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Political Activism and Campaigning, MSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
12-24 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Political Activism and Campaigning, MSc

This programme explores political activism, movements and campaigns, from community-based action to global movements like Me Too and Black Lives Matter. It examines how and why campaign activism is on the rise, the forms it takes, and the factors that determine success or failure in a rapidly changing world.

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body.

Applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience appropriate to the field of study. Also taken into careful consideration is the trajectory of results, an applicant without an Overall 2.1 but with 2.1 results in their final two years of study may be admitted.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Program content

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Political activism, campaigns and movements in modern democratic times
  • Peace/disarmament campaigns

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Democratic political campaigns (political parties)
  • Communication technologies and campaigning

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

  • Dissertation for Political Activism and Campaigning

Tuition fees

  • EU / International Students: £19,400
  • Home / RUK: £9,200

Career opportunities

The programme combines theoretical and empirical investigation with policy-focused international case study analysis. It is particularly relevant to those keen to work in the public sector, the third sector, or in non-governmental organisations, at a local or international level. It also provides a potential route into PhD study of politics and the social sciences.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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Contact info

University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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