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Summary

Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. The MSc Comparative Politics looks for sophisticated analytical answers to basic political questions: Why are some countries democratic while others are not? Why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict? Do constitutions matter?

The programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. It offers courses in the fields of democracy and democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative political economy and political institutions, popular politics, and politics of the developing world as well as a wide range of country- and area-specific options. Regional foci include Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South-East Asia. You can choose a specialism allowing you to develop deeper expertise on any of these subject areas within comparative politics.

The programme is good preparation for further research work or for a career in media, political consultancy, international organisations, public administration or the private sector.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only.

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course.

Careers

Graduates from our MSc have gone on to successful careers in politics, media, NGOs, Foreign Service, finance and academia.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MSc Comparative Politics.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£23,520.00 (24,12,557) per year

From

27-Sep-21

Venue

London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

Houghton Street,

Westminster,

WC2A 2AE, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have a Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in any discipline with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (Reading 6.5, Listening 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 6.5); TOEFL 100 (Reading 23, Listening 22, Writing 24, Speaking 22).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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