The programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. Regional foci include Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South-East Asia. You can choose a specialism allowing you to develop deeper expertise on any of these subject areas within comparative politics. This book seems better suited for an intro to political science course than a junior level course on comparative politics. While Patrick H. O’Neill and Ronald Rogowski’s Essential Readings in Comparative Politics, (WW.Norton, 2004) has its own shortcomings, it provides a starting idea of how such a textbook could/should be.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’sCalendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’sDisability and Wellbeing Serviceprovides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students. In addition to the core course and the dissertation, you will take courses to the value of two and a half units. If you choose not to specialise, you will take courses from any of the specialisms, or from an approved list.

St Philips Medical Centre– based in Pethwick-Lawrence House, the Centre provides NHS Primary Care services to registered patients. Class teachers and seminar leaders– they will be able to assist with queries relating to specific courses. For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page. 1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page.

Within your programme you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect contact hours in total. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry Requirements

A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose. Sorry, the entry requirements for the country that you have selected are not available here. 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.

Your dissertation gives you an opportunity for independent learning on a topic of your choice, with one-to-one supervision from a member of staff. You write a dissertation of up to 10,000 words, which is due at the end of the summer. In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

  • In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas.
  • These provide a means for students to expand their knowledge and to extend their professional networks in advance of entering the job market.
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As a result, we are now part of the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, making us one of the key training outlets in our subject in the UK. Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by countryand other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision. We offer a number of postgraduate taught dual awards with our international partners.


Students are encouraged to participate in the annual postgraduate research conference, during which various staff members discuss the work of research students, and outside speakers offer plenary lectures. Research students will also be able to benefit from the skills training offered by the University’s Graduate and Researcher College. At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community.

Living in London, with all that it has to offer, was just as, if not more, important. It opened doors and new opportunities that I would never have had elsewhere. I would encourage students to take advantage of the fact that you are in London. Most organisations, NGOs, think-tanks and so on have some sort of office or representation there.