Taught course

United States Politics

University of Essex · Department of Government

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall high 2:2.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept.

Months of entry


Course content

The United States is the most politically and economically influential country in the world and with its role in the understanding its politics is more important than ever. This course allows you to study United States politics at an advanced level in a department ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and with an extraordinary number of staff trained in the US.

One of the few United States-focused courses in the UK, the course allows you gain in-depth knowledge of the workings of the US political system—what makes it unique, how it has evolved, and how it is changing. You receive a thorough training in the theories and methods needed to conduct your own research into United States politics – culminating in your dissertation on a topic that fascinates you and enhances your career. Your research skills will be in demand by a wide range of employers, including government, international organisations, policy analysis and market research. The course also prepares students for doctoral study.

In this course, you will study a wide range of topics. The core module covers topics relating to the political institutions and policy-making in the United States including:

  • The US Constitutional Design
  • American Political Parties
  • The American Electorate
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Economic and Political Inequality
  • Interest Groups
  • Representation, Race and Gender
  • Federalism and the Judiciary

In addition, the course includes modules covering theory and explanation in political science and advanced research methods. Optional modules include such topics as international relations, foreign policy and the politics of Western democracies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Royce Carroll