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MSc in Political Science (Conflict Studies and Comparative Politics)

Programme Code: TMPSCP

Department: Government

For students starting this programme of study in 2023/24

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

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

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)

Paper 1

GV481 Quantitative Analysis for Political Science (0.5) or


GV4N1 Qualitative Analysis for Political Science (0.5)

Paper 2

GV4N2 Introduction to Comparative Politics and Conflict Studies (1.0)

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.5 unit(s) from the following:


AN436 The Anthropology of Development (0.5) *


AN451 Anthropology of Politics (0.5) *


DV435 African Political Economy (0.5)


DV460 Bayesian Reasoning for Qualitative Social Science: A modern approach to case study inference (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


EU447 Democracy, Ideology and the European State (0.5)


EU457 Culture and Security in Global Politics (0.5) *


EU475 Religion and Secularism, Diversity and Conflict in Europe: Identities, Religion, and Culture (0.5)


EU481 The Future: Political Responses to a Challenge (0.5)


EU4A2 Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (0.5)


EU4A4 The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution (0.5)


GI413 Gender, Race and Militarisation (0.5)


GV439 Government and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe (0.5)


GV441 States and Markets (0.5)


GV481 Quantitative Analysis for Political Science (0.5)


GV4A2 Citizens' Political Behaviour in Europe: Elections Public Opinion and Identities (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


GV4A8 Political Violence and Terrorism (0.5)


GV4B8 Civil Wars: Concepts and Cases (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


GV4B9 The Second Europe (0.5)


GV4C9 Globalization and Democratization in Southeast Asia (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


GV4D3 Local Power in an Era of Globalization, Democratization, and Decentralization (0.5)


GV4E1 Comparative Democratization in a Global Age (0.5)


GV4E2 Capitalism and Democracy (0.5)


GV4E3 Statebuilding and Self-Determination in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


GV4E8 Power Sharing and Institutional Design in Divided Societies (0.5)


GV4F2 Popular Politics in the Middle East (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


GV4F8 Institutions and Global Trade (0.5)


GV4F9 The Challenges of Governance in sub-Saharan Africa (0.5)


GV4G1 Applied Quantitative Methods for Public Policy and Political Science (0.5) #


GV4J4 Citizen Representation and Democracy in the European Union (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


GV4J8 Middle East Politics in Transnational Perspective (0.5)


GV4J9 Populism (0.5)


GV4K1 Opening Government: Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (0.5)


GV4K7 Conflict and Cooperation: Key Debates (0.5)


GV4L2 The Politics and Policy of Climate Change and Sustainability (0.5) #


GV4L5 Politics, Gender, and Development (0.5) #


GV4L7 Political Participation and Representation in Latin America (0.5)


GV4N1 Qualitative Analysis for Political Science (0.5)


HY411 European Integration in the Twentieth Century (1.0) # *  (not available 2023/24)


IR411 Foreign Policy Analysis III (1.0) # *


MY421A Qualitative Research Methods (0.5)


MY421W Qualitative Research Methods (0.5)


MY425 Case Studies and Comparative Methods for Qualitative Research (0.5)


MY426 Doing Ethnography (0.5) #


MY451A Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (0.5)


MY451W Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (0.5)


MY452A Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


MY452W Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


SP441 Politics of Social Policy: Welfare and Work in Comparative Perspective (0.5) *  (not available 2023/24)


Or another option to the value of 0.5 unit approved by the stream convenor.

Paper 4

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.

Note for prospective students:
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