Elections, Campaigns and Democracy MSc

Course Introduction

The course

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. This course is designed to better understand how modern election campaigns work, to identify what strategies have been employed, which have been successful, which have failed, and why. What explains the success of political outsiders and how best can mainstream parties respond? Why have recent results been so unpredictable? And how can we better track public opinion and analyse voting behaviour?

Working with academics who are expert in the field of elections and polling agencies who have worked on political campaigns, you will get both a theoretical and practical insight into the challenges of running a modern election campaign. This course is ideal for anyone who wants a career in campaigning, social research or political consultancy, or is interested in a career in government or academia.

This course is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Masters degree. The structure of the Diploma is identical except that you will not write a dissertation. If you are successful on the Diploma you may transfer to the MSc, subject to academic approval.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation.

Your future career

Graduates of political degrees have much to offer potential employers having developed a range of transferable skills, both practical and theoretical, whilst studying with us.

The methodological nature of a politics degree provides graduates with valuable analytical and research skills in preparation for careers in government, political consultancy, NGOs and research organisations.

In recent years, departmental graduates have secured jobs in a wide range of professions, such as the law, the civil service, accountancy, management, journalism, broadcasting, teaching, international development and diplomacy. Our most recent graduates are enhancing their skills with further study or forging careers in companies and institutions such as:

* Bloomberg

* The Church of England

* Citigroup

* The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

* The Conservative Party

* Ernst & Young

* The European Commission Global Capital

* HM Treasury.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,400 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,400 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,800 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,700 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,700 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Prospective students should have an (2:1) undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject area such as politics, international relations, history, or geography. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Prospective students should have an (2:1) undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject area such as politics, international relations, history, or geography. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Students need to have: IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5; TOEFL iBT: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.