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MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Research Route)
Gain transferable research skills with a specialist focus on European politics.

MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Research Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • You would like to study at one of the strongest centres for European politics in the UK
  • You want a course that builds on comparative European perspectives and offers an excellent range of modules
  • You are interested in combining robust transferable research skills with focused expertise in European politics

The programme draws from one of the strongest centres for European politics in the UK. It combines analytical and conceptual rigour with topical subjects relating to the governance and policies of the European Union and their impact on the domestic politics of its member states.

The programme also focuses on processes of Europeanisation both within the context of the EU's existing member states, but also on candidate countries and the EU's neighbours. Building on a very strong comparative perspective (across Europe and the European Union), the programme offers students an excellent range of compulsory and optional modules with strong areas of expertise in gender and media policies, varieties of European capitalism; nationalism and political violence; and the EU's external relations.

The programme has been designed for those who want to combine strong transferable research skills with focused expertise in European politics. It will appeal to students who aspire to pursue a doctoral degree or a career in research. It will also appeal to those seeking employment in government at the supranational, national and sub national levels, as well as to those wishing to pursue careers in journalism, teaching and international commerce.

The programme also attracts students from other European countries wishing to pursue postgraduate study abroad as well as growing numbers employed in business and government elsewhere who have to deal with the European Union.

Course Director: Dr Laura McLeod

Email:  laura.mcleod@manchester.ac.uk

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
European Political Economy POLI60292 15 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60031 15 Optional
Archival Research POLI60251 5 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
Critical Globalisation Studies POLI70282 15 Optional
Critical Approaches to International Political Economy POLI70311 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
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 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
Displaying 10 of 22 course units

Facilities

The School of Social Sciences is now based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

Dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals

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