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Courses

L2K707 Research Methods (International Relations) MA Postgraduate Taught  2017

Essentials

Degree MA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 02/10/2017
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/sgia
Email sgia.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5656

Course Content

Description

This degree is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies. It is assumed that in taking this MA, you do so with the intention of proceeding to a PhD in Politics or International Relations. It has received official recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and eligible candidates can apply for (ESRC) (1+3) studentships. The programme includes compulsory elements in a wide variety of techniques including statistics and quantitative methods, but contains less subject-specific content than the other MA courses.

Core Modules:

  • Perspectives on Social Research
  • International Relations Theory. 

Optional Modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science
  • Applied Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation.
Additional Optional Modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850
  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
  • European Security
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
  • The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia
  • Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • Human Rights
  • Political Ideology
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
  • Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages.

Course Learning and Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning.

The 180 credits one-year MA degree programme is divided into one core and seven/eight optional modules. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 45 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation.

Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another.

All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need.

SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system.

SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies.

Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,400.00
Home Student £7,400.00
Island Student £7,400.00
International non-EU Student £16,500.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Career Opportunities

School of Government and International Affairs

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies, UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

Department Information

School of Government and International Affairs

Overview

Durham’s School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) combines a long tradition of expertise in a wide range of fields in politics, political theory, political economy, and international relations with a depth of specialisms in regional expertise – Europe, East Asia, USA, the Middle East and wider Muslim world. SGIA provides an exceptional environment for learning, training and research.

We have a thriving cosmopolitan student community, currently there are students from over 50 different countries studying here. Our postgraduate community is substantial with over 100 students taking our Taught Masters courses in 2014/15.

Ranking

71% of the department’s research is either Internationally Excellent’ (3*) or World Leading (4*) – the top two categories in REF 2014.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/sgia