All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course . An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevantcourse guide, which in 2020 took into account the provision of both online and on campus forms of teaching, learning and assessment.

We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities. Be part of a thriving postgraduate community in a university known internationally for outstanding research and teaching. The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application. Graduates of the programme are equipped with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for entry into the world of government policy, non-governmental organisations, or the private sector.

  • Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for afee reductionof around 10 per cent of the fee.
  • Students enjoy regular meetings with a supervisor and supervisory team, and are also given opportunities to collaborate with other members of staff through the staff research seminar and the activities of the four research centres.
  • We encourage potential research students to refer to our postgraduate research handbook for detailed information.
  • Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home.

Chat to our staff and students Find out what it’s like to live and study at Essex from those who are already here. For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Politics and International Relations programme. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

We also offer a Comparative Politics PhD at our postgraduate centre in Brussels. We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.


If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you. A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules – increasing as you progress through the course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking. We also work with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments. Comparative Politics, Policy and Governance is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Politics and International Relations research programmes .

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Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account. This MSc focuses on the design, creation, and operation of democratic institutions. Students gain understanding of when a given set of institutes are appropriate for a society and what will make them function, and how scholars have thought about these matters, applying theory to examples of institution-building and design. Webinars, videos, student blogs and student video diaries will help you gain an insight into what it’s like to study at LSE for those that aren’t able to make it to our campus.Experience LSE from home. LSE Students’ Union – they offer academic, personal and financial advice and funding.

A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events. An impressive 96% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence. We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

Certain substantive changes will be listed on theupdated graduate course and programme information page. Students have access to an excellent library and extensive computing facilities. In addition, postgraduate research students have their own designated room with 12 computer terminals. This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised. Language Centre– the Centre specialises in offering language courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the social sciences.