Postgraduate Taught Programmes

The Department of Politics was created in 2004, bringing together and reinforcing the various elements of politics teaching and research which have existed at Surrey since the 1970s. Our academics are all research-active, and the teaching you will receive on our MA degrees reflects those interests, helping to make your work all the more engaged and relevant to current issues and debates. 

The Department has a very active student body, which organises many academic and social events outside the formal programme. With students coming from all over the world, this is an excellent opportunity to meet and challenge each other’s ideas and perceptions.

Our Programmes

Dual MSc with North Carolina State University

This programme offers a unique opportunity for high-achieving students to study for a first year on one of our MSc programmes at Surrey, then for a further year to obtain the Master of International Studies (MIS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU).

This programme allows students to specialise in two distinct subfields of politics and international relations whilst gaining experience of different cultural and educational environments. It provides, therefore, an opportunity for students to maximise their potential and exposure to American academic life and scholarship. It also builds on the extensive expertise in politics available at our institution.

Students will be able to apply for the Dual MSc programme once they have successfully completed one semester at the University of Surrey. Once the student has been deemed to have satisfied all the requirements, the application will be forwarded to NCSU for consideration. The MSc at Surrey counts as the equivalent of the first year of the two-year MIS at NCSU. Therefore it is possible to complete the two postgraduate degrees in two years. In addition to the formal academic programme, NCSU offers acculturation workshops for incoming students from overseas.

Tuition fees will be payable at the prevailing rate for each year of the programme and will be invoiced by the University of Surrey.

Student Profiles

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Staff Perspective

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