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MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics

The design, creation, and operation of democratic institutions in new and old democracies

MSc Democracy and Democratisation

This programme at a glance

Programme title
MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics
Focuses on the design, creation, and operation of democratic institutions in new and old democracies.
12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)

Please see fees tab.

Application deadline

July 31 2015

Programme Director

Dr Sherrill Stroschein (Sabbatical leave in term 1)

Dr James Dawson (Acting Director in term 1)

Programme introduction

The focus of this programme is on the design, creation, and operation of democratic institutions in new and old democracies. When are a given set of institutions appropriate for a particular society, and what will make them function properly?

By the end of the programme, students will be equipped with both theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an entry into the world of government policy, non-governmental organisations, or the private sector. The relationship of public participation to governance institutions allows for a broad understanding of how governance institutions might be adapted to different contexts.

In the programme, students gain an understanding of how scholars have thought about these matters, applying the theories to examples of institution-building and design in practice.

Examples of some themes of focus include:

  • state structure, constitutional design, bureaucratic functions and a civil service, and strategies to counter corruption
  • electoral systems and government structure, including the implications of reform in these areas
  • federalism, devolution, and local government powers in relation to the centre
  • political parties, public participation, and new forms of participation
  • functions of parliaments, including issues of representation, representativeness, and their links to political parties
  • judicial oversight and its relation to other institutions
  • means by which different governance institutions might manage the task of governance in divided societies

Students on the programme get to know each other and their lecturers well, in a setting of 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 in advance of entering the job market. Attention is consistently given to opportunities for employment following the programme. Regular gatherings of students and programme alumni facilitate an active exchange of information regarding careers and opportunities, and a Facebook networking group sustains these relationships.

Further information on the programme is available by contacting Dr. Sherrill Stroschein (

The programme is made up of the following elements, to total 180 credits:

1.  You are required to take the following five compulsory modules:
2. Choose at least one of the following modules (the others remain options to choose in step 3):
3. Choose any two further modules worth 30 credits in total (the following is a list of all courses available within the department):

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MSc Democracy from Department of Political Science on Vimeo.

Dr Sherrill Stroschein gives an overview of the MSc Democracy and discusses the likely career paths for students and real-world examples of the topics raised in the programme.

UK/EU students (Full-time) Overseas students (Full-time) UK/EU students (Part-time) Overseas students (Part-time)
MSc in Public Policy £10,765 £17,250 £5,560 £8,755
MSc in European Public Policy £9,835 £17,250 £4,890 £8,755
MSc in International Public Policy £10,765 £17,250 £5,560 £8,755
MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics
£9,835 £17,250 £4,890 £8,755
MA in Human Rights £10,765 £17,250 £5,560 £8,755
MA in Legal and Political Theory £9,835 £17,250 £4,890 £8,755
MSc Global Ethics and Governance £9,835 £17,250 £4,890 £8,755
MSc in Security Studies £10,765 £17,250 £5,560 £8,755
MPA in Public Administration and Management

Please note: Part-time fees are per year.

For the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management fees, please visit the EMPA page.

MSc International Public Policy

Entry to all of our programmes is competitive so please apply early to increase your chances of success. This is particularly the case on our larger Masters programmes in Public Policy, International Public Policy, Security Studies and Human Rights and candidates applying for these programmes are strongly advised to submit applications as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Applications for Masters 2015/16

We will be accepting new applications for entry in 2015/16 from October 2014.

Closing date: 31 July 2015

For further details and to apply online:

Applications for the Executive MPA

Applications for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management are managed by NYU Wagner. The deadline is May 1st 2015. For more information on the programme and entry requirements, please click here.

Applications for the Doctoral programme

Closing Date: 30 June 2015

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