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MA United States Politics

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The United States is the most politically and economically influential country in the world and understanding its politics is more important than ever. This course allows you to study United States politics at an advanced level in a department ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and with an extraordinary number of staff trained in the US. One of the few United States-focused courses in the UK, the course allows you gain in-depth knowledge of the workings of the US political system—what makes it unique, how it has evolved, and how it is changing. You receive a thorough training in the theories and methods needed to conduct your own research into United States politics – culminating in your dissertation on a topic that fascinates you and enhances your career. Your research skills will be in demand by a wide range of employers, including government, international organisations, policy analysis and market research. The course also prepares students for doctoral study.

In this course, you will study a wide range of topics. The core module covers topics relating to the political institutions and policy-making in the United States including:

  • The US Constitutional Design
  • American Political Parties
  • The American Electorate
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Economic and Political Inequality
  • Interest Groups
  • Representation, Race and Gender
  • Federalism and the Judiciary

In addition, the course includes modules covering theory and explanation in political science and advanced research methods. Optional modules include such topics as international relations, foreign policy and the politics of Western democracies.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    41st

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 85 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    106 48%

    65th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%

    19th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%

    13th

    13

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