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The Sheffield MA is completely flexible. There are no compulsory modules and you choose your own route to an MA in Politics.

There’s a long list of modules to choose from, representing all of our biggest academic strengths. The free structure means you can cover a lot of ground and graduate with an unusually wide range of knowledge.

And you can study a whole range of subjects within politics, or build your own specialist curriculum.

The course is every bit as rigorous as our other MAs. It’s ideal for ambitious students who want to keep their options open for the time being.

For your dissertation, you’ll research and develop a hypothesis of your own. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Programme structure

Optional modules

Choose two from a range including:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (except the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA successfully you must earn a total of 180 credits. Most core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States