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MSc in Political Science and Political Economy

Programme Code: TMPSPE

Department: Government

For students starting this programme of study in 2020/21

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take courses to the value of three full units and a dissertation as shown below.

Students are strongly recommended to take the non-assessed pre-sessional course GV4J7. Students who wish to choose an Economics course as an option are required to attend EC400.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Introductory course 1

Students are strongly recommended to take the following non-assessed introductory course:


GV4J7 Introductory Mathematics for Political Science (0.0)

Introductory course 2

Students who wish to choose an Economics course as an option are required to attend the following introductory course:


EC400 Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics (0.0) #

Paper 1

GV481 Quantitative Analysis for Political Science (0.5)

Paper 2

GV4C8 Game Theory for Political Science (0.5)

Paper 3

GV482 Political Science and Political Economy: Current Issues (0.5) #

Paper 4

Courses to the value of 0.5 unit(s) from the following:


GV454 Parties, Elections and Governments (0.5) #


GV4A2 Citizens' Political Behaviour in Europe: Elections Public Opinion and Identities (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


GV4A3 Social Choice Theory and Democracy (0.5) #  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GV4C5 Politics of Economic Policy (0.5)  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GV4F8 Institutions and Global Trade (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


GV4G1 Applied Quantitative Methods for Political Science (0.5) #


GV4H6 Behavioural Political Economy (0.5) #


GV4J3 Public Opinion, Political Psychology and Citizenship (0.5) #  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GV4J6 Game Theory for Research (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


GV4K1 Transparency and Accountability in Government (0.5)

Papers 5 & 6

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


DV431 Development Management (1.0) *


DV490 Economic Development Policy I: Applied Policy Analysis for Macroeconomic Development (0.5)


DV491 Economic Development Policy II: Microeconomic Analysis (0.5) #


EC453 Political Economy (1.0) # *


EU439 Political and Fiscal Integration and Disintegration in EU Member States (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


EU446 The Political Economy of European Monetary Integration (0.5) # *


EU449 Emerging Markets, Political Transition and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe (0.5) # *  (not available 2020/21)


EU453 The Political Economy of European Welfare States (0.5) # *


EU477 Labour Markets and the Political Economy of Employment in Europe (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


EU4A4 The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution (0.5)


GV441 States and Markets (0.5)


GV4E2 Capitalism and Democracy (0.5)


GV4E8 Conflict and Institutional Design in Divided Societies (0.5)


IR467 Global Environmental Politics (0.5) *


IR468 The Political Economy of Trade (0.5) *


IR469 Politics of Money in the World Economy (0.5) # *


MY452 Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


MY455 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (0.5) #


MY457 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies (0.5) #


MY459 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Quantitative Text Analysis (0.5) #


PP440 Micro and Macro Economics (for Public Policy) (1.0) *


PP4J5 Fiscal Governance and Budgeting (0.5)


SP434 Behavioural Public Policy (0.5)


Another half-unit or full-unit course taught in the Government Department or elsewhere in the school, with the approval of the Programme Convenor.

Paper 7

GV499 Dissertation (1.0)

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

* means available with permission

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

* These courses have restricted access and require the approval of the course convenor.

Note for prospective students:

For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.