International Politics MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

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. 

The MA covers:

  • political science methods
  • international politics
  • comparative governance.

Our MA is for you if you wish to gain an analytical understanding of real-world decision-making in international politics in different world regions.

Why choose this course?

  • We were ranked in the top 5 UK institutions for research output in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • We're proud to count three winners of national teaching awards among our faculty. Our research expertise covers political theory, comparative and party politics, corruption, and the spectrum of UK, European and international issues.
  • Sussex was rated one of the top UK universities for its political scene (Which? University Student Survey 2016).

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a social sciences or humanities subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Dr Kai Oppermann at k.oppermann@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the spring and autumn terms. In the summer, you work on your dissertation.

Modules are assessed by a combination of:

  • essays
  • portfolios
  • unseen exams.

You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Internship

You have the opportunity to take up an internship to put the theories and concepts learned in the seminar room in to practice.

Specialist facilities

To complement the international orientation of our degrees, the Sussex Centre for Language Studies provides taught modules and self-study facilities for a wide range of languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

The University Library is a European Documentation Centre, and Library holdings in the fields of European institutions, economics and politics are particularly strong.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

Our experts

Prof Claire Annesley

Prof Claire Annesley

Head of Department

Research interests

comparative politics, executives, gender equality, political representation, public policy

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Dr Sabina Avdagic

Dr Sabina Avdagic

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

comparative politics, Labour economics, Labour relations, Political economy, public policy, Research design and methodology, social welfare reform

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Dr Susan Collard

Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies

Research interests

History

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Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett

Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research interests

Anti-corruption, Balkans, british politics, Corruption, International aid, International business, International Development, lobbying, Parliament, public policy, Public Procurement

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Dr Rekha Diwakar

Dr Rekha Diwakar

Lecturer in Politics

Research interests

comparative politics, electoral politics, Indian politics and public policy, party politics, Politics, Research methods in political science

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Dr James Hampshire

Dr James Hampshire

Reader in Politics

Research interests

british politics, citizenship, comparative politics, european union, governance, Immigration, immigration policy, liberalism, Migration, political theory, Politics of asylum and migration, race and racism

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Dr Olli Hellmann

Dr Olli Hellmann

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research interests

Corruption, democratisation, electoral politics, party politics, State building

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Prof Dan Hough

Prof Dan Hough

Professor of Politics

Research interests

Corruption, Devolution, Germany, Political Parties, The GDR/east Germany

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Prof Alan Mayhew

Prof Alan Mayhew

Jean Monnet Professor & Honorary Research Professor

Research interests

Wider Europe research programme

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Prof Susan Millns

Prof Susan Millns

Professor of Law

Research interests

citizenship, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Human Rights

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Dr Kai Oppermann

Dr Kai Oppermann

Reader in Politics

Research interests

British Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, German Foreign Policy, Referendums in European integration

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Dr Emily Robinson

Dr Emily Robinson

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research interests

British party politics, Memory, Modern British history, Nostalgia, Political identities, Progressivism, Temporality

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Prof Paul Statham

Prof Paul Statham

Professor of Migration

Research interests

ageing care and migration, Comparative Studies, Domestic Politics of European Integration, Immigration, Islam, Media & Communication Studies, Multiculturalism, Public sphere theory, Social movements, Sociology

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Prof Aleks Szczerbiak

Prof Aleks Szczerbiak

Professor of Politics & Contemporary European Studies

Research interests

East European politics, Euroscepticism, party politics, Poland, Transitional justice

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Prof Paul Taggart

Prof Paul Taggart

Professor of Politics

Research interests

Domestic Politics of European Integration, Euroscepticism, Political Parties, Populism

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Prof Paul Webb

Prof Paul Webb

Professor of Politics

Research interests

British party politics, democracy, Political participation, Voting & elections

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Course enquiries

Dr Kai Oppermann
+44 (0)1273 877265 
k.oppermann@​sussex.ac.uk

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

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Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

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Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our MA provides the skills for a career in a broad variety of different fields at the intersection between the domestic and the international.

In particular, you are well placed to work in:

  • government
  • international institutions
  • NGOs
  • think tanks
  • journalism.

The course also prepares you for further academic studies or a research course in politics or international relations.

Graduate destinations

89% of students from the Department of Politics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • coordinator, Fundacion Poder Ciudadano, Argentina
  • officer at the Committee of European Affairs, The Office of Government of the Czech Republic
  • research intern, British Beekeepers Association.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Comparative Governance

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will take you through some of the key topics and concepts in comparative politics. The focus is on concepts and not on particular regions. This means that it will cover issues such as regime types including non-democracies, parliamentary-presidential regimes, electoral behaviour, political opportunity structures, state-society relations and policy-making models. This means that each week you will take a classic article/book extract and, for the seminars, write a short one-page paper applying the week’s reading to a region, or comparing regions using the concepts, or offering a critical reflection on the concept. These papers will build into a portfolio that will be used to assess the module.

International Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You are provided with an advanced knowledge of key approaches and issues in international politics.

The module is particularly focused on the interplay between politics at the domestic, regional and international levels.

You develop analytical skills to investigate the interaction between these different realms of politics across countries and regions. 

The module is taught by a one-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar per week. The module is organised in three blocks.

  • the first block will take a comparative perspective on the politics of different world regions and on regional integration in world politics
  • the second set of sessions will introduce the main approaches to the comparative analysis of foreign policy with a special emphasis on what are sometimes termed the rising powers
  • the third block will discuss theories and concepts in international politics and explore their contribution to analysing contemporary issues in the field. Like in the first two blocks, a special focus will be put on understanding the interaction across different levels of politics.

The aim of the module is to prepare you for the specialist options you take in the Spring Term, and for the research you do for your dissertation.

Research Methods and Approaches

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will cover the range of qualitative and quantitative methods in social science and will provide the skills to develop a research outline. It will equip you with the ability to come up with an interesting and workable research question and testable empirical hypotheses, an ability to select cases/sample and appropriate methods for analysis, a focus on how to find appropriate data sources and conduct data analysis (either quantitative or qualitative), and how to interpret the results in relation to the available literature.

International Politics Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

As part of the MA in International Politics, you design and carry out a substantial postgraduate research project in the area of international politics under individual supervision. The specific topic of the dissertation will be discusssed and agreed between you and the course convenor. You will be encouraged to critically employ qualitative or quantitative research methods in social science to address focused and relevant theoretical or empirical research questions in the field. To this purpose, you will critically appreciate and apply appropriate concepts and analytical frameworks in international politics.

There is no formal teaching for the dissertation, but a dissertation workshop will be held early in the summer term to provide you with the necessary skills for researching and writing a long dissertation and to give feedback on draft research outlines. Each dissertation will be supervised by a dedicated member of faculty as appropriate to the research topic. The supervision will involve regular personal meetings between you and the supervisor starting early on the summer term. The expectation is that there will be at least three such supervision meetings to focus on the planning, structure and implementation of the research project.

Foreign Policy Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

What is foreign policy and what is 'foreign' about it? Does foreign policy still matter in an age of globalization? Who acts in foreign policy, for what purpose and in whose name? In this module we will analyse foreign policy as a crucial political site of agency and choice in today's international relations. The module will draw on classical and critical foreign policy analysis literature to locate the study of foreign policy firmly within the domain of international relations and redefine its political, strategic and normative boundaries. The theoretical study of how and why foreign policy is made will be complemented with an analysis of historical and contemporary foreign policy case studies and an in-class practical simulation exercise.

Politics and Government in India

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The study of Indian politics and government offers powerful insights into the challenges faced by, and the achievements of, a young and vibrant democracy in an often challenging regional environment. This module will examine and evaluate how key constitutional features have functioned in India to support its governance and democracy. Indian democracy is an important area of research for political science scholars, especially with regard to its ability to survive and function amidst high social heterogeneity, widespread poverty and illiteracy.

Indian politics, society and economy have undergone substantial changes since the country's independence in 1947. Today, India is an important emerging economy with a well-developed party system, and has a good record of holding regular elections. It is an interesting case to further our insights into the dynamics of political change in a large complex country with significant intra-country differences and an evolving party system. This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of major political, social and economic changes in India, beginning from its independence in 1947 to contemporary times, and of how these changes interact with the incentives and pressures India faces on the regional and international level. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the ability of institutions such as parliament, political executive, bureaucracy and party system to adapt to and deal with the ongoing pressures of social and economic development in India.

The key themes which are analysed in the module are:

  1. understanding Indian democracy and the institutional set up,
  2. the transformation of Indian party system from single party dominated system to a multi-party competitive system, and the emergence of coalition politics,
  3. identity politics and rise of ethnic parties,
  4. the growing influence of civil society and mass movements and the need for political parties to respond to demands from these organised interests,
  5. the political economy of public policy making and economic reforms in India, including the influence of international institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF,
  6. analysis of how domestic politics, in terms of ideology, party positions and institutions impact India's international politics, and
  7. the key challenges facing the Indian nation both domestically and in the international arena.

The module primarily uses an empirical approach but also presents relevant theoretical constructs and comparative analysis to provide students a rich insight into the politics and government in India.

The International Politics of Public Policy

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module aims to understand how public policy-making at the national level is influenced by the international context. The relationship between the state, the private sector and civil society is in flux, in both developed and developing countries. At the same time, national policies are increasingly shaped by international norms and actors, whether international organisations, international donors and lenders, transnational NGO networks, or multinational businesses. The module will explore these emerging new horizontal and vertical forms of governance in international politics, focusing on three overall themes:

  • interactions between the domestic and international levels of politics
  • the relationship between politics and business
  • comparisons of governance models among developed and developing countries.

The module will have three parts:

  1. Theoretical debates – here we will analyse relevant theoretical debates relating to conditionality, norm diffusion, voluntary private regulation and new public management.
  2. Actors – here we will focus on different institutional actors, including international organisations, transnational civil society networks, international donors and lenders, and multinational businesses.
  3. Policy – here we will focus on how these new forms of governance are applied in different areas of public policy, including environmental standards, labour markets, human rights and anti-corruption. Students will be encouraged to evaluate these emerging forms of governance in terms of effectiveness, representation, social impact and accountability.

The Politics of Brexit

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You cover three areas:

  • the process and politics that led to the referendum decision for the UK to exit the European Union
  • the process of Brexit
  • the implications and ramifications of the post-Brexit context.

In the course of this module some key issues will be covered (such as trade, immigration, foreign policy). You also consider Brexit from three perspectives: the UK, the EU and wider international politics.

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