment to find good jobs, but it is always good to have an extra qualification, and an MA is a good way of making yourself look a bit different from the rest. The career centre at the University is an excellent resource, and it helps us put on special days for students studying Politics when people working in the field come and discuss their jobs and how they got into them. Recent graduates from our MA programmes have taken up jobs in a wide variety of fields, including: business, teaching, research, journalism, the UN and many other international organisations.
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Last updated August 1, 2016