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MA Politics
A specialist degree covering several areas of politics, suitable for a variety of career options.

MA Politics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • You would like a well-rounded course suitable for generalists
  • You would like to obtain a high quality degree in political science from a leading institution
  • You are interested in choosing from a range of modules depending on your interest

This MA pathway is best suited for generalists who wish to get a degree in Political Science but do not want to follow a particular area.  It allows for maximum choice for modules offered.   

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

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by class presentations, essays and 12-15,000 word dissertation

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
Comparative Political Analysis POLI60301 15 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60031 15 Optional
Power and Resistance in Postcolonial Societies POLI60092 15 Optional
Political Parties in Contemporary Britain POLI60121 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
European Political Economy POLI60292 15 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
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Optional
Security Studies POLI70461 15 Optional
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Optional
Political Theory Research Training Seminar POLI70601 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70612 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
EU as an International Actor POLI70851 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70871 15 Optional
Governance and the State POLI70892 15 Optional
Critical Environmental Politics POLI70921 15 Optional
Comparative Democratisation in Eastern Europe and Latin America POLI70951 15 Optional
The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation POLI70981 15 Optional
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Optional
Foreign Policy Analysis: The Case of China POLI71061 15 Optional
The United Nations and International Security POLI71112 15 Optional
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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