Durham University

Durham University

Research Methods (International Relations)

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.

Entry requirements

2.1 or 1st at Honours level or the international equivalent. English language requirements includes an IELTS of 7.0 (with no component below 6.5) or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: perspectives on social research; international relations theory; dissertation. Optional modules: statistical exploration and reasoning; quantitative research methods in social science; applied statistics; qualitative research methods in social science; fieldwork and interpretation.; 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.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, examination (dependent upon which optional modules are chosen) and a 12,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone number: 
0191 334 5656