You will submit a dissertation and undertake taught and generic research training modules. The programme is designed to be flexible, enabling to you conduct a 25,000 word research-based dissertation on a subject of your choice and choose 60 credits of postgraduate level modules in areas related to your research topic.
You can combine this work with specialist training from a wide range of options within the school and across the University, such as international relations, diplomacy, security studies, Asia-Pacific studies, British politics, European integration, comparative politics, political theory, and generic research methods training.
Politics and international relations research areas include:
- Asia and Pacific studies
- British politics
- China's governance and politics
- comparative politics
- conflict, security and terrorism
- international relations
- political ideologies
- political theory
- social and global justice
- social science research methodology
All applicants will be expected to pass an interview, to be conducted in person, via Skype or on the phone.
Find a supervisor
We organise 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 discipline's major sub-fields. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z. Ideally you should contact your proposed supervisor before applying.
2:1 (or international equivalent)
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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 the BBC, Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters, and the Thailand National Police Department.
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