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Department Launches Four New Masters Programmes for 2014

Posted on 20/12/2013

The Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London is pleased to announce that following a review of our ever evolving fields of study, we are launching four new MSc programmes. All of these are available to study from September 2014.

The dynamic interactions between political parties and voters underpin the foundations of modern democratic politics. Our new MSc in Elections, Public Opinion and Parties provides students with a thorough grounding in the empirical theories and methods used for exploring and explaining models of party competition, public opinion and voting behaviour.

The degree’s substantive component gives you insights into the reality of political representation and accountability, as well as how political leaders and the media shape and respond to public preferences. The methodological component provides you with valuable analytical and research skills that will prepare you for careers in government, political consultancy, NGOs and research organisations.

Our new MSc in International Public Policy is designed as a pathway to employment in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors for those concerned with policy issues that are transnational in nature. The course is designed to provide you with the analytical tools to think critically about pressing challenges in world politics, whilst simultaneously stressing practical, job-relevant skills. The course is composed of four substantive 'pillars': analytical skills, practical skills, policy studies and research. Courses are taught by established world-class academic staff at Royal Holloway as well as by visiting lecturers drawn directly from the public and private sectors.

We are living through an era of tumultuous change in how politics is conducted and communicated. The great digital disruption of the early 21st century continues to work its way through media systems around the world, forcing change, adaptation, and renewal across a whole range of areas: political parties and campaigns, interest groups, social movements, activist organisations, news and journalism, the communication industries, governments, and international relations. In the New Political Communication Unit (founded 2007 and co-directed by Professors Andrew Chadwick and Ben O'Loughlin) we believe the key to making sense of these chaotic developments is the idea of power—how it is generated, how it is used, and how it shapes the diverse information and communication flows that affect all our lives. 

This unique new Masters degree is for critically-minded, free-thinking individuals who want to engage with the exciting intellectual ferment that is being generated by these unprecedented times. The curriculum integrates rigorous study of the very best academic research with an emphasis on making sense of political communication as it is practiced in the real world, in both "old" and "new" media settings.

Our new MSc in Politics provides an advanced grounding in contemporary political science, focusing on empirical and normative democratic theory, political institutions, public policy and citizenship across different political systems and diverse social contexts.The MSc brings together many of the existing strengths of the department in different parts of the world.

The programme can be tailored to specific regional interests through option courses in West Europe and North America, East Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East. The degree will provide you with a firm academic foundation in the study of comparative politics and a base of knowledge for careers in fields such as policymaking, development, and NGOs.

For further information please contact the relevant Masters admissions coordinator. For the MSc International Public Policy this is Dr Michael Williams. For the MSc Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, the MSc Media, Power and Public Affairs and the MSc Politics this is Dr Michael Bacon


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