Global Politics MA

University of Exeter
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  • You’ll engage with contemporary transitions and uncertainties in the field of global politics
  • This unique programme is structured on a deep commitment to critical thinking applied to a range of global issues and contexts allowing you to understand and analyse complex global problems
  • You can tailor your programme to your interests with modules such as Global Sustainability Challenges, Feminist Politics and Politics of Security
  • We place an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and employability and is relevant for roles in business, government and the non-profit sector

Research Excellent Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 3* and 4*

11th for Politics in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020Top 100 worldwide for the subject in the QS World University Rankings 2020

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree in a related discipline (social sciences and some humanities subjects). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This programme allows you to engage with some of the greatest global challenges of our times. Throughout the programme you will receive a thorough education, from our internationally recognised scholars. Drawing on the particular interdisciplinary strengths of the University’s Penryn Politics team, this programme focusses on change and uncertainty in contemporary global systems and covers issues such as: international politics of migration; populism and challenges for democracy; rising powers; climate change; human security; environmental change and controversies; political power and violence; feminist politics; political communication, activism and strategy. You can also undertake a work-based project module in Strategic Political Communication.

You’ll benefit from accessible staff, and world-leading interdisciplinary research and teaching from a Top 100 Politics department (QS World University Rankings 2019). Our MA Global Politics is an intellectually challenging and career-oriented programme. It unites the world-class resources of the University of Exeter with particular strengths in critical interdisciplinary research and teaching at our stunning Penryn Campus.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.


Exeter Politics at Cornwall has a unique learning environment of smaller cohorts; close relationships between students and staff; responsibility to place-based teaching and problem-based learning in a context of global challenges; cutting-edge interdisciplinary work; and a focus on employability

Student activities in class may include discussion, presentations, group work and scenario work.


Assessments are varied and include essays, critical reviews, group work, presentations, consultancy reports, media projects, developing strategic plans and independent research essays. The broad range of individual and group assessments across the programme supports the development of important traditional skills:

  • Advanced written and verbal fluency
  • Logical thinking
  • Multi-media competency


The campus is modern and has state-of-the-art postgraduate teaching and learning facilities and study spaces set within a beautiful environment. You will be supported in your studies by a specialist postgraduate team on campus and you will have access to a wider community of lecturers and researchers through staff research seminars, guest lectures, and other events. All this is conducive to a real community of learning where students engage with lecturers and other postgraduate students in meaningful and transformative education.

Dr Catherine Owen

Head of Department of Politics

Duncan Russel is a Professor in Environmental Policy. His research and teaching interests include UK and European climate, climate and public policy, policy appraisal and coordination, evidence and policy interactions and budgetary politics.

Programme Director

Catherine’s main research areas include participatory governance under authoritarianism with a focus on Russia and China; Russian and Chinese activities in Central Asia and decolonial approaches to knowledge production.

Associate Professor

Andrew’s main area of research is contemporary political theory, with specific interests in the work of Hannah Arendt, Jacques Rancière and theories of radical democracy. His research draws on debates in democratic theory about agonism to examine issues surrounding reconciliation, human rights and popular sovereignty.

He is an editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory. With Alex Thomson and Benjamin Arditi, he also co-edits the Taking on the Political monograph series for Edinburgh University Press.


Our MA Global Politics will be of particular interest to students looking for careers, further postgraduate training or serious volunteer commitment in areas such as: political research; communication or activism at any level; governance and policy making; international aid/development; international diplomacy or conflict resolution; or security studies.

The focus of the programme – on analysing political, social, geographic, and ecological change and uncertainty in complex, multi-faceted global environments – is particularly relevant to business, government, and non-profit sector employment, leaving our students prepared to tackle a wide range of contemporary challenges.

Employment and professional development

Our excellent Employability and Graduate Development Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.

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