Masters degrees in Comparative Politics equip postgraduates with the skills to study, analyse and compare the function and structure of political systems across different communities and countries.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Global Politics, Comparative Political Thought and International Social Policy. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree such as Politics, Intercultural Communication or Law.
Courses in this field offer the opportunity for you to explore domestic politics, political institutions and conflicts, emphasising key patterns of similarity and difference.
Common topics include democracy, ethnic conflict, the role of constitutions and nationalism. For example, you might assess how human rights are addressed across different political systems, or how political economies and institutions have developed over time.
You could also focus on a particular region, such as Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South-East Asia.
Careers in this field are varied, with traditional destinations including local government, regulatory authorities and charities, working in administration, policy-making and international affairs. Other roles include journalism, academia and publishing.