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MA in International Politics

Course Description

This MA is designed to develop your understanding of the interaction between politics at domestic levels with the wider functioning of politics at the transnational and international level. It integrates the comparative study of domestic politics, foreign policy and international politics.

The MA is particularly focused on the politics of different world regions and gives you the opportunity to specialise in the regional politics of South Asia, East Asia or Europe. It looks at the political context in which different countries are operating, and how this influences their foreign policies. You develop an in-depth understanding of major powers in the world by examining political science methods, international politics and comparative governance.

Sussex is an ideal university at which to study for this MA – our faculty have exceptional expertise in the politics of different regions and powers around the world and also in the interplay between the domestic and international levels of politics and decision-making.

The course appeals to practitioners who wish to foster an analytical understanding of the interdependencies between domestic and international politics and how they impact on one another in real-world decision-making.


The assessment of individual modules may include essays and unseen exams.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take International Politics • Comparative Governance • Research Methods and Approaches.

Spring term: you choose two options from a focused range of specialist modules that may include Foreign Policy Analysis • The United Nations in the World • Politics and Government in India • The State in East Asia • European Political Integration • Domestic Politics of European Integration.

Summer term: you research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice, related to one of your options, under supervision of a member of faculty.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the MA in International Politics page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK entrance requirements:A first- or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree in a social science or humanities discipline.Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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