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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements The course's entry requirements are a good first degree in a relevant area (for instance, politics, international relations, law, administration, sociology, and so on). Individuals with a professional link with a parliamentary institution are particularly encouraged to apply. The medium of instruction is English, and those who do not speak English as a first language must achieve a score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS or achieve comparable results on a comparable test.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Legislative Studies
  • Course description
    Programme structure

    Core

    Parliament in the Contemporary Political System - Parliament
    & Government (Semester One)

    The aim of this module is to identify and analyse the
    consequences of Parliament for government in the United
    Kingdom. It considers the consequences for government in
    terms of elite recruitment and training, policy formulation
    and deliberation, the administration of government, and EU
    law-making.

    Comparative Legislatures - Systems and Cultures

    The aim of this module is to provide a basic understanding
    of the role of legislatures in the modern world and to
    establish what consequences legislatures now have for
    political systems. It focuses on basic methodological
    problems and on the impact of culture and party systems
    in determining the impact of legislatures on public policy.
    Options

    Graduate Workshop in Legislative Studies I

    Democratic Governance

    German Politics & Policy 1 - Historical & Institutional

    Framework

    Core

    Parliament in the Contemporary Political System - Parliament
    & Citizen (Semester Two)

    The aim of this module is to identify and analyse the
    consequences of the relationship between Parliament and
    citizen in the United Kingdom. It considers the relationship
    between Parliament and citizen in terms of enhancing
    legitimacy, acting as a 'grievance chaser', safety valve and
    interest articulator for constituents and organised and
    unorganised interests, and as a mobiliser and educator of
    the public and particular publics. It concludes with an
    assessment of the potential consequences of Parliament
    for the British polity in future decades.

    Comparative Legislatures - Structures and Activity

    The aim of the module is to complement the pre-requisite
    model - Comparative Legislatures: Systems and Cultures -
    in identifying the consequences of legislatures for political
    systems. It focuses on characteristics internal to legislatures
    in determining their impact on public policy and analyses
    legislative activity by parliamentarians and interest groups.

    Options

    Graduate Workshop in Legislative Studies II
    Research Sources and Techniques in Legislative Studies
    European Public Policy

    Period Three

    15,000 word dissertation on a topic approved by the
    course co-ordinator

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