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This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. Read more

About the course

This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. It complements the development of the WISERD-Centre for Welsh Politics and Society at Aberystwyth University as a world-leading research centre on contemporary political, social and economic issues of relevance to Wales with its core members drawn from the Department of International Politics, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Department of History and Welsh History. The scheme will equip postgraduate students with a strong grounding in the historical, cultural, socio-economic and political context of contemporary Wales; critical engagement with key intellectual debates regarding Wales’ politics, society and history; knowledge of the constitutional arrangements and institutional structures which shape devolved government and policy-making in Wales, and an understanding of the broader UK and European context and trends in territorial politics, regional policy and governance. It also places a strong emphasis on enhancing employability and work-based learning.

This degree will suit you:

• If you want to study Welsh Politics and Society at Masters level
• If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of Welsh politics and society
• If you wish to nurture a career in politics and policy within Wales or in other parts of the UK and beyond
• If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course content

Core modules:

Geographical Research Methodologies
Research Methods and Professional Skills in History
Understanding Wales in an Age of Global Transformation *

Optional modules:

Class and Community in Wales 1850 - 1939
Landownership and Society in Wales
Postcolonial Politics
Postgraduate Work Experience
Rural Economy, Society and Policy
The Making of Modern Wales
The State Through the Ages *
Welsh Politics and Society Dissertation *
Working with History

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Contact time

Approximately 12-14 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the political, economic, cultural and social context of politics in Wales today as well as the key institutions and actors in contemporary Welsh political life. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace.

The scheme places a strong emphasis on enhancing the employability of graduates by offering students the option to study work-based learning modules as we know that students benefit hugely from such experiences. Past examples include working for the Political Unit, BBC Wales, National Assembly for Wales, Ceredigion County Council European Unit. Some of the modules associated with the scheme are also innovative by including expert practitioners in the teaching.

The programme also offers tranches of modules as 5-credit CPD provision which is ideal to enhance the employability of those already in work but seeking to develop their expertise in particular areas.

The scheme’s track record strongly indicates that it provides solid employment enhancement for those interested in pursuing careers related to Welsh politics and policy, from the civil service, to journalism, to political lobbying. It has also proven to be valuable preparation for PhD study.

Key Skills and Competencies

Study Skills

Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable Skills

The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

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This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. Read more

About the course

This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. It complements the development of the WISERD-Centre for Welsh Politics and Society at Aberystwyth University as a world-leading research centre on contemporary political, social and economic issues of relevance to Wales with its core members drawn from the Department of International Politics, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Department of History and Welsh History. The scheme will equip postgraduate students with a strong grounding in the historical, cultural, socio-economic and political context of contemporary Wales; critical engagement with key intellectual debates regarding Wales’ politics, society and history; knowledge of the constitutional arrangements and institutional structures which shape devolved government and policy-making in Wales, and an understanding of the broader UK and European context and trends in territorial politics, regional policy and governance. It also places a strong emphasis on enhancing employability and work-based learning.

This degree will suit you:

• If you want to study Welsh Politics at Masters level
• If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of Welsh politics in society
• If you wish to nurture a career in politics within Wales
• If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course content

Core modules:

Principles of Research Design
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis (1120)
Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Understanding Wales in an Age of Global Transformation *

Optional modules:

Class and Community in Wales 1850 - 1939
Landownership and Society in Wales
Postcolonial Politics
Postgraduate Work Experience
Rural Economy, Society and Policy
The Making of Modern Wales
The State Through the Ages *
Welsh Politics and Society Dissertation *
Working with History

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Contact time

Approximately 12-14 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the political, economic, cultural and social context of politics in Wales today as well as the key institutions and actors in contemporary Welsh political life. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Key Skills and Competencies

Study Skills

Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable Skills

The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organising information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

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The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Read more

About the course

The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Not only do we need to understand the ongoing changes in the nature of war and conflict, but we are also today faced with important transformations in global power relations, international flows of goods, people and diseases and, indeed, shifts in the nature of political communities on the globe. Whatever your background, whether in international politics or another discipline, this flagship MA programme provides you with the necessary tools to tackle these shifting landscapes. With a wide range of modules and departmental expertise at your disposal, the scheme will expose you to envisioning new, different, better ways forward in our efforts to cope with the challenging political, military, social, economic and environmental contexts we live in today.

Why study MA International Politics at Aberystwyth University?

• Opportunity to study at the world’s first university department of International Politics

• Our Department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017)

• Opportunity to specialise in many different pathways such as security studies, postcolonial politics, theory/critical theory, and intelligence and strategic studies.

• Opportunity to integrate into the research culture of a department at the forefront of understanding and tackling the challenges of ‘how we might live’ in the 21st century.

• Opportunity to study in a challenging and highly stimulating intellectual environment and to engage with the most pressing and thought-provoking issues and topics in international politics.

• 76% of the Department’s publications were deemed either world leading or internationally excellent, making the Department the best in Wales and 7th in the UK - REF 2014

• The Department has over thirty academic and research staff, all of whom are research-active.

• The Department hosts a wide variety of academic events which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend, including guest lectures by leading experts and academics, round table discussions about past, present, and future international issues, and the weekly Departmental research seminars.

Course content

Core modules:

Cyber Security
Dissertation
International Communications In Asia-pacific: Power, Peoples And Propaganda
International Politics
Islam And Modernity
Politics, Media, Performance: Transdisciplinary Critical Frameworks
Power And Postwar Reconstruction: A Critical Approach
Understanding Wales In An Age Of Global Transformation

Optional modules:

The State Through The Ages
Thoughts Of War: Strategic Theory & Thinkers (s)
Critical Security Studies: Contemporary Theories
Intelligence, Security And International Politics Since 1945
Political Responsibility In A Globalized World
Postcolonial Politics

Contact time

During the first two semesters you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of essays, project work, short reports, book reviews and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Skills

This Masters programme emphasises the development of strong research, writing and analytical skills as well as the capacity to work independently - qualities highly valued by employers. A Masters is also ideal for students who want to pursue PhD research. This MA Programme will empower you to:

• Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
• Write for and speak to a range of audiences
• Evaluate and organise information
• Work effectively with others
• Work within time frames and to specific deadlines

Careers

Our graduates have expansive career opportunities.

Previous graduates from our Department have gone on to work:

• in the development sector
• in local and national politics
• for the Diplomatic Service
• for the Civil Service
• for NGOs
• with international organisations
• as journalists
• within academia
• as governmental and social researchers
• for Foreign Offices
• for the military
• in leadership roles in business/industry (CEOs/Chairmans)
• as political assistants
• as teachers, lawyers and accountants

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Aberystwyth University’s Masters in Politics, Media and Performance is the first course in the UK (and one of the few in the world) to study the interrelationships between international politics, public performance and creative media. Read more

About the course

Aberystwyth University’s Masters in Politics, Media and Performance is the first course in the UK (and one of the few in the world) to study the interrelationships between international politics, public performance and creative media. Working across disciplines in innovative and invigorating ways, you will examine the means through which film, media and performance do not just reflect but produce particular political realities and how they can be used for political ends.

Why study MA Politics, Media and Performance at Aberystwyth University?

Opportunity to study a highly innovative masters course.

Engage with exciting and intensely political new synergies.

Benefit from the experience and guidance of two of the world’s leading departments in their respective subject areas.

Develop an advanced understanding of the place of media, film and performance in contemporary politics, and vice versa.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of its research internationally recognised in terms of research impact.

The Department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017) and was the world’s first university department of International Politics.

Benefit from the expansive facilities available in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Television Studies, including four fully equipped studio theatres, three rehearsal rooms, a digital, high-definition television studio, digital video-editing, recording and viewing rooms, 36 digital and HD editing suites, and a new HD digital television studio.

Course structure

During the first two semesters, the course is delivered through a mix of seminars, viewings, workshops and lectures. You will also receive sessions throughout the year helping you to prepare for your masters dissertation and will be able to attend a variety of Departmental academic events, including research seminars, roundtable discussions, and guest lectures. In semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation/research project supervisor.

Course content

In the first two semesters, students will study 2 core modules followed by a selection of optional modules, together worth a total of 120 credits. In the core modules students will develop an advanced critical awareness of the relationship between politics and aesthetics and performance, media and the political. Optional modules allow students to refine their study in particular areas. In semester three, students will complete either a 15,000 word masters dissertation or practice-based research (involving a production and a 5,000 word written reflection).

Core modules:

Politics, Media, Performance: Transdisciplinary Critical Frameworks
Politics, Media, Performance: Encounter And Event

Optional modules:

Compositional Practices
Dissertation
Dramaturgies Of The Everyday
Engaging Publics
Film And Representation
From Avant Garde To Documentary
International Communications In Asia-pacific: Power, Peoples And Propaganda
Islam And Modernity
Postcolonial Politics
Research Project
The State Through The Ages
Understanding Wales In An Age Of Global Transformation

Assessment

Depending on the optional modules chosen, students are assessed via a mix of any of the following: written essays, performed essays, group projects, critical evaluations, seminar participation, performed lectures, class presentation and reflection. Successful submission of the dissertation/ Research Project in the final semester leads to the award of an MA.

Skills

This MA will empower you to:

• Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently

• Write for and speak to a range of audiences

• Evaluate and organise information

• Work effectively with others

• Develop research and study skills

• Improve your critical thinking and analytical skills

• Improve your practical and creative skills

• Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work

Careers

As a graduate of this course, you could enter a vast amount of careers in the creative industries, administration, and the public and private sectors. Graduates from our two Departments have gone on to work:

• for S4C and BBC Wales

• for Film Festivals

• as radio and television presenters

• as directors and screenwriters

• as theatre makers and performers

• in the development sector

• in local and national politics

• for the Civil Service

• for NGOs

• with international organisations

• as journalists

• within academia

• as governmental and social researchers

Read less
Aberystwyth University’s Masters in Politics, Media and Performance is the first course in the UK (and one of the few in the world) to study the interrelationships between international politics, public performance and creative media. Read more

About the course

Aberystwyth University’s Masters in Politics, Media and Performance is the first course in the UK (and one of the few in the world) to study the interrelationships between international politics, public performance and creative media. Working across disciplines in innovative and invigorating ways, you will examine the means through which film, media and performance do not just reflect but produce particular political realities and how they can be used for political ends.

Why study MA Politics, Media and Performance at Aberystwyth University?

Opportunity to study a highly innovative masters course.

Engage with exciting and intensely political new synergies.

Benefit from the experience and guidance of two of the world’s leading departments in their respective subject areas.

Develop an advanced understanding of the place of media, film and performance in contemporary politics, and vice versa.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of its research internationally recognised in terms of
research impact.

The Department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017) and was the world’s first university department of International Politics.

Benefit from the expansive facilities available in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Television Studies, including four fully equipped studio theatres, three rehearsal rooms, a digital, high-definition television studio, digital video-editing, recording and viewing rooms, 36 digital and HD editing suites, and a new HD digital television studio.

Course structure and content

In the first two semesters, students will study 2 core modules followed by a selection of optional modules, together worth a total of 120 credits. In the core modules students will develop an advanced critical awareness of the relationship between politics and aesthetics and performance, media and the political. Optional modules allow students to refine their study in particular areas such as post-colonialism or critical security studies, or in a particular area of media, such as film, performance, or creative media. In semester three, students will complete either a 15,000 word masters dissertation or practice-based research (involving a production and a 5,000 word written reflection).

Core modules:

Politics, Media, Performance: Transdisciplinary Critical Frameworks
Politics, Media, Performance: Encounter And Event

Optional modules:

Compositional Practices
Dissertation
Dramaturgies Of The Everyday
Engaging Publics
Film And Representation
From Avant Garde To Documentary
International Communications In Asia-pacific: Power, Peoples And Propaganda
Islam And Modernity
Postcolonial Politics
Research Project
The State Through The Ages
Understanding Wales In An Age Of Global Transformation

Assessment

Depending on the optional modules chosen, students are assessed via a mix of any of the following: written essays, performed essays, group projects, critical evaluations, seminar participation, performed lectures, class presentation and reflection. Successful submission of the dissertation/ Research Project in the final semester leads to the award of an MA.

Skills

This MA will empower you to:

•Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
•Write for and speak to a range of audiences
•Evaluate and organise information
•Work effectively with others
•Develop research and study skills
•Improve your critical thinking and analytical skills
•Improve your practical and creative skills
•Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work

Careers

As a graduate of this course, you could enter a vast amount of careers in the creative industries, administration, and the public and private sectors. Graduates from our two Departments have gone on to work:

• for S4C and BBC Wales
• for Film Festivals
• as radio and television presenters
• as directors and screenwriters
• as theatre makers and performers
• in the development sector
• in local and national politics
• for the Civil Service
• for NGOs
• with international organisations
• as journalists
• within academia
• as governmental and social researchers

Read less
The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Read more

About the course

The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Not only do we need to understand the ongoing changes in the nature of war and conflict, but we are also today faced with important transformations in global power relations, international flows of goods, people and diseases and, indeed, shifts in the nature of political communities on the globe. Whatever your background, whether in international politics or another discipline, this flagship MA programme provides you with the necessary tools to tackle these shifting landscapes.

The scheme will introduce you, first, to the core notions that help shape the analysis of and the practices of international politics but also encourages you to think creatively about the kinds of concepts we need today to capture complex political realities. Taught by a team of world-leading research staff, the core module will challenge you to reflect on the way you think about international politics and the issues facing individuals, societies, states and humanity as a whole. Beyond the core module students pursue their own interests by choosing specialist modules. The options, ranging from the study of war, conflict, strategy and security to the study of global order, international theory and ethics, are designed to stimulate you in pursuing your own path to an advanced study of international relations.

At the heart of the scheme is a desire to expose students to envisioning new, different, better ways forward in our efforts to cope with the challenging political, military, social, economic and environmental contexts we live in today.

MA students taking this course will be integrated into the unique world-leading research culture, including contributing to research groups, participating in a range of events, seminars and round-tables, and attending the weekly departmental research seminar. Whether you are interested in understanding the conceptual underpinnings of international politics or tackling practical policy implications by taking this flagship Masters degree you will be part of a department at the forefront of understanding and tackling the challenges of ‘how we might live’ in the 21st century.

Why study International Politics at Aberystwyth?

Founded in 1919 after the end of World War I, the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth is the world’s first university department of International Politics. The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 76% of publications submitted rated as world leading and internationally excellent. This research excellence is mirrored in our teaching, as evidenced in the recent 2016 National Student Satisfaction survey. The 2016 NSS placed us in the top ten in the UK and best in Wales among Politics and International Relations departments, with 95% overall Student satisfaction, well above the average for the subject nationally. Our staff’s commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, provides you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment. Finally our Department’s vibrant and cosmopolitan learning environment welcomes students from all over the world, and provides a lively venue for contemporary and international political debate.

This degree will suit you:

• If you want to study international relations at advanced level
• If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of past and contemporary international politics
• If you wish to nurture a career in areas such as international diplomacy, journalism or the NGO-sector or if you wish to work internationally
• If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course structure

The MA in International Politics pursued through the Specialist Pathway is the traditional Masters degree which offers the opportunity to for students to pursue specialised, advanced, subject-specific study in the discipline of international politics. Students following this pathway take the degree scheme core module (compulsory), two modules from a basket of options, and three further modules chosen from the baskets or any Masters options taught by the Department (including a maximum of one module offered by another department). More information on modules available from other departments is available at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/modules/. Finally students complete a 13-15,000 word dissertation.

Core modules:

Dissertation
International Politics
Principles Of Research Design
Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis
Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis (1120)
Quantitative Data Collection And Analysis
Research In Politics And International Studies

Optional modules:

Cyber Security
Politics, Media, Performance: Transdisciplinary Critical Frameworks
Power And Postwar Reconstruction: A Critical Approach
The State Through The Ages
Thoughts Of War: Strategic Theory & Thinkers (s)
Understanding Wales In An Age Of Global Transformation
Critical Security Studies: Contemporary Theories
Intelligence, Security And International Politics Since 1945
International Communications In Asia-pacific: Power, Peoples And Propaganda
Islam And Modernity
Political Responsibility In A Globalized World
Postcolonial Politics

Contact time

In Semester One you will normally have eight hours per week of specific Research Training Modules and one two-hour seminar per week for the degree scheme core module. In Semester Two you will normally have one two-hour seminar per week for each of the three modules you take (one Research Training specific and two subject specific modules). You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained international politics specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as conflict, power, peace, justice and injustice, security, the global distribution of wealth and resources and trust in world politics. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. On the research training pathway you also develop advanced skills in quantitative and qualitative research skills and data analysis. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Relations wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Study skills

Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. The research training pathway provides you with a specific set of study skills focused on interrogating and analysing a range of different types of data from multiple sources. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Masters degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable skills

The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines. You will also have advanced skills in data analysis that can be applied in a wide variety of work environments from business to the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

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