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This course offers you the opportunity to study Politics at an advanced and specialised level, emphasising the interplay between the national, regional and global arenas. The underpinning theme of the MA Politics is participation; an issue that has, and looks likely to continue to be a key debate within political discourse.

Throughout the course you will have the unique opportunity to explore this theme through combining academic research skills with a period of work-based learning – either through existing links you might have with an organisation/institution, or through links established throughout the course.

We welcome applications from UK, EU and international students.

Why choose this course?

- Gain an advanced and critical understanding of the discipline, whilst enhancing your research and employability skills.
- Learn from research active staff who have a proven track record delivering a high quality student experience.
- Integrate yourself into NTU's research culture by attending the Politics and International Relations Divisional Research Seminars, and NTU's annual Alternative Futures conference.

Core modules

Core modules may include:

Citizens, Values and Political Participation;
Political Party Development;
Researching Political Issues;
Dissertation or work-based research project.

Plus one from the following optional modules:
Sustainability, Citizenship and Identity;
Global Governance and International Institutions.

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Each module employs a range of assessment methods which, through their combination of both summative and formative forms, seeks to encourage a strongly developmental approach to learning. The majority of assessments will be written-based, ranging from article reviews, essays and portfolios. At least two modules will also involve individual presentations, involving both peer and tutor-led feedback.

Study and Support

Each module on the MA Politics adopts an explicitly national, regional and/or global perspective on a range of political, economic, social and environmental issues. Most of its modules are team-taught, which allows for a responsive and varied curriculum which reflects the individual and collective research interests of the team. All modules have been designed and selected specifically to adhere to the overarching theme of participation.

Support within the Division of Politics and International Relations is supplemented by effective School-based academic and pastoral support, which is widely publicised and used well by existing students. If you are an international student you will have the option of in-sessional English language support to help you with developing and sustaining your writing skills.

The MA Politics has regular Course Committees where a representative of your course can share your experiences and provide on-going feedback; feedback we value very highly and will encourage you – and the course team – to reflect on continually as the course progresses.

Skills development

You will acquire a range of transferable skills, such as the ability to critically analyse complex issues, apply advanced research methodologies, communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences and work in a self-directed way. You will also develop your ability to find and manage information effectively. In the research methods training, you will enhance your numeracy skills and employ the major software political scientists use to interrogate research findings.

Career development opportunities

NTU has a justified reputation among the UK's universities for the high level of employability of its graduates. While the primary aims of a university course have traditionally been intellectual in nature and specific to the subject(s) under study, NTU realises the importance of the role of higher education in training graduates to move into the labour market. The MA Politics will provide you with a range of transferable skills which will be essential to employment in a range of occupations.

Alongside providing such transferable skills, we believe that the optional pathway through the Dissertation module will strongly enhance your employability skills and, more generally, the course's engagement with contemporary global issues – particularly those of participation, sustainability and citizenship – will ensure that your knowledge and ‘openness' to the wider world is up-to-date and relevant.


The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time Masters courses. For more information please visit

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Visit the MA Politics page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!




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