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Political Science (with specialist pathways) MA/PGDip

Course Description

This programme offers you the chance to develop an advanced theoretical and research-based training, especially interesting for students wishing to pursue further postgraduate studies.

The MA/Diploma in Political Science is a general programme providing access to all the main intellectual strands of contemporary political science. Its core module is Advanced Political Analysis and you have the option to choose additional modules from, for example, Introduction to Social Research, and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods.


-British Politics and the State

-Research Methods

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Political Science (with specialist pathways) MA/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Stoenciu

Having an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Politics, Alex is now a part-time postgraduate student, currently in the second year of an MA with a greater focus on research methods and political analysis. Interests include political communication/propaganda and the ongoing effects of communism in Romania.

Alex is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact him online with questions or read further about his experience at the University of Birmingham on his mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/alex-stoenciu/


ESRC scholarships for PG Study and Doctoral Research - 14 Awards

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It has been awarded 14 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research starting in October 2012.Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following pathways:Applied Linguistics
Russian and East European Studies
International Development (IDD)
West African Studies
German Studies
Business and Management
Economic and Social History
Economics and Econometrics
Urban and Regional Studies
Human Geography
Political Science and International Studies
European Studies
Local Government Studies and Public Policy
Sport and Exercise Science (Psy)
Social Policy
Social Work
Socio-Legal Studies

Value of Scholarship(s)



Please note that to be eligible for an ESRC award at the University of Birmingham you must have also submitted an application to study at the University.

Application Procedure

For further information, please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/esrc

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, a TOEFL or IELTS Certificate is required. Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable first degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the MA on satisfactory examination performance.

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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