Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,190 (FT) £5,195 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
As a minimum, a strong upper second-class (65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.45; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students are equipped with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of democratic institutions and politics. They develop an understanding of the potential benefits and pitfalls of different institutional designs, reforms, and administrative practices, and are able to analyse problems raised by new and reforming democracies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Core Compulsory Modules
- Democracy and Constitutional Design (30)
- Democratic Political Institutions (15)
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
- Choose one of the following:
- The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
- Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy Making (15)
- Governing Divided Societies (15)
- Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:
- The following are suggestions:
- Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account (15)
- Equality, Justice, and Difference (15)
- Making Policy Work (15)
- The European Union: Globalisation and the State (15)
- Agenda Setting and Public Policy (15)
- British Government and Politics (15)
- International Political Economy (15)
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)
- Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
- Global Public Policy (15)
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is through unseen examinations, long essays, coursework, and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- UK, EU, Overseas students
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Alumni of this programme work in a variety of fields. Many take on roles within their home governments, and a substantial number find jobs with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), working in their home countries or abroad. Some work for a research institutes or provide research for business, and a small number have also gone on to PhD study.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- The Labour Party: Secretary
- Head Office Agency: Campaign Co-ordinator
- Civil Service: Civil Servant
- National Centre for Social Research: Research Assistant
- National Autistic Society: Policy and Parliamentary Officer
- Liberal Democrats: Research Assistant
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of democracy and comparative politics.
Students on the programme benefit from greater interaction with fellow students and academic staff due to small class sizes.
London features a wealth of seminars, conferences, and other events on democratic topics. These provide a means for students to expand their knowledge and to extend their professional networks prior to entering the job market.
Student / staff ratios › 32 staff › 525 taught students › 40 research students
Department: Political Science
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at current and future policymakers, analysts and researchers from both the public and private sector. Applicants should have a background in a relevant area, for example: economics, European issues, international relations, law, philosophy, politics, political science or sociology.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Democracy and Comparative Politics at graduate level
- why you want to study Democracy and Comparative Politics at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree