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.
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
* local authorities
* the armed forces
* the National Health Service
* the UK Youth Parliament
* publishing and teaching
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
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.