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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Political Science

Programme code:MSC-POL/SCUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Kris Dunn Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements in line with current POLIS requirements.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

POLIS MA Examination Board

Programme specification:

The MSc Political Science programme will focus on the development of analytical skills in the context of political research. Many of the modules that students will have the option to take on this programme will have an associated skill-set that will be a primary focus within the module. The precise skills learned on the module will depend on which modules the student enrol and range from statistical analysis to formal modelling of strategic decision making and from interviews and focus groups to digital methods of data collection and analysis (including internet data collection, natural language processing and social network analysis). Students will have the opportunity to engage with the Third Sector and utilize their acquired skills to benefit a specific organization and their constituents. A principle goal of this programme is to provide students with a clear set of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers that have an interest in the analysis of political issues.

This programme strongly values cross-disciplinary collaboration and has partnered with other Schools in the university to provide students with a wide range of options in both subject matter and method while retaining a focus on political relevance. Students will therefore have the opportunity to participate in modules outside of POLIS that also emphasize skills acquisition. The extra-POLIS modules available for credit offer either skills that complement those offered in POLIS modules or offer an entirely unique skill-set useful for the study and analysis of political issues..

Students will also have the option of taking modules with a focus on knowledge acquisition and reinforcing and developing previously-acquired skills in critical analysis and writing. In these modules, students will develop an in-depth knowledge of a range of topics highly relevant to our modern political environment. The topics range from immediately relevant issues such as Brexit, to broader considerations around politics and economics, the interaction between politics and the media, and even how popular culture helps to shape our understanding of world politics. The student’s module choice is kept flexible to allow students to tailor their education to their interests and needs.

The wide variety of skills on offer that are useful both within and outside of academia make this programme a highly valuable programme for those wishing to acquire a host of valued analytical skills to improve their appeal for either the job or PhD market.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep, Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates must choose at least 120 credits from the following modules

FOAH5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PIED5235MEducation in Development30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5527MTheories and Concepts in Global Political Economy30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5528MCapitalism in Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5650MDiplomatic Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5652MGlobal Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5660MEthics and Politics of Migration and Citizenship30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5734MAnalysing Data in Political Science30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5736MPolitics, Media and Democratic Engagement30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5738MTechnology, Media and Politics: Research and Real World Cases30 creditsNot running in 202223
PIED5765MResearch & Project Skills- Experiential Learning30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

With the permission of the programme manager, you may take a maximum of 60 credits from the following modules. Please contact the Programme Leader for MSc Political Science to request this. Their details can be found at the top of this page. Enrolment is contingent on capacity. Please be advised that if you enrol on the following modules without permission, you maybe removed within 2 weeks of teaching.

GEOG5042MGeographic Data Visualisation & Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG5255MGeodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5202MRisk Perception and Communication15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5221MEffective Decision Making15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5309MPolicy and Programme Evaluation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 13/12/2022 10:25:43


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