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

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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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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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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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