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The objective of the course is to develop students' knowledge of international politics with a comprehensive empirical approach to understanding many prominent problems in contemporary world politics, especially topics where domestic and international politics cannot be understood in isolation from each other. These topics include democratisation, international cooperation, development and foreign aid, international conflict as well as the politics of many environmental issues and their implications for the politics of developing countries. Students will also receive training in research methods.
The M.Sc. course consists of four compulsory modules and four elective (half) modules. The compulsory modules are:
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Candidates should normally have achieved an upper second class honour degree or higher from an established university. GPA scores of at least 3.3 out of 4, or equivalent, will be expected from international applicants. A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applications are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law.
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Undertaking the M.Sc. in International Politics was a highly positive and beneficial experience, with it enabling me to develop both my analytical skills and my knowledge of areas that interested me. The structure of the programme greatly enabled development in both of these areas, with research design and quantitative methods modules enabling the development of analytical and research skills, and the substantive modules and dissertation enabling us to apply these skills to areas that interested us. In this way, the M.Sc. has a good balance between methodological and substantive modules. Throughout we were both assisted, and challenged, by professors producing top-quality research, who were also able to encourage the development of our analytical skills. Irrespective of whether you want to do a Ph.D. or work in other areas after, this programme will provide you with the ability to succeed in both spheres.
The M.Sc. in International Politics combined the best of in-class and self-directed learning. The professors, each of whom are experts in their field, gave us the tools and opportunities to hone our critical thinking and writing skills in a constructive, classroom setting, but also encouraged us to explore new texts and ideas on our own outside of class. The breadth of class subjects reflects the depth of faculty knowledge and helps students find what interests them most. In giving students such wide latitude in their academic and research focus, the professors ensure that our dissertations are on topics that motivate and inspire us to do top-quality research. The quantitative instruction we receive in class provides an excellent foundation to learn more thorough and complex analyses on our own or with the help of our dissertation advisor.
Since finishing the programme, I have worked as a Legislative Director in the Michigan House of Representatives, where I’m regularly tasked with helping draft and analyse complex budgets and legislation. The skills that I acquired at Trinity have been vital to my success.
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