Geopolitics

A carefully structured degree for those with an keen interest in geography and politics that allows you to combine modules taught by specialists in both areas

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Key Facts

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Degree

MA(Hons) Geopolitics

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

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Degree Overview

During your first two years you will get a solid grounding in key concepts in the two disciplines – from the level 1 Global Challenges module (Politics) to Dynamic Human Worlds: Society, Culture, Economy (Geography) and International Relations (Politics) at level 2. You will also be able to choose other subjects alongside your two core areas – from History to Psychology to a language, or a range of other subjects.

In your third and fourth years you will normally take an equally balanced number of more advanced modules in Politics (or International Relations) and Geography. Each lecturer focuses on teaching specialist areas in which they have an established track record of research.

In Politics and International Relations (P&IR) current optional modules cover Russian, Irish and Middle Eastern politics, nations and nationalism, political theories, human rights, and humanitarian intervention. Modules covering illegal drugs, gender and sexuality, environmental sustainability, and surveillance are also currently available. In your third year you must chose a Geography module from a specified list that allows you to emphasise either human or physical geography and at the same time develop your research skills.

In level 4 you can choose from the full range of modules available in both P&IR and Geography and, further emphasising the flexibility of the degree, whilst a dissertation is compulsory you can elect to take it in either of your two subjects.

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Important
  • This course will be taught by the Dundee School of Sciences

Why Study this Degree

Studying two disciplines in this structured, balanced way means Geopolitics graduates are comfortable with examining problems using different perspectives, making them well suited to problem-solving in a wide range of careers.

While you may not become a politician (though many of our students over the years have: as MPs, MSPs and MEPs), your degree will open up a range of opportunities in both the private and public sectors.

The skills - personal, verbal and written - that you will acquire can be easily transferred to many walks of life.

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.