The objective of the course is to develop students' knowledge of international politics with a comprehensive empirical approach to understanding many prominent problems in contemporary world politics, especially topics where domestic and international politics cannot be understood in isolation from each other. These topics include democratisation, international cooperation, development and foreign aid, international conflict as well as the politics of many environmental issues and their implications for the politics of developing countries. Students will also receive training in research methods.
Candidates should normally have achieved an upper second class honour degree or higher from an established university. GPA scores of at least 3.3 out of 4, or equivalent, will be expected from international applicants. A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applications are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law.
The M.Sc. course consists of four compulsory modules and four elective (half) modules. The compulsory modules are:
•Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
The elective modules on offer vary from year to year.
In 2018-2019 these included:
•US Foreign Policy
•The European Court of Justice
•The Political Economy of International Development
•The Political Economy of China
•State and Society in the Developing World
•The Political Economy of Globalisation
In addition, students will complete a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science.
One year, full-time, Two years, part-time
Next Intake September 2020