University of Birmingham

12 months
19168 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The MA in Politics at University of Birmingham examines central questions of political science related to power, the state and the sources of political change.


The MA in Politics at University of Birmingham offers students insights into the causes and consequences of a variety of different political phenomenon across the globe. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political science and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

Key issues and questions examined include:

  • Where does power lie and how is it exercised?
  • What is the role of the state and what is its relationship to society?
  • Why are democracies not ubiquitous and why do we see a mixture of democratic and non-democratic regimes across the globe?
  • Why do democracies vary in their form and content?
  • Who wins elections and why?
  • What role do electoral systems, social context and campaigning play in determining election outcomes?
  • Why does political conflict emerge and how can it be managed?  


Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
  • Varieties of Politics: the comparative politics of parties, institutions and regimes
  • Dissertation

Key information


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

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180 alternative credits


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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19168 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19168 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • £4,625 PT (Home/EU students)

Postgraduate diploma:

  • £6,167 FT (Home/EU students)
  • £3,083 PT (Home/EU students)
  • £12,780 FT (Overseas students)


  • The Postgraduate Student Loan has increased its maximum loan amount to £10,609
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

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