About the MSc programme
Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. The MSc Comparative Politics looks for sophisticated analytical answers to basic political questions: Why are some countries democratic while others are not? Why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict? Do constitutions matter?
The programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. It offers courses in the fields of democracy and democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative political economy and political institutions, popular politics, and politics of the developing world as well as a wide range of country and area specific options. Regional focuses include Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South-East Asia. You can choose a specialism allowing you to develop deeper expertise on any of these subject areas within comparative politics.
The programme is good preparation for further research work or for a career in media, political consultancy, international organisations, public administration or the private sector.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Comparative Politics in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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Graduates from our MSc have gone on to successful careers in politics, media, NGOs, foreign service, finance and academia.