Taught course

Politics (MA)

Lancaster University · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant background.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Gain a sophisticated and insightful understanding of politics by studying in a department which combines politics, philosophy and religion – the only one of its kind in the UK
  • Learn from world-class academics in British, Russian and Middle Eastern politics who are committed to excellent teaching
  • Be inspired by our tutors’ expertise in key areas such as global environmental politics, public policy and immigration policy
  • Boost your employment prospects and add practical experience to your CV with the option to do a placement or internship
  • Study a broad and flexible politics course taught by one of the UK’s top departments for research

Politics at Lancaster is a course for the curious. A course for people who watch the news with a critical eye and question everything. By joining us, you’ll discover how global events unfold and how nations react, which will give you a better understanding of the world. Benefit from our smaller class sizes and be inspired and supported by your lecturers and peers.

Home to leaders in innovative thinking

Discover the politics driving today’s most pressing issues, such as the cost-of-living crisis and climate emergency. You’ll choose politics modules that explore both domestic and global issues, giving you the opportunity to tailor the course to your interests.

Surrounded by a community of world-leading academics, you’ll discover the impact of their work as you learn about the latest insights in the field. and discover the impact of their work. Because the expertise within the department is so broad, you’ll also have the chance to explore specialised areas of politics like gender in Islam or ethics in Indian philosophy.

Timely and topical

Our expert tutors regularly review this course to offer topical modules. For example, we have recently started teaching Global Environmental Politics. We also teach a pertinent module on the Politics and Policy of Immigration.

To combine all your knowledge, you’ll complete a major dissertation on a subject of your choice. This project will make a great talking point for interviews with potential employers. By the time you graduate, you’ll not only have sought-after expertise but also possess a CV packed with a whole host of transferrable skills.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PPR Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 594262