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Aston University, Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government

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This Double Masters in Governance and International Politics is an exciting new educational programme which allows students to develop a deep understanding of issues of contemporary research in the field of governance and international politics, whilst benefitting from the combined expertise of teaching staff in two institutions. Read more
This Double Masters in Governance and International Politics is an exciting new educational programme which allows students to develop a deep understanding of issues of contemporary research in the field of governance and international politics, whilst benefitting from the combined expertise of teaching staff in two institutions. This two-year programme provides students with an exceptional opportunity to pursue a Double Masters giving them an unparalleled understanding of issues in governance and international politics that is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and German perspectives.

Subject guide & modules

The following modules are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.
Core modules:
-International Relations Theory
-Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance

Elective modules:
-Research Methods
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance
-Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism
-Religion and Politics
-Security and Defence in Europe
-International Political Communication
-International Ethics and Literature
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective: The US and Europe
-International Security
-Comparative and International Political Economy

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:
-Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
-Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
-Careers in government administration
-Further postgraduate research at PhD level
-Journalism
-International marketing or business

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Delivered by Aston and Jagiellonian Universities, the Double Masters in Emerging Global Europe, provides students with an understanding of issues in international politics that is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and Polish perspectives. Read more
Delivered by Aston and Jagiellonian Universities, the Double Masters in Emerging Global Europe, provides students with an understanding of issues in international politics that is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and Polish perspectives. The programme combines a broad- based knowledge of international politics with an understanding of issues and debates in contemporary global and political governance, and fosters students’ own critical analysis of competing scholarly approaches to the study of issues in European and international politics.

Subject guide & modules

The following modules are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.
Core modules:
-The EU as a Web of Institutions
-The EU as a Global Actor
-Security and Defence in Europe
-Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science

Elective modules:
-International Relations Theory
-Leaders and Leadership in the European and Global Context
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance
-Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism
-Religion and Politics
-International Political Communication
-Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance
-International Ethics and Literature
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective: The United States and Europe
-International Security
-Comparative and International Political Economy
-EU Law and Policy-Making

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:
-Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
-Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
-Careers in government administration
-Further postgraduate research at PhD level
-Journalism
-International marketing or business

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Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Read more
Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Studying modules on topics such as Religion and Global Politics, Security and Defence in Europe and International Political Communication and Leaders, students develop wide-ranging insights into political behaviour and skills in the critical analysis of contemporary political issues.

This programme is ideally suited to internationally oriented careers in the public or private sector.

Sample Module Options

The following modules are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules
-Concepts and strategies for social researchers (LPM003)
-The EU as a Global Actor (LPM020)
-Dissertation (LRM005)

Choice of options totalling 60 Aston credits. Note that not all options will be available in any given year due to periods of staff research leave.
-International Relations Theory (LPM006)
-The EU: A Web of Institutions (LPM007)
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context (LPM011)
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance (LPM013)
-Asia-Europe Relations:Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism (LPM014)
-Religion and Politics (LPM015)
-Partisan Politics in Europe (LPM019)
-Security and Defence in Europe (LPM022)
-International Political Communication (LPM023)
-Globalisation, Regionalism, and Global Governance (LPM026)
-International Ethics and Literature (LPM027)
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective:The US and Europe (LPM029)*
-International Security (LPM034)
-Comparative and International Political Economy (LPM036)
-EU Law and PolicyMaking (LPM037)
-Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science (LPM038)
-Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis (LPM039)
-Rethinking European Integration (LPM040)
-International Political Thought (LPM016)
-20 credit Module from the University Wide Language Programme

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group.

All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.
All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:
-Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
-Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
-Careers in government administration
-Further postgraduate research at PhD level
-Journalism
-International marketing or business

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An innovative, 2-year Masters programme taught in Birmingham and in Lille, which offers students an internationally-oriented understanding of European and international affairs. Read more
An innovative, 2-year Masters programme taught in Birmingham and in Lille, which offers students an internationally-oriented understanding of European and international affairs. Students spend the second semester of Year 2 of this programme undertaking an EU-focused internship.

Subject guide & modules

The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.
Core modules:
-The European Union – A Web of Institutions
-The EU as a Global Actor
-Dissertation module

Elective modules:
-Research Methods
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance
-Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism
-Religion and Politics
-Security and Defence in Europe
-International Political Communication
-International Ethics and Literature
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective: The US and Europe
-International Security
-Comparative and International Political Economy
-EU Law and Policy-Making

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:
-Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
-Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
-Careers in government administration
-Further postgraduate research at PhD level
-Journalism
-International marketing or business

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This new Joint MA programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme that will deliver an excellent understanding of multilevel governance and international relations which is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and French perspectives. Read more
This new Joint MA programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme that will deliver an excellent understanding of multilevel governance and international relations which is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and French perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, taking a number of core and optional modules. They then spend semester two at Sciences Po, Rennes, where they study a further suite of core modules through the medium of French language, before moving on to undertake a related internship, and completing a final “Rapport de Stage”.

This is a demanding programme, which challenges students to engage fully with study opportunities in both learning institutions, but it is a rewarding experience, developing life-long skills and opening up new professional opportunities to its graduates.

Sample module options

The following modules are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core modules:
-International Relations Theory
-Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance

Elective modules:
-Research Methods
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance
-Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism
-Religion and Politics
-Security and Defence in Europe
-International Political Communication
-International Ethics and Literature
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective: The US and Europe
-International Security
-Comparative and International Political Economy

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in study visits and the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:
-Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
-Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
-Careers in government administration
-Further postgraduate research at PhD level
-Journalism
-International marketing or business

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This cutting-edge Masters programme, delivered over one full academic year, broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations. Read more
This cutting-edge Masters programme, delivered over one full academic year, broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations. Students can choose from a wide range of elective modules, such as International Ethics, International Security, Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism, and Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance. Graduates of this programme forge careers working for international organisations, governments and global political institutions.

Subject guide & modules

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules
-International Relations Theory (LPM006)
-Globalisation, Regionalism, and Global Governance (LPM026)
-Dissertation (LRM005)

Choice of options totalling 80 Aston credits. Note that not all options will be available in any given year due to periods of staff research leave.
-The EU as a Global Actor (LPM020)
-The EU: A Web of Institutions (LPM007)
-Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context (LPM011)
-Europe’s Regions and their Governance (LPM013)
-Asia-Europe Relations:Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism (LPM014)
-Religion and Politics (LPM015)
-Security and Defence in Europe (LPM022)
-International Political Communication (LPM023)
-Concepts and strategies for social researchers (LPM003)
-International Ethics and Literature (LPM027)
-Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective:The US and Europe (LPM029)
-International Security (LPM034)
-Comparative and International Political Economy (LPM036)
-EU Law and PolicyMaking (LPM037)
-Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science (LPM038)
-Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis (LPM039)
-Rethinking European Integration (LPM040)
-International Political Thought (LPM016)
-20 credit Module from the University Wide Language Programme

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group.

All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies. Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:
-Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
-Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
-Careers in government administration
-Further postgraduate research at PhD level
-Journalism
-International marketing or business

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We are witnessing a period of considerable policy reform in the wake of the financial crisis, and the need for public policy research has never been greater. Read more
We are witnessing a period of considerable policy reform in the wake of the financial crisis, and the need for public policy research has never been greater. This MA programme equips students with the tools and knowledge to understand how and why public policy problems occur, and how these are affected by the social, cultural and political context, both in the UK and internationally. It offers students a sound training in research methods and equips them with the cutting-edge in theoretical and methodological approaches. The MA is suitable both for those wishing to hone their skills and knowledge to pursue further academic research opportunities, and for those seeking a relevant and rigorous course which will prepare them for employment in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

Subject guide & modules

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules:
-Public Policy, Public Management and Governance (LBM001)
-Research Methods (LPM003)
-Social Theory and Social Change (LYM005)
-Dissertation (LYM007)

Choose from the following elective modules to the value of 40 credits:
-Health Care Organisation and Policies (LBM007)
-Social Policy: Contemporary Themes and Challenges (LBM005)
-Work Placement (LYM010)
-Being Human: Disability and the Social World (LYM011)
-Globalization and Social Change (LYM002)
-Social Divisions (LYM001)

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive small seminars, presentations and group work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to whom you can turn for help and advice. Assessment occurs through essays and reports (for example, on the practical application of research methods), and a dissertation.

Career prospects

This new MA programme opens the way vocationally to both research at doctoral level and to work in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

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