Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course provides an advanced grounding in contemporary political science, focusing on empirical and normative democratic theory, political institutions, public policy and citizenship across different political systems and diverse social contexts. The programme can be tailored to specific regional interests through option courses in West Europe and North America, East Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East. The course aims to provide students with a firm academic foundation in the study of comparative politics and a base of knowledge for careers in fields such as policymaking, development, and non'governmental organisations (NGOs).

Course Modules

Core modules include: The politics of democracy; comparative political executives; European Union politics and policy; political parties; introduction to quantitative research methods in politics and international relations; introduction to qualitative methods in politics and international relations; dissertation. Elective modules include: Internet and new media politics; elections and voting behaviour; social media and politics; public opinion and political participation; human rights: From theory to practice; advanced quantitative methods.

Course Additional Entry

A minimum of a 2.1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent. Mature students with substantial work experience will also be considered. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate)
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate)
1 year
Full Time
PgDip
2 years
Part Time
PgDip