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MSc Comparative Politics (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
9672 GBP
National
9672 GBP
EU
9672 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Government
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

This programme is based in the Department of Government. It is aimed at those holding a social science BA or equivalent, and is a good preparation for further research work or for a career in media, political consultancy, international organisations, public administration or the private sector.

Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. The programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches.

Students will take assessed courses with a total value of four units, with most courses accounting for a half unit. All students are required to take the core comparative politics course (half unit) and write a 10,000 word dissertation (one unit). Students can – but are not obliged to – choose a specialism allowing the acquisition of deeper expertise on a particular subject area within comparative politics. Specialisms require either:

  • an obligatory compulsory specialism course and another course from a restricted list of subjects related to the specialism, or
  • the choice of two courses from a restricted list of subjects related to the specialism

The topic of the dissertation should also broadly relate to the theme of the specialism chosen. Part-time students may take up to four courses in their first year.

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Eligibility Criteria

2:1 in any discipline with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

English Language Requirments:

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • Your first language is English, or
  • Your current or previous degree is taught/assessed entirely in English (we will need official confirmation of this if it is not stated on your transcript), or
  • You have passed a recognised Standardised English Language Test (SELT) at an appropriate level.

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Course Modules

(* half unit)

Introduction to Comparative Politics* examines the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of comparative politics.
Dissertation.

Specialisms

  • Democracy and Democratisation
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Popular Politics
  • Comparative Political Institutions

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two and a half units from a range of options.

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How to Apply

You must apply early, as competition for programmes at LSE is intense. Your application will not be considered until we have received all your supporting documents. Wherever possible you should submit all of your documents with your online application. You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision when applying for a taught programme, decisions for a research programme may take longer than this.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

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  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
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Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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