Political Science

Political science is the study of government and power relationships. Political scientists make extensive use of a comparative methodology, collect different cases of similar political institutions to discern broader patterns. To do this, they make use of various methodologies, including survey research, experimentation, modelling and statistical analysis. Although Political Science, like the other Social Sciences, only truly developed into a distinct academic discipline in the 19th century, it continues an ancient tradition of political philosophy, that focuses more upon normative questions (“what ought to be”) rather than positive ones (“what is”). A Masters (normally an MA) in Political Science or Politics is particularly relevant to work in the political realm – whether this involves employment with a political party, as a lobbyist, in public administration, or through standing for public office. If you are more interested in the relationships between national and international agencies, you might consider an MA in International Relations.

Political Science