Welcome to MA Politics
Career and Personal Development
Lincoln’s MA Politics course is designed to equip students with a range of skills that are valued in a variety of employment sectors. Graduates from the School have gone on to careers in local and central government, parliament, the civil service, law, industry and commerce, as well as in a variety of other public and private sector organisations.
The University Careers and Employability team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Study and Field Trips
Students may have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, or Welsh Assembly. The School also runs optional field trips to key international organisations and national and international political institutions, including New York, Washington, D.C, Brussels, Ypres, and The Hague. Places are limited and students are encouraged to register their interest early in the academic year. Those who wish to take part are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.
Research Areas, Projects and Topics
Research within the School of Social and Political Sciences is diverse. Examples include research on violence against women and girls in the UK and India by Professor Sundari Aritha, work on citizenship education and youth political participation in Britain by Dr Ben Kisby, and work on parliamentary oversight of the intelligence and security agencies by Dr Andrew Defty.
During 2017, Professor Hugh Bochel was an Academic Fellow at the Scottish Parliament, looking at the extent of diversity among witnesses that appear before the Parliament’s committees. These projects involved working with MPs, MSPs, and officials on ways to enhance the work of these Legislatures.
Students can also engage with the Eleanor Glanville Institute, the University’s institute for equality. Research themes within the centre include inclusive environments, life course, embodiment, social construction, culture and creativity, and perceptions and prejudice.
How You Study
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Dr Ben Kisby - Programme Leader
Dr Ben Kisby is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Programme Leader for the MA Politics. Ben has particular research interests in British politics, public policy and citizenship education and teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
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