London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Comparative Politics


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Asia); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Democracy); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Empire); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Europe); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Latin America); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Ethnicity); M.Sc.-Comparative Politics (Politics and Markets)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. In MSc Comparative Politics we look for sophisticated analytical answers to such basic political questions as: 'why are some countries democratic while others are not?' 'why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict?' 'do constitutions matter?' 'what is the impact of global capitalism on state sovereignty?' Addressing these and similar questions, the programme offers courses in the fields of democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative political economy as well as a wide range of country and area specific options. Our programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. Graduates from our MSc have gone on to successful careers in politics, media, NGOs, foreign service, finance and academia. The Department of Government has recently introduced streams within some of its degree programmes. Students will benefit because they will gain from the opportunity to study a specialisation within a broader subject area. Core course: introduction to comparative politics; 4 options from a range in the government and politics of the UK, Europe, EU, USA, Latin America, Asia, nationalism, empire and imperialism, public administration; plus skills course in quantitative and qualitative research methods and 10,000-word dissertation. The research track includes a course in social science research methods.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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