Master's Degrees in Political Science in United Kingdom

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Studying Political Science

Political science is a multidisciplinary field that integrates knowledge, hypotheses and research methods that apply to all political relations. The political science discipline focuses on state and the relations between central, regional and local authorities. Graduates can find jobs in governmental and diplomatic institutions, while practicing as public affairs consultants, local government officers, politicians, and more.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.

Applying to a Master's in United Kingdom

If you want to study a Master's degree at a university in the United Kingdom, you will have to get the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement. You'll be asked to present supporting documents including:

  • birth certificate;

  • your passport or national identity card;

  • reference letters from past employers or teachers;

  • copies of past diplomas or certificates;

  • academic transcripts.

To show that you have the right English skills, you'll have to also present a IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificate, and in some cases provide an additional test such as UKCAT, BMAT or LNAT. The deadlines for applying to a Master's in the UK are usually during the summer (June), or in winter (January). Many universities have rolling applications, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.

If you want to apply more easily to a university in the UK, you can use Studyportals Apply – our university application platform. We'll first ask you a few questions to determine how well you fit the Master's programme requirements. Then, you just need to fill in your student profile, including all your gathered personal and academic information. If you complete your applicant profile to 100% you will be able to apply to more than one university. Now, we will be able apply to the university on your behalf and do our best to get you into the university in the UK.

271 Political Science Master's degrees in United Kingdom

MA/PgDip/PgCert Holocaust and Genocide

Co-taught by staff in History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion, this interdisciplinary Holocaust and Genocide programme offered at the University of Birmingham will immerse you in past and present debates about researching, remembering and commemorating the Holocaust and other genocides. 

Department of Theology and Religion
M.Sc. Public Policy and Management

This Master's degree in Public Policy and Management offered by Birckbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics is ideal if you are working, or seeking a career, in public policy research and implementation. It will give you insights into how policy choices are made, in comparison to policy developing by default.

Postgraduate courses
M.Sc. International Security and Global Governance

This International Security and Global Governance Master's degree in politics explores urgent contemporary debates about violence, conflict, security and governance from a global perspective. The programme is offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Postgraduate courses
M.Sc. Policy Analysis and Global Governance

The UWS MSc in Policy Analysis & Global Governance course is underpinned by high-quality training in social science research methodologies and work-related learning. It will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and expertise in public policy analysis within an international and comparative context.

School of Media, Culture and Society
M.Sc. Global Politics

You will develop your ability to analyse political debates and issues in a critical manner and you will be taught by academics with expertise in Global history and politics. The Global Politics programme offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics combines theoretical approaches with empirical knowledge and real-world case studies.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Global Political Communication

The Global Political Communication programme at Loughborough University focuses on political communication in a fast changing global context, looking at message production, transmission, and reception across nations, as well as the key theories, themes and controversies central to the academic study of political communication.

Social Sciences
M.Res. Politics

The University of Exeter's Politics MRes is a training programme designed to equip you with the research skills necessary to progress to a doctoral research degree, or to embark upon on a career as a political researcher. 

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
M.A. Politics

The MA Politics at De Montfort University is designed for students to obtain an advanced level understanding of key political issues and how they engage with local and national governance, comparative politics and international relations.

Business and Law
M.A. United States Politics

The United States Politics programme 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.

Department of Government
Postgraduate Certificate Africa and International Development (Online Distance Learning)

The Africa & International Development (Online Distance Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is designed for those with an interest in international development who wish to develop analytical and theoretical skills along with an in-depth knowledge of development issues in the African continent.

School of Social and Political Science
M.Phil. Politics (Comparative Government)

The MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) is an advanced two-year graduate degree which provides training in research techniques and methodology and enables you to acquire substantive knowledge in this sub-area of the discipline. It is also suitable if you wish to later embark upon doctoral research.

M.A. Politics

This is a flexible programme allowing you to choose a combination of modules (from the domestic to the global) that best suits your background and interests in the broad arena of politics. Students take five modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.

Politics and International Relations
M.Sc. State, Society and Development

This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy. 

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
M.A. International Politics

Get behind the headlines to discover the structures and ideas that shape global affairs, and open up a wide range of exciting career possibilities with this world-class MA.

School of Arts and Social Sciences
M.Sc. Social Science

This MSc allows you to create a bespoke programme of study that draws on our expertise in fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social theory; social and public policy. As such, each student can tailor their learning to suit their own interests and aspirations.

Cardiff School of Social Sciences
M.A. Politics

The beginning of the twenty-first century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the global political landscape, with rapidly shifting regime change and new types of political actor transcending national borders. This Politics programme is offered by University of Leeds.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
MPP Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy offered by The University of Edinburgh is designed for graduates looking for an advanced professional qualification to provide a launch pad for careers in the public sector, nonprofit sector or international policy community.

School of Social and Political Science
M.Sc. Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy

This Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy programme at Loughborough University London provides an umbilical link between theory and practice, providing training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy. This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only.

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance
M.Res. Public Policy

This MRes degree is designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of policy processes and to offer a grounding in research methods up to PhD level. The programme is focused around current debates on policy-making and public management in both developed and developing countries.

Masters Programmes
M.A. Geopolitics, Territory and Security

The Geopolitics, Territory and Security MA at King's College London is a unique multidisciplinary course that focuses on the territorial aspect of inter-state relations. You will explore geopolitical and political geographic analysis and the relevant aspects of international law to understand the creation and maintenance of international boundaries.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.Sc. Elections, Campaigns and Democracy

Elections are more unpredictable than ever. Recent campaigns have shocked and surprised pundits and politicians alike. From the 2015 UK General Election, to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump – recent elections have thrown up some unexpected results. 

Department of Politics & International Relations
M.A. Social and Political Thought

MA Social and Political Thought at University of Leeds will provide you with an advanced grounding in social and political theory, with modules in Contemporary Social Thought, Critical Theory, Liquid Sociology and an extended Dissertation that will allow you the opportunity to evaluate critically and creatively social and political realities at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
M.A. Research Methods (International Relations)

This Research Methods (International Relations) degree at Durham University is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies.

School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA)
M.Sc. International Political Theory

This International Political Theory programme at The University of Edinburgh aims to equip students with the intellectual skills to analyse contemporary international affairs from a philosophically informed perspective, with a particular focus on their ethical dimensions.

School of Social and Political Science
M.A. Politics

This MA pathway is best suited for generalists who wish to get a degree in Political Science but do not want to follow a particular area. It allows for maximum choice for modules offered.

School of Social Sciences
MA/PGDip/PGCert Slavery and Liberation

Taught by world-leading academic and practitioner experts, this internationally recognised distance-learning Slavery and Liberation course from University of Nottingham is the first of its kind in the world.

School of Politics and International Relations
M.Res. Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies

This Masters in Human Geography: Spaces, Politics & Ecologies at University of Glasgow considers how geography has been used to actively engage with the world beyond the academy, focusing on social justice and social change, environment and development, and cultural and historical geographies.

College of Science and Engineering
M.Sc. Nationalism Studies

The Nationalism Studies programme from The University of Edinburgh is an interdisciplinary programme designed to give you an understanding of nationalism that is broad in scope and theoretically informed, while also tailored to your specific interests within the field.

School of Social and Political Science
Postgraduate Diploma Political Communication

On this Political Communication programme at the University of Glasgow you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems.

College of Social Sciences
M.A. International Conflict Analysis

The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the world who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline. The International Conflict Analysis programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Politics and International Relations
M.A. International Politics (Critical Geopolitics)

This International Politics (Critical Geopolitics) course features distinctive contributions from critical international politics and human geography. It focuses on the key theories, approaches and thinkers in the study of geopolitics. It gives you insight into the political dynamics, consequences and discourses of contemporary geopolitics and how to think critically about these important political currents.

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
M.Sc. Politics and Communication

This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the relations between politics, media and communications. It aims to provide an advanced understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge in the intersecting fields of politics and communication research. 

Department of Media and Communications
M.A. Holocaust Studies

The Holocaust Studies programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. The Centre at Royal Holloway is one of the leading academic centres of its kind in Europe, internationally recognised for its research, teaching, public advocacy and creative work.

Department of History
M.A. Social and Political Thought

Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Our course covers both historical traditions and contemporary developments.

M.Sc. Public Policy

Public Policy is the study of how problems are addressed within political institutions. Through studying public policy, you will gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation. Students take taught courses which allow them to explore the development, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of policies.

Masters Programmes
M.A. International Relations

This course gives you a grounding in the approaches to understanding contemporary international society. It provides the expertise for a range of careers where you need an advanced understanding of contemporary international society. It covers international dynamics through a range of theoretical, empirical and area-based approaches relevant in the workplace.

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
M.Res. Political Economy

Our MRes Political Economy is a two-year course, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA. You study modules on political economics and research methods across your two years, while developing a 35,000-word dissertation.

Department of Government
M.A. Politics and Development

Unlike MA courses which focus narrowly on specific areas relating to the politics of development, this course offers an integrated and interdisciplinary education with a focus on politics and international development. 

M.Res. Comparative Politics (MRes, PhD)

The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the world who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline. This Comparative Politics (MRes, PhD) programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Politics and International Relations
M.A. International Politics and Europe

Our International Politics and Europe (IPEU) programme analyses European politics explicitly in the context of International Relations and International Political Economy. Our MA and Diploma in IPEU are leading programmes and the Department is an international centre for research on International Relations and European politics, with staff at the cutting edge of research in these areas. The programme is very useful to students keen to understand past and present international relations of Europe, and the European Union (EU) amidst times of crisis and in constantly changing world.

M.A. Political Sociology (Russia and Eastern Europe)

This MA provides students with the opportunity to study key concepts and approaches in political sociology and theoretical debates about the relationship between state and society, and identity and power. Graduates acquire a mix of in-depth area knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe, research skills and theoretical understanding. A Graduate Open Evening will be held for all prospective postgraduate students thinking about taking either taught or research based programmes at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies on 23rd November 2016 from 5.30pm. For more information and to register please visit the following link

University College London -School of Slavonic and East European Studies
M.A. Corruption and Governance

Develop your understanding of what corruption is, where and why it proliferates, and what can be done to counteract it. Our interdisciplinary MA looks at issues of corruption and governance. You’ll address challenging issues of how different disciplines define corruption and how this can lead to different anti-corruption approaches.

M.Sc. Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy

This Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy programme at Loughborough University London explores the link between national and global security and the role of peace-building in developing multi-layered communities and nations. This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only.

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance
M.A. Religion in Global Politics

The MA Religion in Global Politics from SOAS University of London is designed to appeal to policy-makers, analysts, journalists and researchers in either international, national or regional institutions and organisations engaged in policy formation, inter-religious dialogue and community development, social work, development, conflict resolution, peace building or diversity management. 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.Sc. Welsh Government and Politics (MScEcon)

This programme provides an informed insight and understanding of the political landscape of Wales. Due to devolution and distinctive historical and cultural factors, Welsh politics is a fascinating and fast-evolving topic of study. The course benefits from close links with the institutions of devolved government in Wales.

Cardiff School of Modern Languages
M.A. Art and Politics

Working from a strong theoretical basis, this programme will help you to understand a range of empirical, aesthetic and conceptual issues which traverse and exceed both 'art' and 'international' politics.

Department of Politics and International Relations
M.A. Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

This MA programme is designed to critically examine the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the dynamics of peace and conflict in the contemporary world. The programme engages with the work of leading peace and conflict studies scholars at both conceptual and empirical levels and draws on evidence from a range of recent armed conflicts.

Politics and International Relations
M.A. Diplomatic Studies MA

If you’re heading for a diplomatic career or you’re a professional diplomat requiring additional training, this is the course for you. The aim of the Diplomatic Studies MA and diploma is to skill those wishing to pursue careers in government, defence work, international organisations, journalism, teaching and those wishing to proceed to a research degree.

M.A. Critical Theory and Politics

Gain a thorough understanding of the close connections between critical theory and key contemporary political and social theories by taking MA Critical Theory and Politics offered at the University of Nottingham. 

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
M.A. Political Economy

The MA in Political Economy programme at Manchester University offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy. The MA is housed in the Centre for the Study of Political Economy, which brings together the world-class research strengths in the field of political economy at Manchester University.

School of Social Sciences
M.A. International Politics

Develop your understanding of the interplay between the domestic, regional and international levels of politics and decision-making. You’ll examine the political context of different countries, and how this influences their foreign policies. You have the opportunity to specialise in the regional politics of South Asia, East Asia or Europe. 

M.A. Anthropology and Cultural Politics

The MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics is an interdisciplinary programme in anthropology, directed at students from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social and political sciences, artists, and professionals in the media and cultural sectors.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Media and Cultural Politics

This MA Media and Cultural Politics from University of East Anglia reflects an important and developing area in the social sciences, the impact of which can be detected in the rise of identity politics and the new social movements, as well as in the emergence of an alternative, broader conception of politics, one that does not refer only to formal political agencies but to the private realm also.

School of Political, Social and International Studies
M.A. Ideology and Discourse Analysis

How do ideologies form and sustain political identities and interests? What are the main ideologies and political discourses that frame and organise our lives today? How do theories of ideology and discourse inform contemporary political analysis? How can these theories help us to explain and evaluate key political processes? Here, questions concerning the impact of ideological and symbolic processes on the formation of political discourses, identities and communities are of crucial importance. Ranked top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2017)

Department of Government
M.Sc. Human Rights and International Politics

This Human Rights and International Politics programme at University of Glasgow offers a thorough academic analysis of one of the most salient and pressing issues in the contemporary world: the place of individual human rights in a system of international relations in which states’ rights have traditionally been paramount.

College of Social Sciences
M.A. Political Sociology

The Political Sociology MA from University of Kent combines the perspectives of sociology and political science to address key issues of social and political change in modern societies. 

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
M.Sc. Politics

If you're looking for work in the public sector, the third sector or with non-governmental organisations this is the course for you. It's also excellent preparation for PhD work in politics or in the social sciences.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.Phil. Politics Research

The Department of Political Economy is the only political economy department in the UK. We welcome applications for postgraduate research in politics, economics and political economy. Particular areas of strength in the department include public policy, health technology, Austrian economics, political theory, and the politics of emerging economies.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.Sc. Middle East Politics

The Middle East Politics degree from SOAS University of London offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnicity and sect), comparative politics (state power, political economy of development, democratic openings and nationalism).

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences