MA in Politics


Program Description

This course offers you the opportunity to study Politics at an advanced and specialised level, emphasising the interplay between the national, regional and global arenas. The underpinning theme of the MA Politics is participation - an issue that has, and looks likely to continue to be a key debate within political discourse.

Throughout the course you will have the unique opportunity to explore this theme through combining academic research skills with a period of work-based learning – either through existing links you might have with an organisation/institution, or through links established throughout the course.

We welcome applications from UK, EU and international students.

Why choose the MA Politics at NTU?

  • Gain an advanced and critical understanding of the discipline, whilst enhancing your research and employability skills.
  • Learn from research-active staff who have a proven track record delivering a high-quality student experience.
  • Explore possibilities of working alongside staff on specific projects linked to the Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship Scheme.
  • Integrate yourself into NTU's research culture by attending the Politics and International Relations Divisional Research Seminars and NTU's annual Alternative Futures conference.


While the primary aims of a university course have traditionally been intellectual in nature and specific to the subject(s) under study, NTU realises the importance of the role of higher education in training graduates to move into the labour market. The MA Politics will provide you with a range of ‘transferable skills' which will be essential to employment in a range of occupations, including:

  • The ability for independent and critical thought
  • Analysing and evaluating complex and unfamiliar problems
  • Working to tight deadlines
  • Presenting your ideas with confidence and clarity both in writing and in speech
  • Working and learning collaboratively with peers from a range of personal, academic and national backgrounds.
  • Alongside providing such transferable skills, we believe that the optional pathway through the Dissertation module will strongly enhance your employability skills and, more generally, the course's engagement with contemporary global issues – particularly those of participation, sustainability and citizenship – will ensure that your knowledge and ‘openness' to the wider world is up-to-date and relevant.

During the course, you will be encouraged to reflect critically on the subject-specific and transferable skills gained throughout, and in addition to discussing your ideas with the course team, you will have the opportunity to consult NTU's comprehensive Employability and Careers Service.

After graduating from the MA Politics, you might decide to continue your studies at MPhil / PhD level and there are a range of such opportunities here at NTU. Graduates will also be well placed to pursue careers and training in a wide variety of professions such as research, politics, public administration, the social and health services, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, accounting, marketing, human resources and management.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above).
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their Personal Statement.
  • No references are required when applying for this course.

Fees and funding

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Last updated May 2019

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