You will undertake advanced studies in political sociological analysis and is ideal preparation for a research degree. It assumes an undergraduate training in sociology and/or political science, or a cognate discipline, or relevant professional experience such as journalism.
*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*
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The programme is distinctive in its focus upon social and political movements, protest, and the less conventional and institutionalised forms of political action and participation, environmental politics and globalisation, but students with interests in other areas of more conventional and institutionalised politics are well catered for.
You will gain an understanding of the interaction and interdependence among social and political institutions, processes and action, especially collective action. The programme begins with a focus upon protest and social movements, and in the second term you may choose to focus upon either or both of environmental politics and / or processes of global social change and questions of political order. There is a wide range of optional modules from which to choose, and at the end of the programme, you should have a much enhanced understanding of processes of social and political change and the theoretical and methodological approaches to their interpretation and study.
Depending upon your choice of option modules, the programme will also give you:
* An understanding of the theoretical problems of political sociological inquiry and their relationship to research practices
* Knowledge of the methodological procedures used to investigate a wide range of practical and substantive issues
* Skills in practical research-related tasks
* Awareness of the range of secondary data available and the ability to evaluate its utility for your research
* The opportunity to develop transferable employment-related skills through group work, presentations and the use of information technologies
* An enhanced capacity to undertake independent research.
The programme is also designed to enhance your professional development. We place considerable emphasis on the socialisation of graduate students into a research community. This is reflected in our pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. There is less didactic teaching and more emphasis on structured seminars with greater participation from students. Class sizes are generally much smaller than at undergraduate level and you will be taught by established members of the academic staff, many of whom are internationally recognized leaders in their particular fields of inquiry. This facilitates close working relationships between staff and students. You will also be encouraged to participate in the staff/graduate seminar which allows MA and research students the opportunity to become more fully involved in a professional research culture, and to meet visiting speakers from many universities in Britain and beyond.
Format and assessment
You will take six modules during the first two terms. These are made up as follows:
Two from among the three core modules:
* Social and Political Movements (Term 1)
* Environmental Politics (Term 2)
* Social and Political Change / Globalisation (Term 2)
One or two methods modules:
* Research design and data collection (Term 1)
* Using secondary and qualitative data (Term 2)
The remaining modules from among a list of options. The list varies from year to year, but includes most of the postgraduate modules offered by the SSPSSR and the Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as certain modules offered by the Department of Anthropology.
Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.
Past or current students have come from a wide range of countries. Our graduates have gone on to careers in research, journalism, teaching, business, banking, management consultancy, and public service.
How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
Why study at The University of Kent?
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
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Postgraduate scholarships and funding
We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/
English language learning
If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html