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Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security)

Durham University

12 months
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21360 GBP/year
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The Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security) MA course offered by Durham University is designed to provide a strong all round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the fields of politics, international relations and security for those intending to go on to register for a PhD.

Overview

Description

This Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security) MA course at Durham University is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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

The 180 credits one-year MA degree is divided into two core and two optional modules of 30 credits each. Furthermore, you will have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and you will spend the remaining time writing your dissertation.

PGT modules involve a range of different modes of delivery, but are largely based around lectures, seminars and other forms of active learning activities. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum. Each module is build around 300 hours of learning, a large portion of which is independent reading and preparation. Class contact hours are all above 20 hours per module, with the exception of the dissertation, and are spread across the 12 teaching weeks in the academic calendar.  Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations or other activities — the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another.

All modules include a formative assessment to help you prepare for summative assignments by allowing you to identify what aspects of your work you are doing well on and which areas require improvement. You are encouraged to make appointments with the course lecturers to discuss module content, and after you have received it, any feedback on your work.

Typically summative assessments are around 3000 words, but these vary based on learning outcomes, assessment type, and module design. Some modules may be assessed by examination. The majority of coursework involves independent reading and written assignments, but you will have the opportunity to discuss course material as well either through presentations or class discussions.  You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor, who will also act as your academic advisor, and is someone you can consult throughout the year for general academic support, in addition to dissertation supervision.

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

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

Programme Structure

Course StructureCore modules:  

  • Ideologies and Political Thought 
  • Designing Political Inquiry 
  • International Relations Theory OR International Organisation
  • Dissertation.
Examples of optional modules:

You will choose one option (which may include the following):

  • Global Governance 
  • Global Political Theory
  • Debating the European Union
  • The Politics of East Asia
  • International Politics of the Middle East

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.
  • Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21360 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • Home students     £4,800 per year
  • EU students     £11,800 per year
  • Island students     £4,800 per year
  • International students     £11,800 per year

Living costs for Durham

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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