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  • Take a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach to social and political studies
  • Personalise your degree by selecting modules covering wide-ranging subjects such as social policy, international relations and human rights
  • Explore issues from the diverse standpoints of different social and political disciplines, broadening your perspective
  • Develop a global outlook: your MA studies will have a truly international focus throughout
  • Hone the research, critical thinking and analytical skills which are sought after by employers
  • Draw on the expertise of our highly qualified, enthusiastic and research-active teaching team

Stimulating and challenging, our MA Social and Political Studies is ideal for the ambitious student keen to develop their intellectual flexibility.

Follow a personalised study plan

This is an innovative masters degree where you will not be restricted by traditional discipline boundaries within the social and political sciences. A large proportion of the course is made up of optional modules, which means you have the freedom to shape a study programme tailored to your own interests and curiosity.

You will gain a broad understanding of key issues across the different fields of social and political sciences, exploring subjects you might not have considered before. Throughout, you will draw on the internationally renowned expertise of staff from across our College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, who have a strong track record in promoting multi-disciplinary studies.

An impressive portfolio of skills

The MA Social and Political Studies enhances your career prospects by nurturing skills which are highly prized by employers. You will become familiar with using and analysing primary and secondary data, develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and improve your abilities as a reflective learner.

Your dissertation will give you the chance to conduct in-depth and original research into a subject of your choice.

Because the global dimension features at every stage of the course, you can also set yourself apart as an independent thinker capable of seeing the world from different perspectives.

Real-world experience

Thanks to our strong professional networks, you will benefit from a vibrant programme of guest speakers, including professionals working in the fields of social policy and politics who will share their experiences with you.

A professional learning environment

This course is delivered at One Friar Gate Square, a modern, iconic building in the heart of the vibrant city centre, it is the perfect environment for innovative and engaging teaching.

How you will learn

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group tutorials and blended learning.

How you'll be assessed

The assessment methods used will be standard open-question exams and essays.


Visit the Social and Political Studies (MA) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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