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Legislative Studies & Practice

The programme seeks to develop students' knowledge of the historical and political contexts - regional, national and European - in which the Northern Ireland Assembly operates. Students can develop a detailed understanding of legislative practice through work-based learning in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and develop their analytical, communication and research skills.

Why queen's?
The advantages of this course include:
• A unique opportunity for work-based learning through a nine-month placement at the Northern Ireland Assembly, with three days a week between Monday-Thursday spent at the Assembly each week
• Placement is combined with study at Queen’s (on Fridays) which offers the theoretical and empirical tools to inform Assembly work
• Regular contact and input from an academic placement supervisor
• Study trips to the Oireachtas, Westminster and Brussels may also arranged.
• Option of a project or dissertation over the summer.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree at 65% or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Politics, European Studies, International Studies, Philosophy or a cognate subject area.

Shortlisted applicants for the programme will be interviewed by a panel comprising the Programme Convenor, one or more other members of the School's academic staff, and representatives of the Secretariat at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
• See Also The Into Graduate Diploma In Finance Which Combines Academic Study, Intensive English Language Teaching And Study Skills To Prepare You For Entry Into A University Masters Degree.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Two teaching hours per week plus regular contact with your supervisor.

This MA involves a nine-month placement (Sept-June) at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Careers or further progression

This distinctive and innovative Masters provides unique opportunities to combine academic study of contemporary politics with extensive practical knowledge of the workings of a legislative assembly.

It draws on supervised work placements, expert teaching and independent research to produce uniquely qualified postgraduates. The programme also serves as a solid base for a variety of careers, notably in the Civil Service, in politics and political consultancy, as well as to further research.

More generally, Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Elodie Fabre and Professor David Phinnemore
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 1366
Email: e.fabre@qub.ac.uk; d.phinnemore@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/happ

Subjects taught

At the core of this degree is a nine-month assessed placement with the Northern Ireland Assembly where students will be placed in one of several business units (eg a Committee, the Bills Office, Research and Information Services).

In addition, students take two taught modules which set the work of the Assembly in the wider contexts of devolution in Northern Ireland and of European integration. Following the placement and production of a portfolio and themed report, students complete a 15,000-word project or dissertation on a topic concerning legislative practice and/or studies.

This MA involves a nine-month placement (Sept-June) at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Assessment method

Essays, exam, learning journals, themed report, portfolio, project/ dissertation.

Application date

Closing date for applications to this course is 22nd February 2017.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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