MA Politics

University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

Program Description

MA Politics

University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

MA Politics

MA Politics offers you ...

  • a firm grounding in political analysis
  • a critical insight in the defining events and dynamics of modern society
  • a rigorous grounding in the dominant paradigms of political science
  • an ability to personalise your programme.

If you want to ...

  • study in an intellectually vigorous environment
  • participate in a dynamic research atmosphere
  • access expertise in electoral and representative politics or regional specialisms

... then consider MA Politics.

"MA Politics offers a thorough understanding of contemporary political issues with some of the most cutting edge, research-led teaching on offer." David Seawright, Politics Academic Group Leader.

The early 21st century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the global political landscape, with rapidly shifting regime change and new types of political actor transcending national borders.

MA Politics draws on the unique range of country and conceptual expertise in the School of Politics and International Studies to provide a programme which builds on core political analysis to allow you, with the support of staff in the School, to tailor your academic module selection to suit your expectations of the qualification.

On graduation, you will have built a portfolio of in-depth study of many of the defining events and dynamics of modern society, across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, providing an understanding of the world that will prove invaluable in either further academic study or as professional knowledge in the relevant postgraduate career.

You will study Advanced Political Analysis, which provides a rigorous grounding in the dominant paradigms of political science, and is designed to equip you with the tools to study the key ways in which political phenomena can be explained and understood.

The Politics Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in politics through independent research and the preparation of a 12,000 word dissertation, under the supervision of a subject expert in the School.

You choose the remainder of your programme from the range of elective modules that, under guidance from academic staff, allow you to tailor the programme to your own learning requirements.

Career possibilities

As a graduate from this programme, you are well placed to move on to a range of careers where both substantive knowledge of key political domains, and the critical analytical and communication skills developed in the course of your study, are relevant.

In particular, MA Politics provides an excellent grounding for those seeking to launch careers in a range of related areas such as media, civil service, NGOs, trade unions and academia. It is also ideally suited if you wish to develop the skills necessary to pursue a PhD in Politics.

Why study with us?

As one of the largest departments of Politics and International Studies in the United Kingdom, we aim to provide students with an intellectually rigorous and exciting environment in which to study, and a varied array of academic topics in which we possess expertise.

The flexible structure to the MA Politics programme allows you a very high degree of input into the appropriate content for you, under the guidance of School staff.

The combination in the School of Politics with International Relations and Development Studies gives you the unique opportunity to include associated disciplinary content where that complements the main Politics provision.

Research-led teaching

Working within a School with almost forty academics specialising in a range of Politics, International Relations and Development expertise, you will be immersed in a dynamic research environment which informs the content of your taught modules, as well as feeding directly into your own primary research through supervision of your dissertation.

All of the School’s research groups, including Leadership, Parties and Institutions and Political Theory, are accessible through the optional modules, and, in addition, have thriving research seminar series where staff and postgraduate researchers present papers from their own work.

A thriving academic culture

The Leadership, Parties and Institutions group, together with a growing expertise in electoral and representative politics, forms the largest of the research groups linked to this MA.

With one of the most renowned teams of researchers on Westminster politics, students wishing to specialise in British Politics or legislative studies will find themselves in a uniquely productive environment.

The diversity of the School’s profile means significant expertise is also to be found in regional specialisations on China, South-East Asia, African Development and the Middle East, for example.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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United Kingdom - Leeds, England
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