12 months
18400 GBP/year
8400 GBP/year
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The Politics programme from Swansea University gives you stimulating high level training in the core components of contemporary political study, and a solid grounding in research skills and theoretical approaches to politics.


You then select options that focus on global, comparative and British politics, as well as political theory and philosophy.

This Politics programme from Swansea University is enriched by the chance of placement opportunities, volunteering and work experiences in small research projects, depending upon availability. The Swansea Employability Academy, the student-led charity Discovery as well as the Employability Office of the Faculty are here to help you find the right placement for you.

You study four compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further two optional modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the course.

The compulsory modules are: conceptual issues in the theory and practice of social sciences; approaches to political theory; democracy and constitutional design; and comparative governance in complex systems.

Career opportunities

You will develop a deep level of knowledge around politics and political study, as well as excellent oral and writing skills.

Graduates of the MA in Politics go on to careers in government and politics, humanitarian organisations, business, media and PR.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Democracy and Constitutional Design
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • Analysing Politics and International Relations
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The typical entry requirement is a degree in any background, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent.  
  • Overseas and European applicants must achieve IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time (2 years) fees:

  • UK students: £ 4,200
  • International students: £ 9,200
Part-time (3 years) fees:
  • UK students: £ 2,800
  • International students: £ 6,150

Living costs for Swansea

727 - 1379 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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