University of Essex

University of Essex

International Relations

Our MRes International Relations is a two-year programme, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA. In Theories of International Relation you will be familiarised with theories and conceptual tools used to analyse world politics and explore how different theories and conceptual tools speak to contemporary debates and events. You will also take modules in political theory, research methods and research design across your two years. In the summer of your first year you will take advanced research modules. You take an optional module in your first year and you may have an optional module in your second year, depending on your prior research ability to beginning the course. You will also write a 35,000 word dissertation. Our MRes International Relations offers excellent preparation for PhD research in this field combining modules covering all aspects of international relations with additional training in research design and research methods. You learn how to develop theories, conduct research, and explore the empirical implications of theoretical models using the most appropriate empirical methods. From the very beginning, we invite you to work on your own research, which prepares you for further study at PhD level.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a good degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science like politics, international relations, economics, political economy or sociology. Degrees from other subjects may be considered where there is evidence of some mathematical training, statistical background and relevant work experience, although you will be required to submit a personal statement with your application form. If English is not your first language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Year 1 core modules: theories of international relations; theory and explanation in political science; advanced research methods; political explanation. Optional modules: advanced research methods; comparative European politics; conflict resolution; contemporary theories of justice; ideology and political discourse; international environmental politics; international security studies; political economy; political explanation; political parties in Britain and Europe; political theory; public opinion and political behaviour; research design; research seminar in political theory and methods; survey measurement and question design; theories of international relations; theory and explanation in political science.
Year 2 core modules: dissertation; applied research design; research design. Compulsory with options modules: advanced research methods; comparative European politics; conflict resolution; ideology and political discourse; international environmental politics; international security studies; political economy; political explanation; political parties in Britain and Europe; political theory; public opinion and political behaviour; research design; research seminar in political theory and methods; theories of international relations; theory and explanation in political science.

Assessment methods

Assessment for modules taught by the Department of Government includes written coursework, assignments, end of term tests and an exam at the end of the year.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time GBP 7,950 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MRes Full-time GBP 7,950 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 months
MRes Full-time GBP 7,950 per Whole course (Wales) 24 months
MRes Full-time GBP 7,950 per Whole course (England) 24 months
MRes Full-time GBP 15,500 per Whole course (International) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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