MA Global Politics

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Politics and International Relations
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date September

Overview

This programme allows you to engage with some of the greatest global challenges of our times. Throughout the programme you will receive a thorough education, from our internationally-recognised scholars. Drawing on the particular interdisciplinary strengths of the University’s Penryn Politics team, this programme focusses on change and uncertainty in contemporary global systems and covers issues such as: international politics of migration; populism and challenges for democracy; rising powers; climate change; human security; environmental change and controversies; political power and violence; feminist politics; political communication, activism and strategy. You can also undertake a work-based project module in Strategic Political Communication.

You’ll benefit from accessible staff, and world-leading interdisciplinary research and teaching from a Top 100 Politics department (QS World University Rankings 2019). Our MA Global Politics is an intellectually challenging and career-oriented programme. It unites the world-class resources of the University of Exeter with the particular strengths in critical interdisciplinary research and teaching at our stunning Penryn Campus.

If you don’t have a first degree in Politics we can support you in an optional module (Foundation Study in Politics) which enables you to establish foundational knowledge in a particular area you want to specialise in for your dissertation project. 

The campus is situated in the environmentally beautiful and politically complex setting of west Cornwall. It offers the very best in learning and teaching facilities, with lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technologies. The campus is shared with the University of Falmouth, which creates a vibrant mixture of students from science, engineering, humanities and arts backgrounds, both on campus and in the local area.

Employability

Our MA Global Politics will be of particular interest to students looking for careers, further postgraduate training or serious volunteer commitment in areas such as: political research; communication or activism at any level; governance and policy making; international aid/development; international diplomacy or conflict resolution; or security studies.

The focus of the programme – on analysing political, social, geographic, and ecological change and uncertainty in complex, multi-faceted global environments – is particularly relevant to business, government, and non-profit sector employment, leaving our students prepared to tackle a wide range of contemporary challenges.

The Programme Director is Dr. Catherine Owen.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Learning environment

Exeter Politics at Cornwall has a unique learning environment of smaller cohorts; close relationships between students and staff; responsibility to place-based teaching and problem-based learning in a context of global challenges; cutting-edge interdisciplinary work; and a focus on employability. The campus is modern and has state of the art postgraduate teaching and learning facilities and study spaces set within a beautiful environment. You will be supported in your studies by a specialist postgraduate team on campus and you will have access to a wider community of lecturers and researchers through staff research seminars, guest lectures, and other events. All this is conducive to a real community of learning where students engage with lecturers and other postgraduate students in meaningful and transformative education.

About the programme

  • You will take a compulsory introductory module in Critical Global Politics (30 credits), which traces developments from the end of WW2 through to more recent challenges to current liberal international order (such as rising powers, populism and global activism).
  • You will also choose three further optional modules (total 90 credits) allowing you to specialise in areas such as feminist politics, global policy challenges, and human security.
  • If you want to enhance your employability skills you can undertake a work-based project module (Strategic Political Communication) or focus on practical governance (Global Sustainability Challenges).
  • Finally, you will complete a dissertation (60 credits) in the form of a 15,000 word extended essay on a subject of your choice under the guidance of a supervisor (following discussion and approval from your supervisor).
  • An optional Foundation Studies in Politics module offers those without a background in Politics to deepen foundational knowledge in an area of their choice prior to their dissertation.
  • With the exception of the dissertation and the Foundation Studies in Politics, each module on this programme is normally taught through weekly seminars for which preparation is expected. Student activities in class may include discussion, presentations, group work, and scenario work.
  • The broad range of individual and group assessments across the programme supports the development of important traditional skills (such as written and verbal fluency, logical thinking, analysis and presentation) as well as more cutting-edge skills required by current employers (such as flexibility, willingness to engage with new and challenging ideas, multi-media competency, skilled communication, teamwork, creative problem solving, and organisational strategic assessments). Assessments are varied and include essays, critical reviews, group work, presentations, consultancy reports, media projects, developing strategic plans and independent research essays.

Careers

Our MA Global Politics will be of particular interest to students looking for careers, further postgraduate training or serious volunteer commitment in areas such as: political research; communication or activism at any level; governance and policy making; international aid/development; international diplomacy or conflict resolution; or security studies.

The focus of the programme – on analysing political, social, geographic, and ecological change and uncertainty in complex, multi-faceted global environments – is particularly relevant to business, government, and non-profit sector employment, leaving our students prepared to tackle a wide range of contemporary challenges.

Employment and professional development

Our excellent Employability and Graduate Development Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available. 

Facilities

Library services

Our main library is open 24/7 throughout the academic year. With a book stock in excess of 1.2 million, we have one of the highest UK academic library ratios of books to students. The main library offers self-service machines, state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, and an extended wifi network. The library provides world-class study facilities to all students. It has extensive holdings of works on political science, international relations and the various sub-disciplines.

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

However, the programme has been designed for students from a wide range of first degree backgrounds, enabling them to broaden their knowledge in this field. Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £9,000 full-time; £4,500 part-time
  • International: £19,000 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

Contact us

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
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