Welsh Politics and Society (Research Training)

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Course Code L299ER
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  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. It complements the development of the WISERD-Centre for Welsh Politics and Society at Aberystwyth University as a world-leading research centre on contemporary political, social and economic issues of relevance to Wales with its core members drawn from the Department of International Politics, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Department of History and Welsh History. The scheme will equip postgraduate students with a strong grounding in the historical, cultural, socio-economic and political context of contemporary Wales; critical engagement with key intellectual debates regarding Wales’ politics, society and history; knowledge of the constitutional arrangements and institutional structures which shape devolved government and policy-making in Wales, and an understanding of the broader UK and European context and trends in territorial politics, regional policy and governance.  It also places a strong emphasis on enhancing employability and work-based learning. 

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Key Facts


One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.

Contact Time:

Approximately 12-14 hours a week in the first two semesters.  During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation.  It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Entry Requirements:

An Honours degree (Class 2 division 1) or equivalent, plus two satisfactory references. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis via interview.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.


This degree provides students with an introduction to the advanced study of Welsh Politics.  In particular, the programme is designed to facilitate a critical awareness of the broader context within which contemporary Welsh politics exists.  It focuses on the political, economic, cultural and social context of politics in Wales today as well as the key institutions and actors in contemporary Welsh political life.  This degree is taught in both English and Welsh.

The core modules are currently as follows:

  • Wales: Politics and Society
  • Devolution and the National Assembly for Wales

Optional Modules

Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Qualification: Masters in Welsh Politics and Society

This degree will suit you:

  • If you want to study Welsh Politics at Masters level
  • If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of Welsh politics in society
  • If you wish to nurture a career in politics within Wales 
  • If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer


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 political, economic, cultural and social context of politics in Wales today as well as the key institutions and actors in contemporary Welsh political life. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Key Skills and Competencies

Study Skills

Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable Skills

The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts.  Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.