MRes Politics and International Relations

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MRes Politics and International Relations

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

The MRes is a course that offers general research training for those intending to pursue a PhD or a career that requires research skills. On an MRes course you will submit a dissertation, undertake generic research training and have the option to take some relevant taught modules.

The MRes is a one year full-time or two years part-time course that gives students the opportunity to pursue a programme of independent study in a specialist subject of their choice.

The programme structure is designed to allow students to undertake a flexible and enjoyable research project. The core of the degree is a 30,000-35,000-word research based dissertation.

There is a possibility to combine this work with specialist training in a chosen subject area (International Relations, Diplomacy, Security Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, European Integration, Comparative Politics, Political Theory) from among a wide range of options available in this and other schools, and generic research methods training.

The School of Politics and International Relations is proud of its wide-ranging expertise to supervise PhD topics covering the three major sub-fields of comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Each student is allocated two academic supervisors.


School facilities

In addition to the IT facilities provided by the University, the school offers all full-time postgraduate research students registered with the school their own workspace in rooms designated for use by research students. Students are provided with computer, printing and photocopying facilities and are given a generous printing and photocopying allowance.

Library facilities

The Hallward Library stocks a large number of politics and international relations related publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers.

The Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre is a space exclusively for postgraduate students and research staff in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. It offers networked computer stations and Wi-Fi access for laptops, a study area, a social area with comfortable seating, a quiet study zone, and kitchen facilities.

Doctoral Training Centre

The Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC) is one of just 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council and supports students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The Centre offers advanced training opportunities to postgraduate social science researchers.

Research support


The school runs a weekly colloquium for postgraduate research students giving students the opportunity to present their work in front of other research students and staff with similar research interests to their own.

Research seminars

The school runs research seminars for staff and postgraduate research students. Students are required to become members of one or more of the school's research centres. The research centres offer a wide programme of workshops, reading groups, talks and conferences.

Teaching experience

In view of a possible future career in academia, postgraduate research students are encouraged to undertake some undergraduate teaching in their second and/or third year of postgraduate research. The University's Graduate School runs training sessions related to teaching - students who wish to teach are requested to attend a number of these during their first year of postgraduate research study.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support, information and specialist services to enhance your student experience and form part of a comprehensive network of services at the University designed to support you throughout your studies, including academic and disability support, counselling, financial support, and childcare services.

International Office

Our International Office is dedicated to the needs of our international and EU students. The International Office will ensure you have all the information you need to live and study at Nottingham and offers a Welcome Programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

The University's Centre for English Language Education (CELE) provides high-quality preparation and English language support before and during your studies, as well as providing a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They also deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their Researcher Development Programme. This means that as well as helping you to develop your research skills, you will have opportunities spanning communication skills, careers, time management, and entrepreneurship - and the chance to meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.

Find a supervisor

We organise our research around our centres and institutes and are proud of the wide ranging expertise of our staff who are able to supervise topics covering the three major sub-fields of comparative politics, international relations and political theory.


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 92.9% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,409 with the highest being £29,000.*

Career destinations for our graduates include economists, management consultants, researchers, statisticians and university lecturers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone to work for include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 700 careers events held each academic year
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

Once you are a student with us, and even after you graduate, you will have access to our service for life.

Flexible paid placements

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham offers flexible paid placements with a range of employers from small local businesses to multinational organisations. These placements are open to all postgraduates and are designed to fit in with your studies and give you the opportunity to learn transferable skills, improve your CV and enhance your employment prospects during your postgraduate studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
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Sept. 2017
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4,121 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Price 4,121 GBP
HEU fees: £4,121, International fees: £14,850