MA Politics and Parliamentary
is available on a 12-month full-time basis only.
The course has four compulsory modules, including a semester-long placement in a Member of Parliament's office in Westminster.
Advanced Political Analysis (30 credits) concentrates on the development of analytical and research skills in the study of politics. It examines key concepts such as 'power' and 'the political'.
Parliamentary Studies One (30 credits) looks at how Parliament works. You examine the role of MPs in the British Parliament and their relationship with the parliamentary party, national party, constituency and related interest groups. You also investigate policy issues relevant to parliamentarians.
Parliamentary Studies Two (60 credits) involves a placement in a parliamentary-related office. Normally you take a placement in an MP's Westminster office, but you can arrange to work in other departments, such as a parliamentary consultancy or a political party headquarters.
Dissertation: Politics (60 credits) leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in politics through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.
During your placement, you work on tasks that help you understand how parliament and parliamentary offices work, and the range of pressures and interests that face MPs. You may deal with constituency problems, attend meetings with interest groups, search for information on policies and write reports, briefing notes or press releases. You will also observe the operation of parliament in parliamentary debates and Select Committees.