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

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

The MA Political Science European Politics and Policy course 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.

We focus 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), you'll access an excellent range of compulsory and optional units 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 course has been designed for those who want to combine strong transferable research skills with focused expertise in European politics. It is ideal if you wish to pursue a doctoral degree or a career in research. It will also appeal to you, if you're seeking employment in government at the supranational, national and sub national levels, as well as pursuing careers in journalism, teaching and international commerce.

We attract students from other European countries wishing to pursue postgraduate study abroad as well as growing numbers employed in business and government elsewhere who work with the European Union.

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
European Capitalisms: Crises, Transformations and Contestations 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
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Qualitative Research Methods SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
The Politics of Money & Finance POLI60081 15 Optional
Researching Elites POLI70022 5 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
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Governance and the State POLI70891 15 Optional
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Optional
Personality in Politics POLI71132 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Political Theory of the European Union POLI71191 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60891 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
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Facilities

You will be supported by the first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas and 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