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 (see here for examples). 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.
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.
- Theories of International Relations
- Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
One optional module from:
- Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
- Case Studies in British and EU Policy Making
- International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
- International Relations of the Middle East: Islam, Imperialism and State Formation
- Nationalism, Democracy and Cosmopolitanism
- Implementation and Evaluation
- Approaches to Political Economy
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective I: Historical Roots
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective II: Modern Politics and Society
- Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
- Issues in Democratisation
- Democracy in Plural Societies
- International Public Management
- Sub-Saharan Africa: States and Societies