Taught course

Politics - Migration and Minorities Studies

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

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, 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: politics@canterbury.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

The new Politics MSc provision offered at Canterbury Christ Church University is established upon a firm foundation of research-led teaching, innovative and blended learning methods, expertise-driven insights, as well as a clear commitment to guiding and supporting student development at the postgraduate level. The Politics programmes provide students with the opportunity to gain both comprehensive conceptual knowledge on the prime structures, policies, ideologies and interconnections comprising the structure of contemporary Politics, and an indispensable practical understanding of legal, political, economic and socio-cultural actors comprising the national, regional and international community.

The MSc in Politics is currently offered with a specialism in Migration and Minorities Studies, allowing students to gain an especially strong understanding of the international structures, national groupings, community bases and their respective identity and security networks that prompt migratory flows and give rise to minority groupings and issue-areas.

Through a combination of core and specialist modules, students taking the MSc in Politics are provided with modules that help them analyse systematically the multifaceted character of the origins, evolution and conflictual development of the contemporary political system. Students critically interrogate both recent research and scholarly developments in the areas of political philosophy, political theory and political science, along with the inter-disciplinary insights provided by cognate disciplines. They also methodically apply a series of analytical concepts, theories and research in order to assess the challenges inherent in differing modes of governance, and the politicization of those same modes. Finally, students on the MSc in Politics demonstrate an appropriately detailed and comparative understanding of the interaction between people, ideas, structures of power and institutions and the policy process, allowing them to explore the relative merits and shortcomings of various explanations regarding the changes in political ideologies and systems of governance across culture, space and time.

Politics modules (as well as the Migration and Minorities specialism) are comprised of formal lectures on key themes of political structures, overarching ideologies, economic interconnections, and related socio-cultural dynamics, and interactive seminars that explore political actors, structures, and ensuing policies, making use of a robust range of teaching and learning styles to interrogate this complex and fast-changing subject area. Additional forms of interaction, including simulation games which reflect the practical workings of key political actors, as well as group work analysing key political texts, the writing of briefing notes on current areas of migration and minorities, and blogs on contemporary challenges to the structure, composition and perceptions of modern politics all assist students completing the MSc in Politics in acquiring an advanced knowledge of their chosen area via the most contemporary pedagogic styles.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr David Bates
01227 782900