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Public Opinion and Political Behaviour, M.A.

Public Opinion and Political Behaviour, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour will introduce you to the latest theoretical debates about the nature, significance and measurement of public opinion, exploring when and how these opinions translate into political participation, from voting behaviour and signing petitions to suicide bombing.

About

When angry at a particular government policy, some people sit in their armchair and complain, others write letters and organise committees, some participate in social media campaigns, while others still protest or even riot in the street. Politicians care about public opinion, so how do we explain these choices? How are reactions shaped by people’s social background, their economic circumstances, their personality, or even their genetic inheritance? Can politicians and the media influence public opinion and if so, how?

MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour explores the interaction between the mass public and political elites in advanced industrial democracies.

Specialist facilities
  • Laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political analysis
  • The ESSEXLab provides opportunities for experimental lab research
  • Student societies for politics, debating, and Model UN
  • We organise the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
  • A programme of seminars and events run by the department
Your future

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

Our course can lead to a career in the polling industry, market research, British and European Politics or the private sector. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, survey design, polling, research design, and report writing.

Programme Structure

  • Political Explanation (optional)
  • Advanced Research Methods (optional)
  • Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
  • Theory and Explanation in Political Science
  • MA Dissertation
  • International Security Studies (optional)
  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
  • From Cradle to Grave: Social Justice in Childhood, Adulthood, and Death (optional)
  • Environmental Politics (optional)
  • Theories of International Relations (optional)
  • Conflict Resolution (optional)
  • Political Economy (optional)
  • Political Theory (optional)
  • Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
  • Research Design (optional)
  • Comparative European Politics (optional)
  • Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)
  • Survey Measurement and Question Design

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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

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Academic Requirements

  • A degree with an overall high 2:2.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7560 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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