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MRes in International Relations

Key Information

Start date: September 2015

Programme duration: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time) 

Fees (2014/15 entry): £6,250 (Home/EU); £13,500 (International).

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Entry requirements

 o A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline.

 o IELTS 7.0 or equivalent is required. For further information about our  English language requirements click here.

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An MRes (Master of Research) is similar to an MA (Master of Arts). The key difference is that you take Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in lieu of one of the optional modules. An MRes is highly valued by employers as it provides core skills that are useful for many politics-related career paths.  It is also highly recommended for anyone intending to pursue further research in their chosen careers, through employment and/or through undertaking a higher research degree such as a PhD

MRes Programme structure

Students must undertake three taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

Contact hours


Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.


Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Why study with us?

  • Queen Mary is a member of The Russell Group which represents the leading UK universities committed to the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector
  • The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary was rated amongst the top 20 Politics departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Taught by research active faculty members who are responding to the very latest global events.
  • An internationally diverse staff and student body.
  • Close to the heart of UK politics, the School enjoys close links to practitioners in London

Programme Outline

The core module for this programme is:



The compulsory modules for this programme are:

Theories of International Relations
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods


You will also select one elective modules from the following:

 Globalisation and the International Political Economy of DevelopmentInternational Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
Implementation and EvaluationGlobal Politics of Health
Case studies in EU Policy-making 



Further Information

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