Master's Degree in Political Science in England in United Kingdom

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Political Science

A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.

Political science programs teach students the basic elements of the government and the various factions and processes that control it. Topics such as comparative government, international relations, and conflict resolution may also be covered.

UK, United Kingdom is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK has been a centre of learning for the past 1,000 years and possesses many ancient and distinguished universities. Foreign students make up a significant proportion of the student body at UK universities.

England is the largest of the four "home nations" that make up the United Kingdom. It is also the most populous of the four with almost 52 million inhabitants (roughly 84% of the total population of the UK).

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Master in Politics

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The study of politics in the UK usually falls under the category of International Relations/Politics. This is similar to what we would call “political science” in North America. These types of programs are most of interest to those who are socially engaged and curious about the how and why of the way the world operates. [+]

Masters in Political Science in England in United Kingdom. The study of politics in the UK usually falls under the category of International Relations/Politics. This is similar to what we would call “political science” in North America. These types of programs are most of interest to those who are socially engaged and curious about the how and why of the way the world operates. Politics and IR embrace many different areas, such as EU, north-south issues, security policy, environmental issues, social policies, etc. At the undergraduate level students will usually get a broad introduction to the different areas within this field. At the Masters level students can then choose to specialize in one or more areas. Politics and policy decisions affect everyone. Whether it's forming policy for allocating money to schools and education, preventing contamination, private or national healthcare, forming international foreign policy, etc. These are all relevant matters in question that affect your everyday life. In the study of politics and IR, students learn about how such questions have been answered throughout history by different countries, as well as what the dialogue is now. Students think through how different solutions have been reached in the past, and how historic premises have played a role in the differences. Britain is a fascinating country in which to study policy, with a large international student population, as well as renowned professors from around the world. With so many bringing a different understanding of the world based on where they come from, there... [-]

MA/PDip in Security and Terrorism

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

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 [+]

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.... [-]

MA/PDip in Political Theory and Practices of Resistance

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

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 [+]

Masters in Political Science in England in United Kingdom. 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... [-]

MA in Peace and Conflict Studies (International Double Award)

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Full time 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 [+]

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 Peace and Conflict Studies 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 School and benefits from the presence of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, a leading research centre in the field. This programme offers the opportunity to study at the University of Marburg. You will spend the first year in Canterbury and the second year in Marburg where courses will be taught in English. Students start the programme in Kent as this is the more convenient option regarding the internship, because the Spring Term at Kent University ends in early April which allows students to do the internship between April and September. This allows time for an internship of... [-]

MA/PDip in International Security and the Politics of Terror

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

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 [+]

Masters in Political Science in England 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... [-]

MA/PDip in International Conflict Analysis

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

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 [+]

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... [-]

MA/PDip in European and Global Governance

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

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 [+]

Masters in Political Science in England 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. 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... [-]

MA in Comparative Politics (120 ECTS version)

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

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.... [-]

Postgraduate Research Programmes

University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

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 [+]

Masters in Political Science in England 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... [-]

PhD, MPhil, MA(R) Social Policy

University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Research Degrees at Kent cover a range of range of areas including comparative policy analysis; the ‘Third Sector’; the organization [+]

Research Degrees at Kent cover a range of range of areas including comparative policy analysis; the ‘Third Sector’; the organization and delivery of welfare; the analysis and management of risk in health and welfare; social policy in the Middle East; “race” and ethnicity; work; the welfare state, risk and society, violence, NGOs, social aspects of the body, and religion. We offer: - High-quality supervision across a wide range of areas. - Individually tailored supervisory teams. - A careful programme of induction, monitoring and development designed to advance your studies and career. - Membership of School Research Groups - Career development through a Professional Seminar Series - Access to a range of seminar series - Membership of study groups. If you wish to join with us to study for a research degree, it is advisable to make contact with a potential supervisor in order to develop with them a proposal. Attendance - MA one year full-time or two years part-time - MPhil two years full-time or three years part-time - PhD three years full-time or five years part-time. Start: At any time, but preferably in September [-]

MA Political Sociology

University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MA in Political Sociology combines sociology and political science to address key issues of social and political change in modern societies. It examines the interaction and interdependence among social and political [+]

Masters in Political Science in England in United Kingdom. The MA in Political Sociology combines sociology and political science to address key issues of social and political change in modern societies. It examines the interaction and interdependence among social and political institutions, processes and action, especially collective action, and is distinctive in its focus on social and political movements, protest, and the less conventional and institutionalised forms of political action and participation, environmental politics and globalisation. Depending upon your choice of option modules, the programme will also give you: - An understanding of the theoretical problems of political sociological inquiry and their relationship to research practices - Knowledge of the methodological procedures used to investigate a wide range of practical and substantive issues - Skills in practical research-related tasks - Awareness of the range of secondary data available and the ability to evaluate its utility for your research - The opportunity to develop transferable employment-related skills through group work, presentations and the use of information technologies - An enhanced capacity to undertake independent research. The programme is also designed to enhance your professional development. We place considerable emphasis on the socialisation of graduate students into a research community. This is reflected in our pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. There is less didactic teaching and more emphasis on structured seminars with greater participation from students. Class sizes are generally much smaller than at undergraduate level and you will be taught by established members of the academic staff, many of whom... [-]

MA Advanced Child Protection Research and Practice

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

Our course uses innovative and cutting edge techniques and technology, in particular the use of inter-professional simulations, expert lectures, in the form of audio and videoed podcasts, acted role plays and discussion [+]

Do you want to study child protection in a different and more effective way? Our course uses innovative and cutting edge techniques and technology, in particular the use of inter-professional simulations, expert lectures, in the form of audio and videoed podcasts, acted role plays and discussion forums. We are proud to bring together inter-professional perspectives from teachers, social workers, police and health visitors and focus on skills of direct work with both parents and children. The cost of this two year MA is £3800 per year and there is an organisational discount for 2 or more students email us to discuss this further. Course benefits - Academic and professional support from staff in a Centre of excellence and innovationin child protection - The opportunity to study in a School with a long established tradition of research - Supportive, student-centred teaching and learning; provision for a diverse student population - The development of knowledge on child protection and safeguarding - Innovative methods of teaching and learning suited to flexible learning - Teaching by a range of specialists with national and international reputations - The opportunity to study and access this expertise through distance learning. - Outstanding teaching, research and support facilities including access to extensive online resources, national and cross national data-bases and books and journal. [-]

MA/PDip in Comparative Politics

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

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 [+]

Masters in Political Science in England in United Kingdom. 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... [-]

Executive Master in EU Studies

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)
Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

CIFE offers in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chairholder of CETEUS of the University of Cologne and other partners a postgraduate programme -- Executive Master in EU Studies ... [+]

The  Executive Master in EU Studies is organised by the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE – www.cife.eu) in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chairholder of CEUTUS (Centre for Turkish and European Studies) of the University of Cologne. CIFE is a private institution of higher education and research, founded in 1954 with its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Bruxelles and Istanbul. It receives special funding in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union. Most graduates of CIFE’s programme work nowadays for European institutions, international organisations and NGOs. The Executive Master in EU Studies is an interdisciplinary study programme designed for professionals, postgraduates, junior officials and all those who plan to make a career in the EU, have gained experience in this field and want to specialise in a certain policy area. Through a  combination of e-learning and concentrated face-to-face-learning phases  (at weekends in Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, Nice, Vienna and Rome) the Master offers an accurate blend of theoretical and practical knowledge as the courses are taught by renowned academics from various European countries, experts from research institutions and governmental practitioners. It awards 90 ECTS. In the first study year, the programme offers: Well-founded knowledge on the EU through a number of courses (Institutional architecture of the EU, EU Law, History of EU integration, The EU in World Politics, Economic Dimension of EU integration, Transition and Regional Development, Sustainable Development, Security and Migration) An understanding of recent developments in the European integration process... [-]

Masters in Public Administration (MPA)

University of Portsmouth
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Portsmouth

If you want to enter or enhance a career in central, regional or local government, or in organisations in partnerships with governments, this course has been designed to meet your needs. It brings together people from a wide range of organisations to create an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational educational environment. [+]

Masters in Political Science in England in United Kingdom. Integrated study of the management and administration of public sector organisations Duration: 1 year full time Tuition: -UK/EU - £4,600 (subject to annual increase); -Non EU - £11,500 (Full-time) If you want to enter or enhance a career in central, regional or local government, or in organisations in partnerships with governments, this course has been designed to meet your needs. It brings together people from a wide range of organisations to create an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational educational environment. While we prefer applicants to have experience of a public sector managerial role, exceptions may be made for a good relevant degree. We have both January and September start dates for this course. On this course you can: Examine the ways in which public policies are made and implemented and acquire specialist subject knowledge in fields relevant to your career choices Compare policy processes and outputs within specific policy fields including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration  Obtain a wider international perspective of public policies, management systems and administrative systems What opportunities might it lead to? The course delivers transferable lifelong skills that you will be able to apply to complex issues, both systematically and creatively. This will improve your capabilities and enable you to work with self-direction and originality, as well as help you contribute to public administration and society at large. Entry requirements A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or... [-]