If you're looking for work in the public sector, the third sector or with non-governmental organisations our MSc in Politics is the course for you. It's also excellent preparation for PhD work in politics or in the social sciences. You'll study a range of compulsory and elective classes which will give you an advanced understanding of the study of politics. You'll learn about the design and implementation of advanced research projects in political science. You'll also learn about social sciences more generally. Ranked 6th in the UK for Politics (Times Good University Guide 2023)
Compulsory classes: Principles of Research Design, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods. Optional classes (choose four of the following): Contemporary International Relations, Debating International Relations Theory, International Institutions and Regimes, Feminism and International Relations, Policy Analysis, Comparative Public Policy, Quantitative Methods 2, European Governance, Comparative Political Economy.
Methods of assessment include written assignments, blogs, podcasts, practical team projects, presentations, individual projects, and exams. Most modules involve more than one method of assessment to help you realise your potential. These account for two-thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for the remaining third.
First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science. For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7100||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7100||Year 1|
Additional fee information
There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.
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