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School of Government & International Affairs

M1K807 Research Methods (Politics and International Relations) MA

Degree MA
Year of Entry 2016
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Location Durham City
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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
  • Dissertation.

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
  • International Theory
  • International System
Additional Optional Modules:
  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe
  • 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
  • Politics, Government and Civil Society in 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
  • Theories of Captialism
  • Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages

Subject requirements, level and grade

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

How to apply

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Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,000.00
Home Student £7,000.00
Island Student £7,000.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

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Scholarships and funding

This degree is designed for high calibre graduates who intend to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics or International Relations and need to acquire all-round training in research methods and methodologies in the political and social sciences. The object is to equip students with comprehension of basic principles of research design and strategy.

This MA programme is specifically focused to provide research training. It is assumed that students taking this MA do so with the intention of proceeding to a PhD. It has received official recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and eligible candidates can apply for (ESRC) (1+3) studentships. Anyone proposing to do this should apply as early as possible in order to meet the ESRC deadlines.