The MSc International Relations (Research) is designed as a preparation for research work and includes methodology courses. The MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject. It is suitable if you plan to progress to a career that might have an international focus. It is not necessary to decide which programme you prefer until you submit your option choices in the Michaelmas term, normally in mid-October, unless you intend to apply for ESRC funding, in which case you will need to have decided to study the research programme and state this on your application form. If you do not apply for, or do not get, ESRC funding, it may be possible, depending on your choice of options, to change programmes up to the end of the first term of the course.
Core course: international politics and (for research track only) foundations of social research: quantitative analysis; fundamentals of research design; qualititative social research. Further 2 options (1 for research track) from a wide range; 10,000 word dissertation