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MA Politics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Camilla Walker

The Politics department is full of excellent and inspiring academics; the variety of modules on offer is broad

and the city itself offers lots of different experiences for people who are in search of city life but aren¿t quite ready for (or fancy) the `Big Smoke¿.

Camilla Walker / MA Politics Student
This MA pathway is designed for generalists who wish to gain a degree in Political Science but do not want to follow a particular area. It allows for maximum choice for course units offered.   

Drawing on inspiring academic expertise, you will explore the latest perspectives in political analysis and theories alongside research methodologies in political science.

You will also choose from a range of fascinating optional units, to expand your knowledge.

Teaching and learning

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

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

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Coursework and assessment

Courses are taught through a combination of methods including interactive lectures and seminars. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as:

  • exams;
  • essays;
  • presentations; and
  • tutorials.

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
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
The Politics of Money & Finance POLI60081 15 Optional
Political Parties in Contemporary Britain POLI60122 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
European Capitalisms: Crises, Transformations and Contestations POLI60292 15 Optional
Tools and techniques of applied quantitative analysis POLI60341 15 Optional
Understanding Governance: Policymaking in the 21st Century POLI70272 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
Debating Justice POLI70611 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Governance and the State POLI70891 15 Optional
Critical Environmental Politics POLI70921 15 Optional
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Optional
Gender & Global Political Economy POLI71082 15 Optional
Critical Military Studies POLI71121 15 Optional
Personality in Politics POLI71132 15 Optional
The Politics of Global Climate Change POLI71141 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Race and Capitalism POLI71162 15 Optional
Political Theory of the European Union POLI71191 15 Optional
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Facilities

You will be supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas and with access to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

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