This course offers you the opportunity to study Politics at an advanced and specialised level, emphasising the interplay between the national, regional and global arenas. The underpinning theme of the Politics Masters degree is participation - an issue that has, and looks likely to continue to be a key debate within political discourse.
Throughout the course you will have the unique opportunity to explore this theme through combining academic research skills with a period of work-based learning – either through existing links you might have with an organisation / institution, or through links established throughout the course.
How you're taught
Each module on the MA Politics adopts an explicitly national, regional and / or global perspective on a range of political, economic, social and environmental issues. Most of its modules are team-taught, which allows for a responsive and varied curriculum which reflects the individual and collective research interests of the team. All modules have been designed and selected specifically to adhere to the overarching theme of participation.
Throughout the course you'll have chance to integrate yourself into NTU's research culture by attending the Politics and International Relations Divisional Research Seminars, and NTU's annual Alternative Futures conference.
Each module employs a range of assessment methods which, through their combination of both summative and formative forms, seeks to encourage a strongly developmental approach to learning. The majority of assessments will be writting-based, ranging from article reviews, essays and portfolios. You will also be assessed through individual presentations, involving both peer and tutor-led feedback.
Support within the Department of Politics and International Relations is supplemented by effective School-based academic and pastoral support, which is widely publicised and used well by existing students.
The MA Politics has regular Course Committees where a representative of your course can share your experiences and provide on-going feedback. We value feedback very highly and will encourage you – and the course team – to reflect on continually as the course progresses.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
Careers and employability
NTU has a justified reputation among the UK's universities for the high level of employability of its graduates. While the primary aims of a university course have traditionally been intellectual in nature and specific to the subject(s) under study, NTU realises the importance of the role of higher education in training graduates to move into the labour market. The MA Politics will provide you with a range of 'transferable skills' which will be essential to employment in a range of occupations, including:
- The ability for independent and critical thought
- Analysing and evaluating complex and unfamiliar problems
- Working to tight deadlines
- Presenting your ideas with confidence and clarity both in writing and in speech
- Working and learning collaboratively with peers from a range of personal, academic and national backgrounds.
Alongside providing such transferable skills, we believe that the optional pathway through the Dissertation module will strongly enhance your employability skills and, more generally, the course's engagement with contemporary global issues – particularly those of participation, sustainability and citizenship – will ensure that your knowledge and 'openness' to the wider world is up-to-date and relevant.
During the course you will be encouraged to reflect critically on the subject-specific and transferable skills gained throughout, and in addition to discussing your ideas with the course team you will have the opportunity to consult NTU's comprehensive Employability and Careers Service.
After graduating from the MA Politics, you might decide to continue your studies to MPhil / PhD level and there are a range of such opportunities here at NTU. Graduates will also be well placed to pursue careers and training in a wide variety of professions such as research, politics or public administration.
As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:
- Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
- Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
- Study areas and social spaces;
- Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
- Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.