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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    03 September 2018

Course content

This MA in Politics gives students the skills they need to be prepared for the challenges we all face in a world that is rapidly changing and where politics matters more than ever.

Key Features of MA in Politics

The MA in Politics is designed to provide high level training in the core components of contemporary political study. It provides a solid grounding in research skills and theoretical approaches to politics.

The Politics programme then allows students to select options that focus on global, comparative and/or British politics as well as political theory and philosophy.

The Politics degree is enriched by opportunities (awarded on a competitive basis) for work-based placement learning either through the Wales for Africa programme or placements arranged with government organisations in Wales.

MA in Politics Programme Aims

  • To develop advanced knowledge and understanding of Politics.
  • To develop critical, theoretical and analytical skills, improve written and oral communication skills.
  • To acquire research skills in Politics.

Politics Course Structure

The full-time Politics course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

Politics students study four compulsory modules, the research process module and one optional module. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

Politics Modules

Modules on the MA in Politics typically include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Approaches to Political Theory
  • Democracy and Constitutional Design
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • War, Identity and Society
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Gender, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Devolution in Comparative Perspective
  • Cyber Governance
  • Foundations of International Political Economy

Who should Apply?

Students interested in politics, international relations, development studies, law, humanities, social science, International business or related background. Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to politics.


Career expectations are excellent for Politics graduates. MA in Politics degree holders may move on to doctoral study or enter employment sectors such as government and politics; the Foreign office; the diplomatic corps; the armed forces; intelligence and risk analysis; relief and humanitarian organisations; law and finance and international business.

Research Interests

The following research groups at Swansea provide a distinct international and multi-disciplinary forum for the advancement of the study of Politics including:

  • Policy and Governance
  • International Relations & Security
  • Cultural Political Economy
  • Development Studies
  • International Communication

Regular research seminars and lectures including in the field of Politics are run through these groups and also through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) which Politics students are encouraged to attend.

Work-based Placements

The MA in Politics offers opportunities (awarded on a competitive basis) for work-based placement learning either through the Study in Gambia progamme or placements arranged with government organisations in Wales.

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





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