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MAPostcolonial Politics (Research Training)

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Tuition fee £15,000.00 per year
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Postcolonial Politics is one of the most exciting areas in the study of global relationships. It challenges conventional thinking about international politics by questioning the fundamental assumptions about the world that underpin the contemporary global order. Indeed, it invites us to imagine the world from another perspective entirely. Drawing on the disciplines of history, cultural studies, sociology, area studies and anthropology, postcolonial politics brings an interdisciplinary approach to understanding power and inequality in the social world and on a global scale. It also stretches beyond the intellectual compartments of ‘the west’ and ‘the rest’, to look for continuities and global interactions especially those steeped in the experience of colonialism – in the past and in the present. It starts from the assumption that although formal colonialism may be a thing of the past, its legacies continue, both in the form of practices such as aid, development, state-building, immigration policies and intervention and in more subtle ways.

Aberystwyth is at the forefront of research and teaching in the field, with a number of internationally renowned faculty in this area. Our degree scheme, the first Masters programme in Postcolonial Politics established here in 1999 and developed continuously since, remains unique. Indeed, it is now increasingly relevant in the context of current moves in international relations to examine the potential of non-Western and decolonial approaches and the possibilities of provincialising Europe. These perspectives are no longer marginal to the study of world politics, but situated at the heart of cutting-edge critical approaches. They provide key tools for those who wish to go on to make their contribution in both academic study and practical engagement in international politics in a postcolonial world.

Career opportunities

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the assumptions, theories and practices that have defined traditional studies of relations between developed and underdeveloped states, and the alternative conceptualisation provided by a postcolonial perspective on international relations. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. On the research training pathway you also develop advanced skills in quantitative and qualitative research skills and data analysis. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Graduates from the programme regularly go on to hold key posts in institutions throughout the world for example, working for NGOs in development and other areas, or careers as diplomats in foreign offices. Many others have gone on to doctoral study and academic work. Many alumni are now well established figures in their own right, as their own web sites testify. See for example: Megan Daigle, recently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Carl Death, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, The University of Manchester; Madeleine Fagan, Institute of Advanced Studies Global Research Fellow at Warwick University, UK; Owain Llyr ap Gareth, Campaigns and Research Officer with the Electoral Reform Society; Sara Ababneh, Assistant Professor, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan; Aoileann Ni Mhurchu, Lecturer in International Politics, The University of Manchester; Elizabeth Wheatley, Lecturer in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States