Designed for students who would like to advance their understanding of the changing nature of global politics, and involving discussion of the impact of globalisation, the rise of global governance, the politics of human rights, and other significant topics in global politics.
The increasingly global nature of political relations is typically underscored by equally global economic relations in trade, finance, migration, concern over which is reflected in questions about shifting loci of global authority from 'west' (eg Europe and the USA) to 'east' (eg China and India) and ongoing relationships between the global rich and the global poor.
The programme is designed both to equip students to undertake independent research in global politics and to develop skills that are of relevance to a broad range of careers in the public or private sector.
The aims of the programme are to provide you with:
knowledge and understanding the main approaches to the study of global politics
knowledge and understanding of the main issues and events that challenge contemporary understandings of global politics knowledge and understanding of philosophical and methodological debates in the study of politics and international relations
the skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of global politics
All of our MSc programmes endeavour to develop your subject-specific knowledge and understanding, and provide opportunities for you to shape your own degree trajectory through optional module selection. In addition, all our MSc programmes aim to help you gain:
Awareness of the changing nature of the contemporary political world, and the complex challenges presented by phenomena such as globalisation
Awareness of the basic theoretical concepts common to advanced study in politics and international relations
Key research skills, such as the ability to search for and reference sources, and to manage complex empirical or theoretical information
The capacity for critical thinking and independent study
The ability to work in groups
In addition to the credit-bearing modules you will take as part of your chosen programme, all MSc students participate in our bespoke training workshops, led by the MSc Coordinator, and specifically designed to help you get the best grades you can on during your masters study with us:
MSc Coursework Workshop (Semester 1)
This workshop explains the expectations and demands of coursework in our masters programmes, delineates the critical thinking, research and writing skills required, outlines the processes associated with literature reviews and coursework planning, and the rules about academic integrity. The workshop is designed to give practical support to students as they approach their coursework tasks, help UK/EU students understand the specific expectations we have at masters level, and help overseas students unfamiliar with higher education in this country get a better sense of what is expected.
MSc Dissertation Workshop (Semester 2)
This workshop helps students begin the process of thinking about and planning for their MSc dissertation. It provides guidance on topic selection, generation of research questions, aims of the literature review, the role of primary research, dissertation structure, writing advice, and the role of the supervisor. The workshop also offers practical advice from academics about how to produce an original piece of work, the role of depth over breadth, and how to craft convincing arguments.
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International Student Requirements:
All international students are required to satisfy the University's English language requirements. US students who have been taught and assessed in English can be made exempt.