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Course content

Develop your understanding of the interplay between the domestic, regional and international levels of politics and decision-making.

You’ll examine the political context of different countries, and how this influences their foreign policies. You have the opportunity to specialise in the regional politics of South Asia, East Asia or Europe.

The MA covers:
-Political science methods
-International politics
-Comparative governance

Our MA is for you if you wish to gain an analytical understanding of real-world decision-making in international politics in different world regions.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the spring and autumn terms. In the summer, you work on your dissertation.

Modules are assessed by a combination of:
-Unseen exams

You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.


You have the opportunity to take up an internship to put the theories and concepts learned in the seminar room in to practice.

Specialist facilities

Politics at Sussex is based in the state-of-the-art Freeman Centre, which offers outstanding study and computing facilities for MA, MPhil and PhD students, who are fully integrated with academic staff.

To complement the international orientation of our degrees, the excellent Sussex Centre for Language Studies provides taught modules and self-study facilities for a wide range of languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

The University Library is a European Documentation Centre, and Library holdings in the fields of European institutions, economics and politics are particularly strong.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


Our MA provides the skills for a career in a broad variety of different fields at the intersection between the domestic and the international.

In particular, you are well placed to work in:
-International institutions
-Think tanks

The course also prepares you for further academic studies or a research course in politics or international relations.

Visit the International Politics - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!





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