Aston University

The University

Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston has a strong reputation for developing highly-skilled, sought-after, employable graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds. You will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups, to the University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals, and to University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy. Students at Aston become part of a vibrant, small and friendly community in the heart of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. There are students from over 120 countries studying at Aston living in a lively, safe, close-knit and friendly atmosphere. Aston Campus is based right in the city centre, so most things are within easy walking distance.

The Program

Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Studying modules on topics such as Religion and Global Politics, Security and Defence in Europe and International Political Communication and Leaders, students develop wide-ranging insights into political behaviour and skills in the critical analysis of contemporary political issues.

The programme is structured such that students spend their first year at Aston University and their second year at the University of Bamberg. After successful completion of their studies, graduates are awarded a Master of Arts in “Governance and International Politics” from Aston University and a Master of Arts in Political Science (with different specialisations available from the University of Bamberg.

Core modules of this programme are

  • International Relations
  • Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance

Elective Modules can be chosen from a wide range of subjects, for example

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Public Administration
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Asia-Europe Relations
  • Religion and Politics
  • International Security