Enhance your research skills and learn about key techniques to draw in-depth insights in a politics and international studies context.
With a primary focus on in-depth methods and approaches to quantitative and qualitative research, you’ll gain the essential skills to progress your studies or become a working researcher in the fields of politics and international studies.
You’ll learn about key techniques used in the analysis of large-scale data and how to present key insights and findings in an actionable way.
Alongside this, you’ll learn about key issues in the fields of politics and international studies, such as:
- human rights
- international justice
- global political economy
- international relations in the South and Central Asia region
Alongside developing your research skills, you will explore wide themes in politics and international studies through a variety of optional units.
This course is designed to provide high-quality training to potential doctoral students, as well as essential research skills that are desirable in a number of private and public sector roles.
South West Doctoral Training Partnership
This MRes is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right, or if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway.
If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand-alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply guidelines.
For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.
Read more about other funding that you may be eligible for.
Learn from experts in their field
You’ll learn from experts in politics and international studies. Their passion, knowledge and research shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience.
Gain important career skills
We work to provide you with the tools and support to prepare you for employment and further study.
This includes advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills, and bibliographic skills; and the use of appropriate technology to undertake tasks that use these skills.
There is increasing demand for high-level quantitative and qualitative research skills from a wide range of private and public sector recruiters.
Many firms and government departments are now committed to data-driven decision-making, making use of the increased availability of big data.
This course will equip you with a hybrid skill set that combines quantitative, computing and analytical skills with an understanding of political and international development research and enquiry.
This MRes also equips you to go into further study at PhD level.