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Ideology and Discourse Analysis, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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Questions concerning the impact of ideological and symbolic processes on the formation of political discourses, identities and communities are of crucial importance. All of these are covered within the Ideology and Discourse Analysis course offered by the University of Essex.

About

You explore topics including:

  • Poststructuralist, post-Marxist and psychoanalytic theories of ideology and discourse
  • Research methods in critical political theory and analysis
  • Key concepts for political analysis
  • Mass media and democracy
  • Philosophy of social science

Your future

All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.

The Ideology and Discourse Analysis course offered by the University of Essex will help you secure a solid grasp of key debates in social and political thought, give you a strong foundation in theoretical principles whose relevance and application goes well beyond politics, and instil a wide range of analytical, critical, and communication skills that will enable you to pursue the career of your choice, whether in the public, private, or third sector, whether with a domestic or international focus.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:

  • The Civil Service
  • Local government
  • The World Bank
  • The United Nations
  • NATO
  • YouGov and YouGov America

We also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil in the following fields: government; ideology and discourse analysis; international relations; political behaviour; and politics.

Our academic reputation is illustrated by the fact that many of our graduates now teach or research at universities, colleges of higher education and schools. For example, recent graduates are now research fellows and academic staff at: Mannheim, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Duke University, USA; NATO/SHAPE, Belgium; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ideology and Political Discourse
  • MA Dissertation
  • Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • From Cradle to Grave: Social Justice in Childhood, Adulthood, and Death
  • International Security Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. 
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A degree with an overall high 2.2 in Political Science, International Relations, American Studies, United states Politics, Business - ( finance related), Economics or Statistics.
  • Applications from students with a 2:2 or equivalent will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement.
  • We will accept applicants with a degree in an unrelated field but you must have studied at least two relevant modules with marks of at least 58% in the final two years of study

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7940 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part-time:

  • Home/EU fee: £3,970
  • International fee: £8,520

Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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