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Master Global and Comparative Politics

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  • Entry requirements
    A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. International students should contact the course organiser about the suitability of their qualifications.
  • Academic Title
    Global and Comparative Politics (MRes)
  • Course description
    One year full-time, two years part-time

    Programme description

    The MRes in Global and Comparative Politics will provide you with comprehensive training in the core research methods of Social Science. It provides an intellectually stimulating analysis of the key issues in international and global politics. You will discuss the changing dynamics of state power, the dimensions of regime change, the role of civil society in contemporary global politics, and the challenge posed to states by ethno-nationalism, migration and cosmopolitanism. In addition, the programme will provide students with advanced skills in comparative analysis, as well as a developed understanding of methodological approaches to the study of Political Science.

    Programme outline

    The modules offered examine a range of present-day challenges and dilemmas, which concern modern democracies, both new and old, in different parts of the world. You will take the two core modules, collectively titled, ‘Global and Comparative Politics’ in the first semester. You will also take the Qualitative Research Methods module in the first semester. In the second semester you will take Quantitative Research Methods and one further module from the options listed below.

    Core modules:

        * Global and Comparative Politics (30 credits)
        * Qualitative Research Methods (30 credits)
        * Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits)
        * Dissertation (60 credits)

    Study options include:

        * Issues in Democratisation
        * The Politics of Media
        * Democracy in Plural Societies
        * Democratisation and State Autonomy in the Middle East
        * Nationalism, Democracy and Cosmopolitanism.


    Core module is assessed by written coursework and unseen examination. Optional modules are assessed by written coursework only. On satisfactory completion of your exams you will prepare an independent dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic of your choice. Each individual student will be assigned a personal supervisor to give advice and assistance for this part of the programme.

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