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MA Welsh Politics and Society (Research Training)

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Aberystwyth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. The scheme will equip postgraduate students with a strong grounding in the historical, cultural, socio-economic and political context of contemporary Wales; critical engagement with key intellectual debates regarding Wales’ politics, society and history; knowledge of the constitutional arrangements and institutional structures which shape devolved government and policy-making in Wales, and an understanding of the broader UK and European context and trends in territorial politics, regional policy and governance.


Why study MA Welsh Politics and Society (Research Training) at Aberystwyth University?

Develop an advanced level understanding of the context to, and developments in, politics and society in Wales and a critical awareness of the broader context of contemporary Welsh politics

The research training pathway is designed to also emphasise social science/humanities research training, a great benefit for those either considering PhD study or envisaging a career in social science research

This scheme forms a key component of the work of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society (WISERD) at Aberystwyth University, enabling students to study in the context of a world-leading research centre on contemporary political, social and economic issues of relevance to Wales

Opportunity to participate in Centre for Welsh Politics and Society thematic groups and workshops

This course emphasises employability, with students having the option of completing a work-based learning module

Benefit from the expertise of three prestigious departments at Aberystwyth University as part of this interdisciplinary masters course (Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Department of History and Welsh History and Department of International Politics, the latter of which houses the scheme)

The Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University is the world’s first university department of International Politics and is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017), with 76% of its publications deemed either world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

How will I be assessed?

This scheme offers a range of assessment methods. Depending on the modules chosen, assessment may include essays, reports, research proposals, research critiques, presentations, policy recommendations and literature reviews. Work experience modules also entail journals/reflective diaries.

Successful submission of the MA dissertation at the end of the academic year leads to the award of an MA.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,700per year

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

University information

Aberystwyth University

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    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

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