An MA by Research in Politics at Swansea enables you to undertake a substantial project led by your own passions and interests.
It represents a highly respected qualification which can present a pathway to a career in academia, or widen your scope for employment in fields such as education, government or the private sector.
Your project will take one year full-time or two years part-time. It is suitable if you want to undertake a first research degree as an isolated culmination of taught studies, or if you are considering further research.
You will submit a thesis of up to 40,000 words, demonstrating original research with a substantial contribution to the subject. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (a viva voce examination, or viva).
Our dynamic research environment is driven by committed staff who are all active researchers with a diverse range of interests and expertise through our Research Groups:
- Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO)
- International Studies, Conflict and Security (ISCAS)
- Political Analysis and Government (PAG)
Specific subjects of political expertise include, but are not limited to:
• Governance and international development, including aid policy and practice
• Human rights and international development
• US Foreign Policy
• European political thought
• Democratic theory
• Comparative elections
• Public sector reform
• Comparative liberal politics
• European integration and European Union politics and policy
As a research student, you are required to attend skills and training courses. You deliver presentations to research students and staff at departmental seminars, and at the College of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate conference.