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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.55k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This programme examines the need to rethink our understanding of citizenship and democracy in the light of multiculturalism, globalisation, mass migration and the changing roles of the nation state. It explores controversial issues associated with the theory and practice of democracy, democratic participation and democratic accountability.

    This programme is suitable both for students wishing to carry out further research and those seeking careers in areas where knowledge of contemporary political issues is significant. There is a considerable range of options to allow for the development of specialist interests.

    Career opportunities

    In the current employment market, postgraduate qualifications are increasingly popular because of the competitive edge they give to a C.V. Many of our students have recently completed Bachelors degrees and wish to specialise further with a particular career in mind.

    Previous students have gone on to jobs in:

    * the private sector
    * non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
    * formal politics
    * think-tanks
    * local authorities
    * the armed forces
    * the National Health Service
    * the UK Youth Parliament
    * publishing and teaching
    * academia

    Core modules: Citizenship and democracy; Researching politics and international relations

    Four optional modules from: A wide range in the division; one may be chosen from Sociology and Social Policy modules

    Plus: Dissertation training programme and dissertation (12,50015,000 words; MSc only)

    Please note: optional modules are run according to staff availability and student uptake.

    Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

    Assessment: Coursework and/or examination; PG Dip students must complete all taught modules satisfactorily before being eligible to submit a dissertation leading to an MSc


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    We welcome applications from students with a good undergraduate degree (upper second-class or higher) or equivalent.If you have a lower second-class undergraduate degree, you may still be eligible for admission to one of our masters programmes if we are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence of upper second-class quality in your work (judged by the range of your marks, the mark awarded for your dissertation and/or the quality of your references).Academic backgroundEntry is not confined to students who have studied politics or international relations before. Each year, we offer places to a number of students from other subject areas in the social sciences and humanities.We also admit some students from science backgrounds, although we may want to interview such applicants before offering a place on the course.We also welcome applications from those who have relevant work experience and/or who have been away from education for some time, and such applicants are considered on a case by case basis. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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