Key Facts

Course Title: Politics
Course type: MA, MRes
Mode of Study:Full Time or Part Time
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Politics and International Relations


Contemporary societies are confronted with an array of complex challenges: economic globalisation, democratic malaise, ecological degradation, and terrorism, to name but a few. The pathway provides students with the knowledge and tools required to critically analyse these forces, including the main theories and paradigms within political analysis. It also aims to develop the methodological capacity of students. Through developing these skills and techniques, the pathway prepares students for undertaking a dissertation under the guidance of experienced staff.


Aims of the Course

The pathway is designed to provide students with the necessary conceptual tools and research skills critically to examine the profound challenges faced in contemporary politics. The degree enables students to work across the various specialisms of the School in the areas of Comparative Politics, Parties and Elections, Policy Studies, Public Policy, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Political and International Theory. This MA pathway is best suited for generalists who wish to get a degree in Politics but do not want to follow a particular area. It allows for maximum choice for modules offered.   

The course is taught over a 12 month period (September-September; January-January). It is available as a full-time and/or part-time mode of study. Students completing an MA at Keele have gone on to a variety of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.



Entry Requirements


Course Content

You will study the following core modules:
• Advanced Approaches to Politics and International Relations*
• Perspectives in Politics and International Relations*
• Research in Action*
• Dissertation Module
The following is a list of indicative elective modules:
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Parties and Democracy
  • Party Politics and the European Union
  • Race and Justice: Civil Rights in the US
  • The EU and the Global Commons
  • The Politics of Sin: Culture Wars in the US
  • The US Presidency and Public Policy
  • Approaches to Dialogue
  • Climate Change: Governance, Power and Society
  • Crisis, Continuity and Change: Trends and Issues in Contemporary Global History
  • Dimensions of Environmental Politics
  • Diplomatic Law
  • Diplomatic Practice
  • Environmental Decision Making: The Case of Complex Technologies
  • Environmental Diplomacy
  • Equality, Discrimination and Minorities
  • Foundations of Human Rights
  • Green Political Theory
  • Human Rights and Global Politics
  • International Environmental Law
  • Learning and Research Skills
  • Maritime Security
  • Rethinking Fault-Lines: Beyond the East/West Divide in Global Politics
  • The Changing International Agenda
  • The Theory of Global Security
  • War, Memory and Popular Culture
*Please note: this is a pathway of the MA in Politics and International Relations. For further details on the course, please visit our website

Teaching and Assessment

Additional Costs

Apart from purchasing textbooks and other sundry materials, no significant additional costs are compulsory for this course.