Taught course

Public Opinion and Political Behaviour

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Government
Qualifications
MAMSc

Entry requirements

High 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Politicians care about public opinion! Surveys provide political headlines and are increasingly used in political strategising and campaigning; but how do they work and what are their limitations?

Our MA/MSc Public Opinion and Polling introduces you to the latest theoretical debates about the nature, significance and measurement of public opinion. We provide you with the background knowledge and practical skills needed to undertake surveys of public opinion and give you the skills required by anyone seeking employment in the polling and market research industry.

Our Department of Government is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are the only political science department to have achieved the highest rating in all five UK Research Assessment Exercises (RAE), with 45 per cent of our research was ranked as 'world-leading' in the most recent RAE (December 2008).

Our staff distinguish themselves in various ways; by acting as media commentators, by writing textbooks used by students across the world and with involvement in practical training. In addition, our students have access to academic staff and a constant flow of distinguished visiting scholars from abroad. Our research interests are wide ranging but we host the British Election Study, a major Economic and Social Research Council-sponsored survey of attitudes and opinions of the British electorate, with other significant research projects studying foreign policy attitudes, corruption, and civil wars and peacekeeping.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872719