MA/PDip in Comparative Politics

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations

Program Description

MA/PDip in Comparative Politics

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, it is essential to have a global perspective on politics. The MA in Comparative Politics offers you an advanced understanding of the key political questions of our age, studied through the comparison of different political systems across the five continents. You will acquire the theoretical and empirical knowledge needed to deal with questions in political behaviour and mass participation; governmental institutions and policy making; public values, attitudes, and opinion; tolerance and trust; mass media; collective action and social movements; parties and party systems; and modernisation and democratisation. You will also be trained in the methodological skills necessary to pursue your own research interests, in particular for the dissertation. The programme draws on Kent’s pool of expertise on Comparative Politics, brought together in the Comparative Politics Research Group. It offers a solid preparation for a range of professional careers in fields such as research, government, international organisations, and the media or a foundation for further studies at doctoral level.


Students who wish to apply for a higher degree must normally possess or be expected to obtain equivalent to a UK first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject such as Politics, International Relations, European Studies, Law or History. For admission to the MPhil/PhD programme, we normally require a Masters degree with a Distinction or a Merit. In some circumstances, relevant professional qualifications and work experience are taken into account in lieu of formal educational qualifications.


The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree, we recommend that students take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as an IELTS or PTE:

  • IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 6.5 including 6.0 in reading and writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C.

Only English Language tests taken up to a maximum of two years prior to the start date of registration will be accepted for admission into the University.

We can often waive the English requirement for non-native speakers of English that have obtained a higher degree of education which was taught entirely in English. In order for us to waive the English requirement applicants will need to provide a document from their University confirming that the medium of instruction for their degree was English. Please note if applicants require a visa to study in the UK, they will have to take an English test due to the visa regulations set out by UKVI.

TOEFL tests

You may or may not be aware that Education Testing Service (ETS), who administer TOEFL tests, licence to carry out secure English language tests for UKVI purposes has come to an end and has not been extended. Due to this, the University of Kent will only accept TOEFL tests dated up to and including 17th April 2014. Please also note, that those applicants who wish to use a TOEFL certificate as part of their visa application will need to make their visa application and pay the visa fee before 22nd July 2014. The only exception is for those applicants who will be taking our 1 year International Foundation Programme, in which case the visa application must be made and the visa fee paid by 1st October 2014. After these dates, visa applications relying on TOEFL certificates will not be accepted.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 - 24 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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