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Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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The MA in International Relations is a well-established programme which has been attracting excellent applicants from the UK and overseas for over a decade. Read more
The MA in International Relations is a well-established programme which has been attracting excellent applicants from the UK and overseas for over a decade.

The course introduces students to the advanced study of international relations and prepares them for a wide spectrum of career paths from national government to international organisations and NGOs.

The core module provides an understanding of the philosophical and practical basis of international political analysis and examines new developments in International Relations theory. The degrees are modular in structure, with a wide variety of modules being offered each academic year.

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The MA International Social Policy is designed to equip students with the knowledge and research skills that they will need to thrive in the globalised, interdependent societies of the twenty-first century. Read more
The MA International Social Policy is designed to equip students with the knowledge and research skills that they will need to thrive in the globalised, interdependent societies of the twenty-first century. The questions it addresses include:

• How are welfare states adapting to new economic and political realities?
• What are the implications of climate change and global warming for the future of social policy?
• What lessons about social reform can differing nations learn from one another?
• How should we explain differences in the financing and organisation of diverse welfare systems?
• To what extent can cross-national forms of provision and citizenship rights be devised?
• Is globalisation undermining the ability of national governments to determine welfare policies?
• What influence is exerted by organisations such as the World Bank, the IMF, the UN, the International Labour Organisation and the World Trade Organisation?
• What influence does the European Union have on national policy-making?
• What are the existing trends in, and future prospects for, levels of global poverty?
• To what extent are Non-Governmental Organisations influencing policy-making?

Our aim is to not simply to inform students about recent debates and literatures but to assist their ability to investigate these topics and develop their own independent research interests. We hope and expect that many students will later pursue research careers (including PhDs) and/or work in the field of policy-making.

The core modules are: Welfare Policy (10 credits), Research Methods & Research Management (20 credits), Climate Change & Social Policy (10 credits), Fundamentals of International Social Policy (20 credits), Globalisation, Europeanisation and Public Policy (20 credits), Dissertation (60 credits).

In addition there are a range of elective modules to choose from, including: Human Rights and Modern Slavery (10 & 20 credits), Migration, Multiculturalism and Mobilisation (10 & 20 credits), Civil Society: the Role of NGOs (10 & 20 credits), Leadership, Strategy & Performance in the Public Sector (10 & 20 credits).

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The MA Public Policy course is aimed at those who want to develop their knowledge and skills in policy analysis. The course focuses on critical issues and key developments relating to public policy (eg globalisation, Europeanisation, governance, policy evaluation). Read more
The MA Public Policy course is aimed at those who want to develop their knowledge and skills in policy analysis. The course focuses on critical issues and key developments relating to public policy (eg globalisation, Europeanisation, governance, policy evaluation).

The course is multidisciplinary and research-informed, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from different countries across the world.

There are internship and scholarship opportunities for those studying on the course.

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This is a vocationally orientated, interdisciplinary course offered jointly by the Schools of Politics and International Relations, Law and History. Read more
This is a vocationally orientated, interdisciplinary course offered jointly by the Schools of Politics and International Relations, Law and History. The course introduces students to the advanced study of diplomacy to equip them for a wide range of careers. It develops a broad understanding of diplomacy and negotiation, including traditional approaches - which conceive of it as a specialist form of statecraft - and modern conceptions, which embrace areas such as media and cultural diplomacy.

Students undertake three core modules on the theory, practice and development of diplomacy, together with a wide range of optional modules offered.

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This exciting programme exposes students to issues in international security as well as the specialised field of terrorism. Read more
This exciting programme exposes students to issues in international security as well as the specialised field of terrorism. The course investigates international security and terrorism since the ending of the Cold War, whilst making clear how the issues raised are embedded within the broader field of international relations. The course emphasises three elements: the theoretical underpinnings of the study of international security and terrorism, the main empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age and the opportunity to study security and terrorism issues in detailed optional modules.

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The MA in Politics and Contemporary History has been running for many years and attracts applicants of exceptional quality from the UK and abroad. Read more
The MA in Politics and Contemporary History has been running for many years and attracts applicants of exceptional quality from the UK and abroad.

This course is explicitly historical in scope. It has a particular focus on events and process that have taken place since 1900. It reflects the vast upsurge of interest in contemporary history following the end of the Cold War and the attendant opening of much of the hidden history of the 20th century.

The University of Nottingham boasts one of the highest concentrations of research expertise in contemporary history in the UK.

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Critical theory is a rich and diverse field of enquiry that has emerged from a continuous dialogue with theories of both society and politics. Read more
Critical theory is a rich and diverse field of enquiry that has emerged from a continuous dialogue with theories of both society and politics.

Taught in collaboration with the School of Politics and International Relations, this innovative MA provides students with a thorough understanding of the close connection between critical theory and key contemporary political and social theories that shape today’s world. Therefore, it serves intellectually as ideal preparation for doctoral studies in these areas. Students undertaking this MA join a thriving postgraduate community in the Department of Cultural Studies. Reading groups, work-in-progress presentations by doctoral students, visiting speakers and research seminars by staff create a lively, stimulating, and supportive learning environment.

Course Structure

The MA in Critical Theory and Politics can be pursued either one year full-time or two-three years part-time – and we do our best to accommodate the needs of part-time students.

Modules offered may include:
• Postcolonialisms
• Social and Political Theories
• Sovereignty and Conflict
• Technology, Science, Life
• Visual Culture
• Globalisation and its Discontents
• Europe after the Cold War
• Security Studies
• International Political Economy
• The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-2004

All students are assigned personal tutors as well as dissertation tutors to guide them through their coursework.

Teaching staff from the Department of Cultural Studies, the Centre for Critical Theory, the School of Politics and International Relations, and other participating schools, offer expertise in a range of areas including social and political theory, international relations, philosophy, and cultural studies.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by a 5,000-word assignment and students also submit a 20,000-word dissertation. There are no examinations.

Additional Entry Requirements

Candidates whose first language is not English must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 7 with no less than 6 in each element; or a TOEFL score of 600 with at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); or a TOEFL score iBT score of 100, with no less than 19 in any element. Test results should be no more than two years old.

Careers

Written coursework encourages the development of the scholarly tools required for doctoral research, and many of our graduates go on to pursue further studies at doctoral level. The course also provides students with a high degree of cultural awareness and literacy useful for careers in the media, advertising and public relations.

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University of Nottingham School of Law
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The turn of the new century has witnessed a continuing shift in the nature of conflict and security, with attention turning to issues such as threats and attacks by non-state actors, the responses of states to threats from terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the idea of post-conflict rebuilding. Read more
The turn of the new century has witnessed a continuing shift in the nature of conflict and security, with attention turning to issues such as threats and attacks by non-state actors, the responses of states to threats from terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the idea of post-conflict rebuilding. The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq show that it is necessary to study these conflicts from the perspectives of both law and politics to gain a complete picture of the issues and to be able to analyse the arguments and outcomes.

This innovative interdisciplinary programme will allow students to explore key legal and political issues in contemporary security as they relate to warfare, conflict and terrorism, to place conflict and security issues and events within a legal and political context and to understand the relationship between law and politics in international relations. It will also facilitate the analysis of the justifications, causes and consequences of war, conflict and terrorism, including the legal and political responses available to deal with international security threats.

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Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences
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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. Read more
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.

For more information about the modules you may study please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/mapolitics

Assessment

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.

Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evening. Visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events for further information

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The MA in International Relations is designed to develop global awareness, an understanding of the complexity of contempory international arenas, and a sense of how policies can address rapid, sophisticated change. Read more
The MA in International Relations is designed to develop global awareness, an understanding of the complexity of contempory international arenas, and a sense of how policies can address rapid, sophisticated change.

Why choose this course?

Teaching on the course is from a truly international team and attracts a cohort from across the world. This allows you to consider many different international viewpoints and offers a thoroughly holistic learning experience. You will gain an advanced and critical understanding of International Relations Theories, Policies and Practices.

Students on this course all have the opportunity to participate in seminars, workshops and joint work with students of other postgraduate courses. This provides opportunities for you to meet and interact with our thriving research community.

Teaching on the course is drawn directly from regionally aligned research strengths in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course allowing you to learn about the latest issues in this field from world-renowned experts.

Core modules

Students will study modules specially designed to impart theoretical knowledge, research and practical skills.

Modules may include:

International Relations Theories;
Political Economy of International Security;
Researching Political Issues;
Dissertation or Work-based Research Project.
This final core component of the MA International Relations course is an extended piece of written work, which entails two options. The first 'standard' option comprises the development of a coherent and viable research proposal on a topic of your choice, with its eventual assessment being a dissertation.
The other option involves a period of work-based learning, spending time engaging with a chosen institution or community-based organisation either in the local Nottinghamshire community or further afield. Here, in contrast to the development of a research proposal geared for the completion of a standard dissertation, your assessment will comprise a research plan of how you intend to draw on your experiences, which ultimately will culminate in a written work-based project.

You may also be able to choose one of the following optional modules:

Global Governance and International Institutions;
Sustainability, Citizenship and Identity.

For more information about the modules that you may study on this course visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgir

Delivery and Assessment

The course is delivered through workshops, lectures and small group seminars. Assessment involves coursework, report writing, presentations and project-based work. There are also class tests, critical reviews, and critical bibliographies to prepare.

Career development

By nature, the International Relations subject aims to foster your Global Citizenship characteristics with the discipline’s focus on openness to the world, and its focus on sustainability issues. In addition, the knowledge and skills that you attain are generally those that employers in a variety of different sectors seek, which means that as an International Relations graduate you should have a good opportunity to promote yourself to suitable employers.

As an International Relations graduate from this course you will have had the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills that you have learned while preparing coursework, and those include expertise in writing complex yet concise analytical pieces, develop and implement projects, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You will also have been helped and encouraged to articulate those skills in relation to particular occupations that you may be interested in pursuing. The course also focuses on developing the following skills: communication, time-management, team-working, and IT/modern technologies. Each module on this course is designed to engage students in developing these skills which often form part of assessed assignments.

Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Open Evenings

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

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This is a tri-campus MA programme. Students study on the UK campus for the first semester and move to either Ningbo or Kuala Lumpur campus for their second semester. Read more
This is a tri-campus MA programme. Students study on the UK campus for the first semester and move to either Ningbo or Kuala Lumpur campus for their second semester. It is a genuinely distinctive programme allowing students to study the countries of Asia, and the relations between them (and between the rest of the world).

The course is taught by academics across the University's UK, China and Malaysia campuses, who are experts on Asian politics, history and international relations.

An MA Asian and International Studies is an ideal foundation to embark on a career in Asia. The time spent in either China or Malaysia will develop your knowledge and experience of the culture and politics of the region.

The core module, 'Global Asia', will introduce you to Pan-Asian themes such as nationalism, globalisation, environmental challenges, resource politics and gender relations. It challenges the prevailing conception of 'Asia Rising' as a new phenomenon and will also allow you to specialise on specific country or regional studies.

This course will enable you to immerse yourself in the culture of these countries, and to take language options if required. Accommodation for all three semesters will be organised by the University, although it is not covered by the course fees.

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This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a full-time taught Masters programme that has been created to meet the demand from industry and research for graduates who have in-depth knowledge of contemporary China. Read more
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a full-time taught Masters programme that has been created to meet the demand from industry and research for graduates who have in-depth knowledge of contemporary China.

The course is aimed at students with a background in Chinese Studies and seeks to extend your language skills and understanding of China in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. As a student on this programme, you will be encouraged to develop your ability to analyse contemporary China's history, culture, economy, policy and society both domestically and in a global context.

This course will equip you with an enviable skillset, including an understanding of the diverse research methods used in contemporary Chinese studies. You will graduate with a strong working Chinese vocabulary and will be adept at communicating your ideas, principles and theories both about and within contemporary China.

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This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a full-time taught masters programme that has been created to meet the demand from industry and research for graduates who have in-depth knowledge of contemporary China.

The course is aimed at graduates of all disciplines with an interest in China and seeks to extend your language skills and understanding of China in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. As a student on this programme, you will be encouraged to develop your ability to analyse contemporary China's history, culture, economy, policy and society both domestically and in a global context.

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There are more slaves alive today than at any point in history. Around the world, nearly 46 million people are forced to work against their will for no pay. Read more
There are more slaves alive today than at any point in history. Around the world, nearly 46 million people are forced to work against their will for no pay. Taught by academic and practitioner experts, this internationally recognised course is the first of its kind in the world. It will provide you with the academic grounding of the study of contemporary slavery as well as comprehensive training on how best to achieve the liberation and social reintegration of those in slavery. As this is a distance-learning course, the majority of content is taught online with two face-to-face modules at Nottingham, allowing you to connect with the programme and other students from across the globe.

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