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MSc in Political Science (Political Science and Political Economy)

Programme Code: TMPSPSPE

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)

Introductory course 1

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


GV4L8 Introductory Maths for Political Science (0.0) and GV4L9 Introductory Stata 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

GV482 Political Science and Political Economy: Current Issues (0.5) # and GV4C8 Game Theory for Political Science (0.5)

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.5 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) #


DV494 Foundations of Applied Econometrics for Economic Development Policy (0.5)


EC453 Political Economy (1.0) #


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 2023/24)


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 2023/24)


EU4A4 The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution (0.5)


GV441 States and Markets (0.5)


GV454 Parties, Elections and Governments (0.5)


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


GV4E2 Capitalism and Democracy (0.5)


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


GV4F8 Institutions and Global Trade (0.5)


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


GV4H6 Behavioural Political Economy (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


GV4J6 Game Theory for Research (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


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


GV4L1 Analytical Approaches to British Politics (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


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


GV4L3 Data Science Applications in Politics Research (0.5) #


GV4L5 Politics, Gender, and Development (0.5) #


GV4L6 Political Economy of Inequality (0.5)


GV4L7 Political Participation and Representation in Latin America (0.5)


IR467 Political Economy of Climate Change (0.5) *


IR468 The Political Economy of Trade (0.5) *


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


MY452A Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


MY452W Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


MY455 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (0.5) #


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


MY459 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)


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:
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.