School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
This programme provides you with both the essential skills and the advanced knowledge and understanding to enable you to proceed to doctoral research. The research training provided will also be valuable for many non-academic careers.This programme, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master's plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies, focuses on the development of the skills necessary to undertake research in the social sciences in general, and politics in particular.You take compulsory modules (100 credits) in: introduction to information skills; thinking about research û puzzles, paradoxes and problems; qualitative methodology in the social sciences; quantitative methodology in the social sciences; theories and approaches in the study of politics; concepts and methods in political research; dissertation preparation.You also select one optional module (20 credits). Optional modules may include: the European Union as an international actor; democracy in divided societies û ethnicity, power sharing and international mediation; Africa û the politics of international development; international relations theory; the state in the international political economy; integration in Europe; public policy in the European Union; American foreign policy; the politics of global change; theories and theorists of international political economy; political philosophy of international relations; transitional justice. Finally, you complete a research project, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).Teaching and learning take place in workshops and practical classes, lectures, seminars, team-based problem-solving groups and in supervisory meetings of research papers and the dissertation.
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