United States Politics

University of Essex

M.A. On Campus
12 months
17900 GBP/year
8340 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The United States Politics course offered by the University of Essex allows you to study United States politics at an advanced level in a department ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and with an extraordinary number of staff trained in the US. 


One of the few United States-focused courses in the UK, the United States Politics course offered by the University of Essex allows you gain in-depth knowledge of the workings of the US political system—what makes it unique, how it has evolved, and how it is changing. You receive a thorough training in the theories and methods needed to conduct your own research into United States politics – culminating in your dissertation on a topic that fascinates you and enhances your career. Your research skills will be in demand by a wide range of employers, including government, international organisations, policy analysis and market research. The course also prepares students for doctoral study.

Your future

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

This course can lead you to a career in a number of areas such as public policy and international affairs -- including government agencies and international NGOs -- journalism and the media, and many private sector areas such as market research, consulting and international business. You’ll develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, quantitative data analysis methods, research design and professional writing.

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

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theory and Explanation in Political Science
  • United States Politics
  • MA Dissertation
  • The Analysis of Conflict and Peace
  • International Security Studies
  • International Negotiation
  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We recommend that you apply as soon as you are able to.




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

    17900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8340 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8340 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


  • Home/EU fee: £8,340
  • International fee: £17,900


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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