The MRes 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 to 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.
Areas of supervision
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
- Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.
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Last updated December 30, 2015