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

Year of entry: 2016

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 would like a flexible course structure allowing for a level of specialisation

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 with maximum flexibility in mind. It will appeal to students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to employment in government service at the supranational, national and sub national levels, as well as to 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 content for year 1

Course units for year 1

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
Politics of Europeanisation POLI70102 15 Mandatory
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
International Terrorism under Question POLI60072 15 Optional
Media and International Crises POLI60262 15 Optional
Media,Politics & Policy POLI70191 15 Optional
Understanding Governance: Policy-making in the 21st Century POLI70271 15 Optional
Critical Globalisation Studies POLI70282 15 Optional
Critical Approaches to International Political Economy POLI70311 15 Optional
EU as an International Actor POLI70851 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70871 15 Optional
Governance and the Welfare State POLI70892 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 14 course units for year 1

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