MSc Politics (with Migration and Minorities Studies Specialism)

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2015 and 2016 have witnessed enormous changes in international, regional and national politics. In terms of migration policy, these past two years have also seen some of the starkest challenges in terms of approaching key communities as they move within, and frequently beyond the boundaries of both maps and political groupings. The question is therefore how best to understand the broad area of politics as a whole, and the specific trends of migration and minority groupings?

Our MSc in Politics will introduce you to the fundamental principles of political interaction in both global and local spheres, and will refine your knowledge with specialist themes covering migration, asylum, and identity.

You will learn in a systematic and engaging way about the origins, evolution and multifaceted character of key political systems, before turning to the Migration and Minorities specialism, which provides dedicated insights on the creation and categorization of power, influence and governance within key structures. A fascinating and relevant degree, supported in 2017 by a competitively-awarded Jean Monnet Studentship (£2000), as well as the possibility of in-house internships. Canterbury Christ Church University graduates in Politics are well-placed to pursue wide-ranging careers in local, national and international relations, enhanced with an expertise in one of the most pressing issues of today: migration and minorities.

The new MSc in Politics offered at Canterbury Christ Church University is established upon a firm foundation of research­led teaching, using innovative and blended learning methods, expertise driven insights, and a clear commitment to guiding and supporting all facets of graduate student development.

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Our Politics our will provide you with the opportunity to gain comprehensive conceptual knowledge of the prime structures and interconnections that make up local, national and international politics, as well as an indispensable practical understanding of institutional, legal, political, economic and socio­cultural actors of European and non-European communities.

Offered both full and part-time, Canterbury Christ Church University’s innovative MSc in Politics will help you tackle the ‘big issues’ in contemporary politics with confidence and curiosity, equipping you for career paths in national, European and international arenas thanks to innovative modules and a ‘calling card’ thesis. 

Through a combination of core and specialist modules, the MSc in Politics will enable you to analyse the multifaceted origins, evolution and development of contemporary political systems, within and beyond Europe. You will explore the application of a range of foundational theories and contemporary concepts that make up the canon of Politics. With the fundaments firmly in place, you will then interrogate the relative merits and shortcomings of political, economic and socio-cultural philosophies, structures of power, and systems of governance in order to better understand the challenges of managing dynamics like migration and balancing majority and minority demands within local and global political systems.

Modules on Politics (including a concentration on the Migration and Minorities specialism) examine the development and operation of political institutions, actors, law, public and foreign policies, the role of sovereign states, and the relations between key communities within, across, and beyond borders.

Formal lectures and interactive seminars help to explore local, regional and global actors, as well analyzing the place of key communities in terms of their political, legal, economic and cultural identities.

Based on nationally and internationally-recognized teaching styles, graduate classes in Politics are guaranteed to be engaging and interactive, ranging from simulation games that reflect the actual workings of a given political institution via negotiation-based group work, to detailed analysis of key treaties or policies. In addition, you will be encouraged to produce work in the form of briefing notes, blogs, and pieces of advocacy, both individually and within groups, in a way that helps you focus on the contemporary challenges that for example Europe, or the US faces within regional and international arenas. This ensures that you complete the MSc in Politics with an advanced knowledge of your chosen area, thanks to the most contemporary of pedagogic styles.


All students follow 5 core modules, which provide a comprehensive foundation for the pathway as a whole. The modules are taught to all graduate students within the Politics/IR programme, introducing them to basic concepts, working approaches, research methodologies and current political dilemmas that help link the scholarly subject matter of International Relations, Politics and European Politics to real-world   issues.

  • Research Methods 1, and Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (Autumn term)
  • Research Methods 2, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (Spring term)
  • The MSc Dissertation in European Politics and Diplomacy (Spring and Summer terms)

All five of these graduate modules have been carefully and methodically laid out in a clear and comprehensive fashion, preparing you in the most thorough and engaging way possible to manage your accompanying specialism modules, and subsequently undertake the graduate dissertation that completes the totality of the degree pathway. Designed in a comprehensively interdisciplinary manner with colleagues from across the School of Politics, Psychology and Sociology, the two Research Methods modules are specially designed to introduce graduate students to both the fundaments of graduate study, and the research requirements appropriate for European Politics, as well as International Relations and Politics.

The working practices and methods laid out in the two Research Methods modules will provide you with the historical and theoretical foundations of social and political science, and then move on to examine the full range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, analytical, methodological and writing skills. The objectives of these foundational courses are reinforced in the two associated core modules: Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations, in which you will gain a genuinely multi-dimensional perspective on the classical theories and contemporary analysis that comprises the world of Politics, and the particular challenges of your Migration and Minorities specialism.

Attention is paid to developing transferrable skills in all five of these core modules, generating a variety of viable research skills and techniques, a range of written outputs, and increasing confidence in giving oral presentations. From this foundation of 80 credits, you then take another 40 credits of taught modules, deepening your specialism area, and further preparing you for your selected dissertation topic in the area of Politics. The dissertation is the culmination of the postgraduate learning experience in the MSc Politics, drawing upon the wide range of intellectual and skills developed throughout the degree pathway, and providing an extended opportunity for you to undertake independent work, display individual thought, and take responsibility for the management of your own learning.

MSc in Politics (Migration and Minorities Specialism)

Research Methods 1 and 2 (40 Credits)
Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (20 Credits)
Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (20 Credits)
The Politics of Migration 
(20 Credits)
Nationalism, Ethnicity and Minority Politics  
(20 Credits)
Dissertation: Assessing Politics, Migration and/or Minorities (60 Credits)

An MSc in Politics will provide you with an exceptionally wide knowledge base of a complex area.

With core and specialist modules, and a calling-card dissertation, you will graduate in command of both the organising principles and nuanced specifics of contemporary politics, in their various local, regional, national and international spheres.

As a result of enormous political, economic and social upheavals across and beyond Europe, the role of politics and the ability of political actors to contend with migratory shifts and the challenges of majority and minority communities remains vital. The decisions made on these issues within states and institutions are thus going to be of very real importance in the years that follow.

There is, and will remain, a genuine requirement for graduate students with a clear grasp of the moving parts, key actors, incentives and interests of political actors, and the quality of their migration policies.

Graduates in Politics, with an understanding of Migration, and Minority groups will therefore emerge with the advantage of a relevant and marketable degree at a time when local and global politics, and its moving parts, are undergoing a wholesale reconstruction.

Our students will be able to thoroughly and expertly use a wide range of national and international sources and forms of information to critically assess the challenges and opportunities facing states and institutions, their various distributions of power and influence, and ensuing forms of authority and governance within national, regional and international modes. Students will also be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the numerous forms of migration and asylum policy, as well as the modes of understanding the construction and categorization of given communities.

Throughout the year, you will be provided with curriculum based expertise informed by the Politics research activities and diplomacy specialisms of the Politics/IR staff. This ensures an added depth to both the intellectual inquiry and practical, policy-driven debates amongst our students, both within and beyond the classroom, which they can subsequently convert into concise thinking and genuine expertise in future roles. Students also emerge with the tools to operate in a culturally and socially sensitive working environment. Further transversal graduate skills include comparative, analytical, research and writing abilities facilitated by the curriculum requirements, as well as numerous opportunities to fine-tune skills in oral presentation, group work and sustained individual research.

The MSc in Politics programme utilises a wide range of cutting-edge teaching and learning methods, including:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Workshops
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Seminars
  • Simulation games
  • Problem based learning group work

Tutorials with supervisors, where graduate students will study in an informative, engaging, stimulating and participative environment.

The MSc in Politics assists our students in developing a range of communication skills, helping them to tackle the disciplinary content of their pathway, develop their confidence regarding the advanced management of a wide range of information (i.e. comprehension, analysis, description, critical thinking) and improve their overall range of understanding and knowledge.

Modules themselves, both core and specialism, comprise formal presentations by core and guest lecturers, with a wide range of interactive Q&A, individual presentations, group-work, simulation games and workshop methods designed to allow students to get the very most out of each weekly session. In-course contact hours are supplemented by a substantial degree of module-based support on the Blackboard VLE used by Canterbury Christ Church University. This allows our students to engage in blended learning beyond the classroom, whilst still receiving constant support and direction by their module convenors.

Weekly office hours are provided by all course moderators and assistants, while individuated support from module convenors, thesis supervisors and university support staff ensures that students receive support, as required, at all phases of their graduate development.

Graduate modules are generally 4 hours in duration per week, with three modules offered each term (e.g. Research Methods 1, Critical Issues, and The Politics of Migration in Term 1), which ensures a manageable balance in terms of working hours, and a reliable method of acclimatizing students to the rigors of preparing a complete thesis during the Spring and Summer Terms.

Taught modules (both core and specialist) are offered during Autumn and Spring terms, for a duration of 12 weeks, comprising an average of 50 teaching hours, and 200 hours of independent. student learning (e.g. 4 hours of independent preparation for each hour in the classroom).

Students can also expect to have assessment returned, with thorough, relevant and personalized feedback within a maximum of 3 weeks of submission, via the Blackboard VLE. Subsequent discussions are then encouraged in order to ensure a positive trajectory in terms of student performance, within and across the core and specialist modules.

Core and specialist lectures and seminars are delivered by Politics/International Relations staff; guest lecturers are drawn in from other departments and faculties across the university; doctoral students are occasionally invited to share their perspective on their research. The vast majority of teaching on all three of our graduate pathways is provided by our fully-accredited and full-time Politics/IR staff, not by graduate students. 

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including essays, briefing notes, book reviews, portfolios, individual and group oral presentations, action research, political role play, simulations, standard examinations, as well as a sustained piece of academic work in the form of a thesis, all of which take account of two key inter­dependent aspects:

The acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding in the area of Politics; and

The development of academic style and practical skills in the area of Politics and the Migration and Minorities Specialism.

Accordingly, assessment procedures are designed to test the acquisition and needs of graduate students in terms of their newly attainment and management of broad areas of knowledge and understanding in their chosen subject area, as well as the various transferrable skills by which that knowledge is acquired.


Our standard offer for accepting students onto the MSc in Politics is a 2:1, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology, and English will also be considered, providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough. This is in addition to two letters of recommendation, and a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV.

The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly: ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk.


2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £5,050 £11,500**
Part-time £2,525 (90 credits) / £1,685 (60 credits) n/a

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. 

Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria. 

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year).

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


The suite of validated postgraduate awards available within Politics/IR are as follows:

  • MSc in European Politics with Diplomacy Specialism.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Politics (120 credits).
  • MSc in International Relations with Security Studies Specialism.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (120 credits).
  • MSc in Politics with Migration and Minorities Studies Specialism.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Politics (120 credits).
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Politics and International Relations (60 credits).

Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Our standard offer for accepting students onto the MSc in Politics is a 2:1, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences, including previous study in the area of international relations, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology will also be considered providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly: ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk.



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