Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. The MSc Comparative Politics looks for sophisticated analytical answers to basic political questions: Why are some countries democratic while others are not? Why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict? Do constitutions matter?
The programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. It offers courses in the fields of democracy and democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative political economy and political institutions, popular politics, and politics of the developing world as well as a wide range of country and area specific options. Regional focuses include Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South-East Asia. You can choose a specialism allowing you to develop deeper expertise on any of these subject areas within comparative politics.
The programme is good preparation for further research work or for a career in media, political consultancy, international organisations, public administration or the private sector.
Graduates from our MSc have gone on to successful careers in politics, media, NGOs, foreign service, finance and academia.
MSc Comparative Politics
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LSE is one of the most reputable schools in the world and I decided to study a master's programme here because I wanted to learn from the best of the best. After more than 7 years outside the classroom, the experience of being at LSE has reignited my interest in academia.
At the beginning I was afraid of studying Latin America outside the region, but the MSc Comparative Politics has demonstrated that coming here was the right choice. The freedom I had in choosing my courses has shown me that I can learn more about my home region and learn new tools to understand it without being there.
The two most important things I value about LSE are the academic staff and the multicultural student body.
The lecturers supply us with in-depth information on our topics and are always available to provide help should we need it. I once read that 80 per cent of the School's graduate students come from overseas, and this says a lot about LSE's reputation all over the world as a leading institution.
I have had the opportunity to participate in the Mexican Society, and have attended public lectures given by Bolivian vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera, as well as the former president of Bolivia, Carlos Mesa. I have also attended presentations by LSE Ideas, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. These talks have provided me with further information about current academic debates.
After my studies I would like to return to my home country of Mexico. Returning will be hard, but I feel the experience of studying at LSE will allow me to enter into a career in consultancy either in the public or private sector.
2:1 or equivalent in any discipline with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc; English standard level
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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