Part time Master's Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom

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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

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MA in European and Global Governance (120 ECTS version)

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The European Union profoundly shapes the way politics and democracy work in Europe and is an influential actor on the global stage. It is a fascinating political system, whose complex nature generates passions and controversies [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. The European Union profoundly shapes the way politics and democracy work in Europe and is an influential actor on the global stage. It is a fascinating political system, whose complex nature generates passions and controversies and is at the forefront of today’s political debates. The MA in European and Global Governance is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the EU within a global context to those wishing to specialise on European affairs and prepare for a career in the EU policy-making sphere or as a specialist on Europe in the rest of the world. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach drawing from a wide range of courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Law, with particular focus on the constitutional design, processes of decision-making, public policy analysis, and the role of the EU in the world. The programme draws on Kent’s vast pool of expertise on European International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Law and benefits from the presence of the Global Europe Centre, a multidisciplinary research centre focussed on the study of Europe within a global context. This version of the programme offers you the opportunity to spend a term at one of our partner universities in Continental Europe. Programme Structure Full-time students complete this version of the MA in European and Global Governance – worth 240 Kent [120 ECTS] credits – over twenty-four months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students a total of nine taught modules must be taken, over two terms in the first year and in the first term of the second year. Students may spend the first term of the second year at one of our partner universities in Continental Europe, subject to approval by the Programme Director and subject to having achieved an average of 50% in the first year. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the second year. This version of the programme can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over four years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over four years, part-time students do three modules in each of the first three academic years and write a supervised dissertation in the fourth year. [-]

MA/PDip in European and Global Governance

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The European Union profoundly shapes the way politics and democracy work in Europe and is an influential actor on the global stage. It is a fascinating political system, whose complex nature generates passions and controversies [+]

The European Union profoundly shapes the way politics and democracy work in Europe and is an influential actor on the global stage. It is a fascinating political system, whose complex nature generates passions and controversies and is at the forefront of today’s political debates. The MA in European and Global Governance is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the EU within a global context to those wishing to specialise on European affairs and prepare for a career in the EU policy-making sphere or as a specialist on Europe in the rest of the world. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach drawing from a wide range of courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Law, with particular focus on the constitutional design, processes of decision-making, public policy analysis, and the role of the EU in the world. The programme draws on Kent’s vast pool of expertise on European International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Law and benefits from the presence of the Global Europe Centre, a multidisciplinary research centre focussed on the study of Europe within a global context. Programme Structure Full-time students complete the MA in European and Global Governance – worth 180 Kent [90 ECTS] credits – over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. Full time students complete the PDip in European and Global Governance – worth 120 Kent [60 ECTS] credits – over seven months. The PDip comprises six taught modules only – i.e. without a dissertation. Both the MA and the PDip can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and – in the case of the MA – write a supervised dissertation thereafter. [-]

Postgraduate Research Programmes

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the world who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the world who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline. The breadth of expertise within the School enables us to provide research supervision on a very wide range of topics across Politics and International Relations. Research students can specialise in one of the following four areas: - Comparative Politics, MA-R, MPhil, PhD - International Conflict Analysis MA, MPhil, PhD - International Relations, MA-R, MPhil, PhD - Political and Social Thought, MA-R, MPhil, PhD MA-R The MA-R is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme. Candidates research and write a thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words under the supervision of one or two academic staff. The formal requirement to obtain the qualification is that the thesis must show the candidate is able to conduct an independent study, to understand its relationship to a wider field of knowledge, and to organise and present the thesis in an appropriate manner. MPhil The MPhil is a two-year full-time or three-year part-time programme. Candidates research and write a thesis of a maximum of 56,000 words under the supervision of two academic staff. The formal requirement to obtain the qualification is that the thesis must show the ability to conduct an original investigation, to test ideas, and to understand the relationship between the theme of the thesis and the wider field of knowledge of which it forms a part. PhD The PhD is a three-year full-time or five-year part-time programme. Candidates research and write a thesis of a maximum of 100,000 words under the supervision of two academic staff. The formal requirement to obtain the qualification is that the thesis must be an original contribution to knowledge or understanding of the field under investigation and be of such scholarly merit as to justify publication. [-]

MA/PDip in Comparative Politics

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 24 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

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 [+]

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. Qualifications 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. English 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. [-]

MPhil, PhD in Learning Disability

University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Campus Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The Tizard Centre is one of the leading academic groups concerned with learning disabilities and community care. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside academics renowned nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field. [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. The Tizard Centre is one of the leading academic groups concerned with learning disabilities and community care. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside academics renowned nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field. The Tizard Centre offers the following research programmes on a full or part-time basis: - Community Care (MPhil and PhD) - Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (MPhil and PhD) - Applied Psychology (MPhil and PhD) - Mental Health (MPhil and PhD) Potential topics and supervisors We welcome applications concerning all aspects of community care, but the academic staff named below are particularly interested in supervising research in the following specialist areas: Funding The Tizard Centre has one departmental studentship to award to an outstanding applicant. This covers tuition fees, plus a bursary of around £13,726 per annum for a period of 3 years. In return for this you will be expected to do a limited amount of teaching within the department on a regular basis. [-]

MSc Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning)

University of Kent, Centre for Professional Practice
Online & Campus Combined Part time 3 - 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning) MSc is a trans-disciplinary programme for qualified teachers who want to develop and enhance their practice at postgraduate [+]

Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning) MSc is a trans-disciplinary programme for qualified teachers who want to develop and enhance their practice at postgraduate level. The programme offers you the opportunity to explore your profession further and consider the challenges associated with your professional practice, with modules that have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working. You will also develop your generic knowledge and skills in the workplace. In particular, you develop strategic skills, critical analysis and knowledge relating to inter-professional working and research-based practice. The programme ultimately offers you the opportunity to consolidate your generic knowledge and skills in the workplace while being able to focus on a specific area of practice relevant to your work. The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP) The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within Higher Education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation. We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond. The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice. For more information please contact the Centre for Professional Practice, University of Kent, T: 01634 88 8929 , E: cppmedway@kent.ac.uk, Web: www.kent.ac.uk/cpp [-]

MA/MSc Professional Practice

University of Kent, Centre for Professional Practice
Online & Campus Combined Part time 1 - 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Professional Practice programme is a work-related learning programme designed for participants from private, public and third sector settings such as health and social care; education; local government; public services; human resources [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. Professional Practice programme is a work-related learning programme designed for participants from private, public and third sector settings such as health and social care; education; local government; public services; human resources; administrative services; cultural industries or the arts. The programme offers you the opportunity to attain academic recognition for the skills, knowledge and experience that you have developed in the workplace whilst focusing on a specific area of practice relevant to your work and enhance career progression. You will explore your profession further and consider the challenges associated with your professional practice, with modules that have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working. The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP) The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within Higher Education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation. We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond. The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice. For more information please contact the Centre for Professional Practice, University of Kent, T: 01634 88 8929 , E: cppmedway@kent.ac.uk, Web: www.kent.ac.uk/cpp [-]

MA in Methods of Social Research

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This programme's objective is to develop skills in planning, carrying out, writing up and appraising research and to introduce you to the main techniques for qualitative and quantitative research, including conducting surveys [+]

This programme's objective is to develop skills in planning, carrying out, writing up and appraising research and to introduce you to the main techniques for qualitative and quantitative research, including conducting surveys, interviewing, running focus groups, designing experimental trails, using life history and observational techniques, and analysing data. The course also provides a base for students who are going on to do an MPhil or PhD by research, or may be of value if you commission or manage social research or use findings from research projects in your professional life. Please note: Students wishing to study on this programme must register MA in Social Research Methods offered by SSPSSR. Modules must be approved by the programme director. Programme structure Full-time students complete the MA in Methods of Social Research over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter. The programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma, which entails the same taught curriculum as the MA but does not require a dissertation. It is thus worth 120 credits [60 ECTS]. The Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis. [-]

MA/PDip in Security and Terrorism

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This programme analyses the phenomena of terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors, drawing on various disciplines within the Social Sciences. Students will explore the theoretical, methodological [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. This programme analyses the phenomena of terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors, drawing on various disciplines within the Social Sciences. Students will explore the theoretical, methodological, and ethical debates relating to the study of state and non-state violence, and will consider their implications for various international actors and policy-makers. Students will have input from research-active staff with considerable expertise in the fields of International Relations, Sociology and Criminology. Students will assess the measures taken by states and international organisations to deter terrorism, and the relationships between terrorism and counter-terror measures. Students will be asked to critique the various theoretical and methodological approaches deployed by social scientists to study these phenomena. The following questions will be explored: How are we to understand terrorism in contemporary society? How does terrorism differ from other forms of political violence? What is the impact of terrorism on civil liberties? Are there differences between the Global North and the Global South in relation to the use of political violence? How do the social sciences differ in their approaches to terrorism and political violence? The course will also consider the actual risk posed by international terrorism and whether or not the threat is enhanced by the fears and anxieties generated by a risk-averse culture. Scholars and policymakers have all recognised the need to address security and terrorism issues from as broad a range of perspectives as possible, as this will lead to much deeper and better informed understandings of the problems. Therefore, the programme responds to this need, enabling students to explore the security and terrorism challenges we face in the contemporary world from a variety of perspectives drawing from disciplines across the Social Sciences, including International Relations, Sociology and Criminology, as well as drawing on expertise from law and human rights. Programme structure Full-time students complete the MA in Security and Terrorism over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter. The programme is also offered in a 120 ECTS format – comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation over 18 months – and as a Postgraduate Diploma – comprising six taught modules only – worth 120 Kent credits [60 ECTS]. Both the 120 ECTS version and the Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis. [-]

MA/PDip in Political Theory and Practices of Resistance

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This MA explores the theme of 'resistance' in political theory. It examines how this theme has featured in the history of political ideas from Plato to Badiou. It also investigates past and present practices of resistance [+]

This MA explores the theme of 'resistance' in political theory. It examines how this theme has featured in the history of political ideas from Plato to Badiou. It also investigates past and present practices of resistance in a wide range of activities including art, film, poetry and fiction. By linking theory to practice and focusing on a core thematic, this MA will develop an innovative approach to political thought encompassing historical, conceptual and practical knowledge. The core modules provide a strong grounding in theories and practices of resistance, and it offers students the opportunity to do an assessed practical performance. Programme structure Full-time students complete the MA in Political Theory and Practices of Resistance over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter. The programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma, which entails the same taught curriculum as the MA but does not require a dissertation. It is thus worth 120 credits [60 ECTS]. The Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis. [-]

MA/PDip in International Security and the Politics of Terror

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This is the first MA programme to provide an insight into the emerging synergy between national security planning and international security challenges. The curriculum provides students with a good grounding in the study of the contending [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. This is the first MA programme to provide an insight into the emerging synergy between national security planning and international security challenges. The curriculum provides students with a good grounding in the study of the contending approaches and issues in international security and the challenges of national security planning in the age of terror. Students benefit from studying in a research-active and policy informed learning environment. The two core modules are team taught and deal with issues that range from homeland security, counter terrorism, war crimes, non proliferation and energy security. The course also explores the use of non military tools to combat terrorism and the infringement of civil liberties and problems of social cohesion in national security planning. As new international security challenges such as international terrorism and organised crime directly bear upon national security issues like civil emergency planning, there is an increasing need to understand what the new security challenges are and how the lines between international and national security are now so often interchangeable. Programme structure Full-time students complete the MA in International Security and the Politics of Terror over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter. The programme is also offered in a 120 ECTS format – comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation over 18 months – and as a Postgraduate Diploma – comprising six taught modules only – worth 120 Kent credits [60 ECTS]. Both the 120 ECTS version and the Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis. [-]

MA/PDip in International Relations

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The MA in International Relations considers contemporary questions in International Relations theory and practice. The accent is on critical consideration of traditional approaches to the discipline. In the post-Cold War globalising [+]

The MA in International Relations considers contemporary questions in International Relations theory and practice. The accent is on critical consideration of traditional approaches to the discipline. In the post-Cold War globalising world there is an increasingly apparent need for ever-more sophisticated ways of understanding the dramatic changes taking place. This programme addresses that need. This MA programme provides students with advanced training, by way of coursework and dissertation, in the general methods, scope, theories, and findings in the field of International Relations. It builds on an undergraduate specialisation in the field of International Relations or a similar discipline; it gives a systematic preparation for original postgraduate research or for a demanding international career; and it constitutes a programme of training for those who have graduated in other fields and wish to transfer to International Relations. Programme structure Full-time students complete the MA in International Relations over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter. The programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma, which entails the same taught curriculum as the MA but does not require a dissertation. It is thus worth 120 credits [60 ECTS]. The Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis. The programme is offered in a 120 ECTS format - comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation over 18 months. A two year MA with the first year spent in Brussels and the second year in Canterbury is also available and is worth 120 ECTS. [-]

MA/PDip in International Conflict Analysis

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Conflict, in its many forms, has been a permanent feature of human society. While not all conflict is destructive, the violent conduct of conflict has caused innumerable deaths and indescribable pain and suffering. It [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. Conflict, in its many forms, has been a permanent feature of human society. While not all conflict is destructive, the violent conduct of conflict has caused innumerable deaths and indescribable pain and suffering. It is this kind of deadly conflict that International Conflict Analysis addresses. It tries to understand its causes, to explain its effects and to describe its dynamics in order to prepare actors, be they state governments, international organisations or individuals, to better manage conflict peacefully, or to prevent it in the first place. This degree examines the major theories and leading practices of conflict and conflict resolution in international affairs, supplementing theory with detailed case studies. Topics include risk analysis, negotiation, mediation, conference diplomacy, twin track diplomacy, third party intervention, peace keeping, peace making, and coercive diplomacy. The programme includes simulation exercises. The programme draws on the vast pool of expertise on conflict analysis, management and resolution in the Department and benefits from the presence of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, a leading research centre in the field. Programme structure Full-time students complete the MA in International Conflict Analysis over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year. The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter. The programme is also offered in a 120 ECTS format – comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation over 18 months – and as a Postgraduate Diploma – comprising six taught modules only – worth 120 Kent credits [60 ECTS]. Both the 120 ECTS version and the Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis. [-]

MA in Comparative Politics (120 ECTS version)

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

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 [+]

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, and offers you the opportunity to spend a term at one of our partner institutions in Continental Europe. 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. If you study full-time, you will complete this version of the MA in Comparative Politics – worth 240 Kent [120 ECTS] credits – over twenty-four months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students a total of nine taught modules must be taken, over two terms in the first year and in the first term of the second year. You may spend the first term of the second year at one of our partner institutions in Continental Europe, subject to approval by the Programme Director and subject to having achieved an average of 50% in the first year. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the second year. This version of the programme can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over four years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over four years, part-time students do three modules in each of the first three academic years and write a supervised dissertation in the fourth year. [-]

MPhil, PhD in Migration Studies

University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Campus Part time September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The Migration, Ethnicity, Religion and Belonging (MERB) cluster provides a home for the exciting and varied research on issues of migration and belonging - as typified by current studies on race, ethnicity, religion and [+]

Part time Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Kent in United Kingdom. The Migration, Ethnicity, Religion and Belonging (MERB) cluster provides a home for the exciting and varied research on issues of migration and belonging - as typified by current studies on race, ethnicity, religion and space occurring within and beyond SSPSSR. Employing a range of theoretical and methodological approaches and substantive foci, members of MERB are united by a shared interest in the ‘external’ socio-cultural and political environments in which racial, citizenship, and state/geographic identities and opportunities are constructed. We also share interests in the ‘internal’ environments of community, family and embodied capacities/identities through which individuals and groups resist and act creatively upon these horizons of constraint and possibility. This dual view is also reflected by research on the tensions between the ‘public’ and ‘private’ and how these both shape and are shaped by the dynamics of religious identity in the UK and beyond. Current research on race and ethnicity (e.g. on the ‘second generation’ or ‘mixed race’) explores how individuals develop identities through strategies of adaptation, integration and mobilization. Other projects investigate political transnationalism, and the experiences of immigration detainees in the UK. Ongoing analyses in belonging and religion explore the links between formal and substantive citizenship, and the sense of feeling ‘at home’ within the nation-state or in specific ethnic/class or gendered communities. Central here is an interest in the increased significance of religion as a resource of belonging, and its relevance to transnational identities and debates about ‘integration’, as well as theoretical analyses of embodiment as a foundation of identity and meaning-making cultural and religious practices. The School has a strong cluster of scholars working on migration, ethnicity/race, racisms, racial inequality, religious habitus and difference, diaspora and belonging – especially in urban contexts. A number of staff (Miller, Garbin, Song, De Hanas) research debates concerning multiculturalism, social cohesion, and second generation ethnic identity and integration, especially in urban contexts. Garbin and De Hanas research the role of religion in political participation among South Asian, Caribbean, and African communities. Miller’s research revolves around issues of ‘belonging’ and how it relates to both spatial and online contexts (both ‘on the ground’ and through media), especially among minority communities. Song has researched not only second generation ethnic identities, but has written about various measures of ‘integration’. Extending the research on identity and belonging, Ray investigates Jewish diaspora, memory and identity. The experiences of British ethnic minorities, racisms and racial inequality are also key themes (Mitton, Song), as is racial violence (Ray). Mitton’s research has focused on the experiences of Black Africans in Britain. Song has also been working on theories of racialization and racisms. Mapping one major demographic change in Britain in recent years, Song (and Aspinall) leads in research on ‘mixedness’ and ‘mixed race’ young people’s experiences in Britain, with a Leverhulme grant on the intergenerational transmission of ethnic/racial identity by mixed race parents. Another aspect of ‘mixing’ concerns Kirton’s work on trans-racial adoption, which has been important in shaping policy in this area. Migration (in its many forms) is a major focus of research: research on refugees and asylum seekers is also central within the School (Hubbard, Masocha, Robinson). Garbin and De Hanas also research the ways in which South Asian and African communities engage in various forms of transnational networks. In addition to scholarship on religious difference within the School, Shilling has extended his internationally acclaimed work on the body into investigations of how the embodied foundations of human being can be forged into particular identities through a theory of 'religious body pedagogics'. Shilling is presently working on a novel development of these issues in a book on the religious habitus, The Body and Social Theory. [-]