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Nottingham Trent University, Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government

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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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