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MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development

In a world of transborder digital connections, with escalating social activism, fake news, cybercrime and artificial intelligence, digital sovereignty, sustainability and security are at the intersection of the most pressing contemporary 21st Century Politics problems.

MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development

In a world of transborder digital connections, with escalating social activism, fake news, cybercrime and artificial intelligence, digital sovereignty, sustainability and security are at the intersection of the most pressing contemporary 21st Century Politics problems.

The MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development explores power shifts, power diffusion, and evolving organisational structures in an increasingly interconnected society. Students will be able to explore sustainability and technology through specific courses and their choice of extended dissertation topic.

Award:

MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development

Location:

St Katharine Docks, London

Study mode:

Full-time or part-time

Duration:

One year (FT) or two years (PT)

Start date:

19th September 2022 (see term dates)

Annual tuition fees:

Home: £11,000 (FT) /£5,500 (PT)

International: £14,000 (FT) / £7,000 (PT)

Funding:

Postgraduate loan available 

Faculty & Research:

Politics and International Relations

Research

Programme Specifications:

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Summary

Contemporary International Relations (IR) faces two main challenges: the first relates to ecological sustainability and the second to digital spaces. Both challenges pose new power shifts, influences and organisational structures in an increasingly interconnected world. These challenges are often regarded separately, however they are both uniquely complex and multifaceted.  Read more

The MSc in Digital Politics and Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary programme, looking at how these two challenges interact and the unique approaches to tackle them. Drawing on political science, political theory, philosophy, and computer science, you will explore the increasingly urgent phenomena of social activism, fake news, cybercrime, artificial intelligence, and sustainability within a unique and compelling programme.

Programme Aims

MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development aims to:

  • to train in political science and international relations, including how to find sources, analyse and critique evidence, and evaluate the value of different sources
  • to develop an awareness and understanding of the different approaches to, and theories of sustainability and development, security, digital transition, and global citizenship in contemporary global politics
  • to give a thorough grounding in the discipline and practice of International Relations and to encourage critical evaluation of how the past is represented, constructed, debated, and contested in relation to the present and the future, in different settings, and at different unit levels of analysis
  • to give students an appreciation of the complexity of research within Political Science and International Relations

Structure

Teaching and learning strategies for the individual MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development courses will include a minimum of 12 hours of full-cohort lectures, alongside a minimum 5 hours of small group tutorials or seminars Read more

This programme will also include guest talks, workshops and study visits, as applicable.

Part-time study

The Masters programme can be taken part-time over two years. Part-time students attend the same classes as their full-time colleagues, taking 50% of the course load each academic year. The classes are not run separately in the evening for part-time students. Read more

While we try to make the part-time study as flexible as possible, our Master’s programmes are demanding and we advise students that, if they intend to work alongside the course, their work should be flexible.

Timetables

Timetables are usually made available to students during Freshers’ Week. Teaching can be scheduled to take place during any day of the week. However, when possible, Wednesday afternoons are usually reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Career Opportunities

MSc Digital Politics & Sustainable Development core modules and pathways will prepare graduates to step into decision-making and leadership roles in government, international and regional organisations, NGOs, think-tanks, consultancies and private sector companies that engage with issues such as sustainable development, cyber security, the digital economy, internet governance, policy analysis, risk analysis and risk management, forecasting and prediction.

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