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

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Understand how global security and development are interconnected in our interdependent world. Discover how and why underlying issues such as poverty, environmental degradation, societal inequities and politics create the international framework in which security conflicts emerge. Read more
Understand how global security and development are interconnected in our interdependent world. Discover how and why underlying issues such as poverty, environmental degradation, societal inequities and politics create the international framework in which security conflicts emerge. Gain a sophisticated understanding of the dynamics that drive global politics, and the ability to use this knowledge in fields as diverse as diplomacy, journalism, finance, industry, public relations and risk analysis.

Key features

-Gain a understanding of such topical issues as global politics, the rise of religious fundamentalism, human rights, world trade, poverty and climate change.
-Take the opportunity to study the politics of several world regions – Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia – and critically debate their different perspectives.
-Attain invaluable research skills – by studying this programme you will be able to conduct and present an extended piece of research.
-Tailor your masters to match your career aspirations by choosing the subjects that most interest you from a range of elective modules.
-Become part of a lively research community with the opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration. We work with the Centre for Research in Sustainable Leadership, Governance and Policy and Plymouth International Studies Centre and several of our students have gone on to work as research assistants.

Course details

You'll look at both the theory and practice of international relations in terms of the threats to, and vulnerabilities of, global security and development. Three compulsory modules will give you a basis for understanding global security, global governance and how to conduct advanced research. You'll then choose three specialised modules, giving you the opportunity to shape your degree to suit your interests. The certificate and diploma are available for those only completing part of the progression route. For the masters degree, you’ll complete a final dissertation on a specific aspect of the current security and/or development problems confronting policymakers in world politics. You’ll undertake a research and methodology module to support your masters research and equip you for your career. Learn through lectures, seminars and, in some cases, simulation exercises. Assessment of modules will be by a mixture of essays, seminar presentations, report writing, exams, and the dissertation.

Core modules
-IRL700 MA Dissertation in Global Security and Development
-IRL701 Research, Professional Skills and Methodology
-IRL702 Strategy and Security Studies
-IRL703 Critical Approaches to Global Governance

Optional modules
-IRL707 Crisis Points: America in the Middle East since 1945
-IRL705 International Relations in the Middle East: A Critical Approach
-IRL704 Sub-Saharan Africa in the Global Political Economy
-IRL706 International Relations in Practice
-IRL708 International Trade Policy and Politics

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course. Read more
Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course.

This intellectually rigorous postgraduate programme encourages collaborative engagement between staff and students, developing the faculty’s applied research portfolio and deepening links with related professions.

There are three key themes to the programme, each with their own supervised projects. The aim is to develop your critical understanding of your service area, exploring contextual issues which define the parameters of your field, and engaging in developmental-based project work.

You’ll be given plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your own concerns, ensuring that you complete the course with the most valuable knowledge and skills possible.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

Stage 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses
Stage 2: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
Stage 3: Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

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While you will be working to a generic project structure and set of learning outcomes, each project will be based on a set of criteria specific to the chosen subject specialism. The focus and content will be negotiated with a supervisor who is research active in that specialism.

It is anticipated that project work will lead to publication in an appropriate journal or other academic outlet, following the completion of the assessment process.

The University of St Mark & St John is proud to be a preferred training provider of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and registered to ELCAS (Centre Code 4437).

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Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. Read more
Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice.

The MA Social Policy is one of a number of new and exciting programmes developed by the Department of Social Sciences. This Social Policy programme will be of particular interest to you if you are:
-An experienced practitioner looking for advanced Continuous Professional Development opportunities
-An international student wanting to study and practice in the UK
-An undergraduate student looking to move directly onto postgraduate education incorporating work based experiences and strengthening your employability prospects.

If you are interested in making a difference with opportunities to theorise social policy in practice this challenging programme will engage you in a high quality, transformative educational experience. The programme will provide opportunities to actively engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships as well as contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. A key feature of the programme is the emphasis on both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts.

The Programme aims to:
-Introduce students to the study of social policy both from British and international perspectives. It explores the subject in the context of personal perspectives and position within broader political, social, cultural, economic and environmental developments.
-Develop opportunities for global, employer and digital engagement through which to create a greater capacity for social policy practice and knowledge exchange.
-Develop confidence, capabilities and creativity to flourish in the worlds of study and employment.

If you are currently working in social policy or interested in building on your undergraduate degree in order to pursue a related occupation in health, housing, social services or social security, then the MA Social Policy could be for you. You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and transferable skills throughout the programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis that will be useful in a variety of jobs.

Modules

*denotes a compulsory module and you will study a total of six modules:
-Contemporary issues in social science research
-International social policy analysis
-Social policy analysis
-Research in social policy contexts
-Independent social policy learning project*
-Applied social policy*
-Dissertation*

These modules will be focused towards developing both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts. The independent social policy module enables students to undertake a small research project linked to their own research interests. The applied module provides opportunities for students to undertake work based experience in a social policy setting of their choice and gain first hand experience of impact of social policy in practice. Through the dissertation module students will have an opportunity to develop an extended piece of social policy research.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates will be able to pursue a diverse range of career routes including progress to further PG Study via a doctoral route leading to a career as a researcher; managing and leading across a range of welfare contexts nationally, regionally and locally. The University also has partnerships with a range of organisations that are welfare orientated and that seeks to influence social policy. "Social Policy graduates could expect to find work in a wide range of posts across the third-sector public services, government and business. These could include roles in central and local government departments, community bodies, charities, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning body." Jo Lake, Head of Employability at the University.

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