MA Political Science - Democracy and Elections (Standard Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

The democracy and elections pathway will appeal to you if you are interested in aspects of:
  • formal and informal politics;
  • party and non-party engagement;
  • the elected and electors;
  • the relationship between the process of government and the normative foundations of democracy.

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.

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
Political Parties in Contemporary Britain POLI60121 15 Mandatory
Comparative Political Analysis POLI60301 15 Mandatory
Research Design and Skills POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Tools and techniques of applied quantitative analysis POLI60341 15 Mandatory
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
European Capitalisms: Crises, Transformations and Contestations POLI60292 15 Optional
Understanding Governance: Policymaking in the 21st Century POLI70271 15 Optional
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Governance and the State POLI70892 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Lies, damned lies and statistics: politics and data science POLI71212 15 Optional
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Disability support

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