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MA Political Science - Democracy and Elections (Research Route)
A specialist research degree informed by Manchester's prestigious British Election Study.

MA Political Science - Democracy and Elections (Research Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • You would like to learn from the greatest concentration of Elections scholars in the country
  • You want to access teaching based on high quality data from the prestigious British Election Study, which we run
  • You are interested in strong methods training, which makes all the difference for future employability and future study

The democracy and elections pathway will appeal to students interested in aspects of formal and informal politics, party and non-party engagement, the elected and electors and in the relationship between the process of government and the normative foundations of democracy.

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Political Parties in Contemporary Britain POLI60121 15 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60031 15 Optional
Archival Research POLI60251 5 Optional
European Political Economy POLI60292 15 Optional
Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences POLI60331 5 Optional
Interviewing Activists POLI70021 5 Optional
Understanding Governance: Policymaking in the 21st Century POLI70271 15 Optional
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
EU as an International Actor POLI70851 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70871 15 Optional
Governance and the State POLI70892 15 Optional
Comparative Democratisation in Eastern Europe and Latin America POLI70951 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Narrative Analysis SOCY70722 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60512 5 Optional
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Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk