UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This MSc focuses on the design, creation, and operation of democratic institutions. Students gain understanding of when a given set of institutes are appropriate for a society and what will make them function, and how scholars have thought about these matters, applying theory to examples of institution-building and design. Students are equipped with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of democratic institutions and politics. They develop an understanding of the potential benefits and pitfalls of different institutional designs, reforms, and administrative practices, and are able to analyse problems raised by new and reforming democracies.

Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of democracy and comparative politics. Students on the programme benefit from greater interaction with fellow students and academic staff due to small class sizes. Alumni of this programme work in a variety of fields. Many take on roles within their home governments, and a substantial number find jobs with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), working in their home countries or abroad. Some work for a research institutes or provide research for business, and a small number have also gone on to PhD study.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,340 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,340 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,790 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,610 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,610 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £11,060 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum, an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.3; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?distinction? in all components; overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7.5
  • TOEFL score: 109