The programme seeks to develop students' knowledge of the historical and political contexts - regional, national and European - in which the Northern Ireland Assembly operates; develop a detailed understanding among students of legislative practice through work-based learning in the Northern Ireland Assembly; and develop students' analytical, communication and research skills.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Politics, European Studies, International Studies, Philosophy or a cognate subject area.
Shortlisted applicants for the programme will be interviewed by a panel comprising the Programme Convenor, one or more other members of the School's academic staff, and representatives of the Secretariat at the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, normally by providing evidence of one of the following:
1 year full-time
Afternoon and evening.
Places on this pathway are funded by a bursary scheme provided by the Assembly Commission of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Two taught modules, one nine-month placement and a project/dissertation of 15,000 words. The two taught modules will be:
Ireland in Europe
The Government and Institutions of the Devolved Northern Ireland
Please note: the first semester module 'The Government and Institutions of the Devolved Northern Ireland' will be taught on Fridays, 3-5pm.
The programme involves full-time placements of four days per week from September to the end of May, plus attendance at weekly seminars, which will be scheduled during later afternoon or early evening.
Essays, exam, learning journals, themed report, portfolio, project/dissertation.
This new and innovative programme provides unique opportunities to combine academic study of contemporary politics with extensive practical knowledge of the workings of a legislative assembly. It draws on supervised work placements, expert teaching and independent research to produce uniquely qualified postgraduates.
The programme also serves as a perfect 'stepping stone' to a variety of careers, notably in the Civil Service, in politics, and in political consultancy, as well as further research.
One nine-month placement, four days per week, between September and May at the Northern Ireland Assembly.
last updated 26.10.11