Taught course

Elections, Public Opinion and Parties

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

First degree: A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent. Alternative entry requirements: Mature students with substantial work experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The dynamic interactions between political parties and voters underpin the foundations of modern democratic politics. Our new MSc in Elections, Public Opinion and Parties provides students with a thorough grounding in the empirical theories and methods used for exploring and explaining models of party competition, public opinion and election voting behaviour.

The degree’s substantive component gives you insights into the reality of political representation and accountability, as well as how political leaders and the media shape and respond to public preferences. The methodological component provides you with valuable analytical and research skills that will prepare you for careers in government, political consultancy, NGOs and research organisations.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants Please visit royalholloway.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,200 (2014 entry)
International students
£13,600 (2014 entry)

Please visit our fees and funding page

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
20 months

Course contact details

Dr Michael Bacon