At Surrey, the social side is as good as the academic side. The Students’ Union is one of the largest in terms of the number of societies that it runs and the active participation of its students. There’s a big sense of community. People like to get involved.
The international political landscape has undergone remarkable changes in the past 50 years. Politics continues to affect life in every area of society, and it is only through study that we can begin to make sense of the global political landscape and create real change.
Our Department of Politics is home to a lively community of energetic minds who closely examine how power operates and how it affects people’s lives. This new and innovative course is unique in the UK, and focuses on the active role that citizens can play in shaping politics at local, national, and international levels.
Our unique integrated masters programme will give you in-depth knowledge of political science, public policy and international affairs. A distinctive feature of the course is its applied nature, and its emphasis on political and social change.
Over the four or five years of the course (depending on whether you choose to take a Professional Training placement) you’ll be introduced to a variety of social and political issues, and be able to tailor your degree with specialist modules that match your interests. In your final year, you’ll follow masters level modules and complete a dissertation project.
Your masters-level modules will cover topics such as international politics and public affairs, negotiating and lobbying, political communication, campaigning and global governance, and international public administration.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme.
Modules listed below are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Students on the five-year pathway will complete a one year work placement or a 50/50 work and study placement.
We’re very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.
You’ll have the option to take a Professional Training placement on this course after your second year. You can either take a politics and economics-related work placement, or study politics and economics overseas, or do a combination of the two.
Your placement will allow you to apply and develop your understanding, as well as discover new approaches and elements.
Additionally, we also equip you with the skills you need to find a placement. The aim of our Professional Training placement programme is to provide you with a chance to experience first-hand how politics operates in the real world, at a voluntary sector organisation, a government or local authority department, an MP or MEP’s office, or an international organisation.
Current and previous placement partners for our existing BSc courses include:
Over the last few years, graduates of our existing BSc Politics and BSc International Politics courses have secured roles in:
After you graduate from this course, you can expect to enter inter-governmental roles across the globe, due to the international appeal of the MPA.
This course is also designed to stimulate your interest in research, so you might find yourself considering taking on a PhD after your MPA in your areas of interest to become an academic scholar in your own right.
The Department of Politics sponsors a regular research seminar series, which meets every two weeks during term-time and brings together academic staff and postgraduate and undergraduate students from the University.
The purpose of the research seminars is to provide a forum for the presentation of cutting-edge research papers and to increase awareness among our students about developments in diverse themes of research in the field today.
We regularly invite high-profile UK and international scholars to present their work, and we encourage discussions with the audience. All members of the University and wider public community are welcome to participate.
Our commitment to research-led teaching has encouraged our staff to innovate and become leaders in developing new teaching methods. This approach has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships.
We actively use social media as a tool for teaching and learning, and strive to apply effective teaching methods through interactive learning, direct observation and simulation games.
Your modules will be taught by academics who have conducted research in the area. They will share their expertise and integrate their research into their teaching, and you will benefit from inclusion in and engagement with research projects that our academic staff are currently undertaking.
Our research-led teaching is further supported by the expertise of our two centres of research excellence in politics, the Centre for International Intervention (cii) and the Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM). The Centre for International Intervention critically analyses and scrutinises the range of interventions used in international relations today, whilst CRonEM researches how governance, institutions and processes shape the European politics scape.
All of this will provide you will ample opportunity to engage in the research process, through completing your own research-driven assignments and by taking the opportunity to be involved in the Department of Politics’ own research. This will not only ignite your passion for research, but will also enhance your understanding of issues of validity, rigour and systematic analysis. You will also receive in-depth training in research methods.
You’ll be assessed through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
|Qualification||Course Length||Professional Training||UCAS code||KIS code|
|MPA||4 years||L430||View KIS data set|
|MPA||5 years||L431||View KIS data set|
* Subject to validation
This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.