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MRES in International Relations

The structure of the MRes is similar to the Department’s MA programmes. Students take five taught modules in the Michaelmas and Lent terms and then go on to write a 15-20,000 word dissertation. The taught courses come partly from the Politics and International Relations MA modules and partly from courses offered as part of the Social Science Faculty’s Research Training Programme.

In most cases all five taught modules are compulsory – although a case can be made with the Postgraduate Director for one of them to be replaced with an optional module – see below.

Students normally take the following two core modules offered by the Department:

PPR410: Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations
PPR400: Theory and Methods

Plus the following three modules offered by the Faculty:

  • Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Science
  • Advanced Data Analysis and Computing for Social Research

However, on approval of the PG Director, and based on the student’s previous background and proposed path of research, one of the compulsory modules (either PPR410 or Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences) may be replaced by a different module chosen from those offered by the Department or, where appropriate, by a cognate department to reflect the student’s likely area of research.

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