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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

    Please visit our website for the Politics course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    16 July 2019

The MA in Politics gives you stimulating high level training in the core components of contemporary political study, and a solid grounding in research skills and theoretical approaches to politics.

You then select options that focus on global, comparative and British politics, as well as political theory and philosophy.

This degree in Politics is enriched by the chance of work-based placement learning, either through the Wales for Africa programme or through placements arranged with government organisations in Wales.  

These placements are awarded on a competitive basis, adding substantial life and career experience to your studies.

Why Politics at Swansea?

Swansea University is widely considered a leading authority for its politics teaching. 

Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay, we have the expertise and full range of facilities to ensure your learning is right up to the minute.

The Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities is designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard. 

It offers a supportive environment for those pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study, as well as training to enhance academic and professional development.

Your Politics experience

You study four compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further two optional modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the Politics course.

The compulsory modules are: conceptual issues in the theory and practice of social sciences; approaches to political theory; democracy and constitutional design; and comparative governance in complex systems.

A wide selection of further optional modules span from war, identity and society to politics in contemporary Britain, and from cyber governance to foundations of international political economy.

Politics employment opportunities

You will develop a deep level of knowledge around politics and political study, as well as excellent oral and writing skills.

Graduates of the MA in Politics go on to careers in government and politics, humanitarian organisations, business, media and PR.

Politics modules

You will study four compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further two optional modules. Then you take a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the Politics course.

Modules on the Politics course may include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Democracy and Constitutional Design
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • Analysing Politics and International Relations
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Gender, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Devolution in Comparative Perspective
  • War, Identity and Society

How you're taught on the Politics course

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 and International Relations

Politics and International Relations, based in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, is one of the leading research-led units at Swansea University. We challenge our students to investigate the wide and complex issues arising from how our societies are currently organised in political terms, both domestically and internationally, and how they should or could be better organised in the future.

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