Politics (MRes)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time 

Attendance

Four evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time, October to June 

This Master's degree in politics will develop your understanding of research methodologies and techniques in politics to an advanced level, enabling you to undertake your own independent research. It provides an intellectually stimulating guide to politics research and aims to develop your awareness of the essential requirements of in-depth research, including theory, design and methods. The programme also provides opportunities to explore substantive issues in the fields of political theory, political science, international relations and sociology.

Birkbeck's MRes degrees are recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the award of 1+3 studentships. These studentships are designed to fund students for a four-year full-time (or six-/seven-year part-time) programme of postgraduate study combining a taught Master's degree and a PhD.

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Highlights

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.
  • The programme allows you to follow your own interests, with a wide choice of option modules, while developing your research skills and undertaking a dissertation in an area that interests you.
  • The Department organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
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Course structure

You must successfully complete two compulsory research training modules (either Introduction to Quantitative Social Research or Intermediate Quantitative Social Research depending on your experience), two option modules and a self-directed dissertation.

Option modules are normally available in topics covering:

  • British, Russian, European and US government and politics
  • International relations and foreign policy
  • The politics of the Middle East
  • Globalisation and international political economy
  • Nationalism and ethno-religious conflict
  • Political behaviour and communication
  • Political sociology and political theory
  • Public policy ideas, practices and processes
  • Politics and religion
  • War, politics and society.
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Sample timetable

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