This MA offers a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students from across the world to join in and learn about contemporary debates about the meaning of security, democracy and the role of political processes in International Relations. In the context of tightening employment prospects and increasing competitiveness among graduates for the best jobs, this MA programme offers a fantastic opportunity for you to enhance your career prospects by learning about international relations, academic methods and contemporary security debates.
One of the key characteristics of the programme is flexibility and choice, which allows you to pursue your own particular areas of interest through our optional pathways, many of which draw on the unique expert knowledge of staff in the Department of Politics i.e. International Relations and Security, Conflict Resolution, Political Communication and International Law.
The Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool has an internationally recognised expertise on topics of international relations and security. The University is ranked among the top 1% of Universities worldwide (THE 2013), and was ranked among the top 100 social science departments in the World (Guardian, 2011). We have a unique combination of expertise in international relations theory, non-state actor violence and resolution of conflicts.
The department puts a strong emphasis on high quality teaching. Classroom seminars and lectures are designed interactively and centre around student engagement. The overall satisfaction of University of Liverpool students rates 88% (NSS 2013). Likewise teaching staff are passionate about making complicated matters of international relations accessible to students. 90% of students are satisfied with Politics courses and even 98% are satisfied with the way in which staff explain content to them (NSS 2013).
The programme is designed to provide a constructive mixture of academic and practical skills over the course of 12 month (full time) or 24 month (part-time). There is a strong structure provided by the arrangement of compulsory modules on International Relations Theory, International Security, and Research Methods. However, one of the key characteristics we have sought to develop in the MA programme is flexibility and choice which allows you to pursue your own particular areas of interest through our optional pathways, many of which draw on the unique expert knowledge of staff in the Department of Politics i.e. International Relations and Security, Conflict Resolution, Political Communication and International Law.
Why School of Politics?
Breadth of study
We are able to offer an excellent range of modules providing both a national and international focus, giving students plenty of choice. Pathways offer students module choices to develop their own specialist interests.
The staff at the Department of Politics work to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Due to the small size of the seminar groups and the MA-programme in general, lecturers know students individually, and are easily accessible. This stands in stark contrast to the vast and anonymous lectures in some competing MA-programmes at other Universities.
The University of Liverpool is a Russell Group member, an organization of leading research and teaching Universities in the UK. All staff are actively researching and publishing in their fields and have national and international reputations. This provides huge benefits for the MA programme as this translates in to the classroom. Courses are based on the latest research and give students insight into cutting-edge developments in their fields.
Studying Politics develops critical and research skills valued by employers – data collection and analysis, problem-solving, argument and self-expression. Graduates have achieved much success in areas such as broadcasting, journalism, the civil service, government (local, national and European), marketing, public relations and academia.
Positive and flexible
We offer postgraduate degrees and adopt a positive and flexible policy towards the requirements of overseas and/or part-time students, including effective timetabling on taught programmes, facilitation of language training, help with practical problems where appropriate, etc. The department fully embraces the University’s Equal Opportunities strategy and works closely with the Student Welfare and Disability Team and the International Office to provide appropriate facilities for students with additional needs including English language support.
Teaching and Research Environment
The recently-extended University library is well-resourced, up-to-date and easy to use, with particularly good collections in Politics and allied subjects. There are multiple copies of all of the main teaching texts.
You'll be able to take advantage of the strong programme of activities (conferences, guest lectures, seminars) organised by the Europe in the World Centre (www.liv.ac.uk/ewc). Based in the School, the EWC is a European Commission recognised Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence.