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MResInternational Relations

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £15,500.00 per year
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Overview

We live in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world where events that unfold on other continents can affect our lives very quickly. Sometimes politicians are able to work together in a search for solutions but disagreement, and even the possibility of conflict, never seems far away.

Our MRes International Relations is a two-year course, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA. You study modules on international relations and research methods across your two years, while developing a 35,000-word dissertation.

You are familiarised with the theories and conceptual tools used to analyse world politics, and explore how different theories and conceptual tools speak to contemporary debates and events. You also take modules on topics including:

- Forecasting global trends
- International security
- Research methods
- Research design
- Political theory

Our MRes International Relations offers excellent preparation for PhD research in this field, 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.

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Programme structure

Year 1

Theories of International Relations
Essex Summer School Module 30 Credits
Essex Summer School Module 30 Credits
Theory and Explanation in Political Science
Advanced Research Methods (optional)
Political Explanation (optional)
International Security Studies (optional)
Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
Environmental Politics (optional)
Conflict Resolution (optional)
Political Economy (optional)
Political Theory (optional)
Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
Research Design (optional)
Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)
Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)
Survey Measurement and Question Design (optional)
Comparative European Politics (optional)

Year 2

MRES Dissertation
Research Design
Applied Research Design
Political Economy (optional)
Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
Environmental Politics (optional)
International Security Studies (optional)
Conflict Resolution (optional)
Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)
Advanced Research Methods (optional)
Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
Political Explanation (optional)
Theories of International Relations (optional)
Political Theory (optional)
Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
Comparative European Politics (optional)
Theory and Explanation in Political Science (optional)
Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)

Career opportunities

An MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to succeed in a research degree. We offer supervision for PhD and MPhil in the following fields: government; ideology and discourse analysis; international relations; political behaviour; and politics.

Our academic reputation is illustrated by the fact that many of our graduates now teach or research at universities, colleges of higher education and schools. For example, recent graduates are now research fellows and academic staff at: Mannheim, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Duke University, USA; NATO/SHAPE, Belgium; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Other recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:

The Civil Service
Local government
The World Bank
The United Nations
NATO
YouGov and YouGov America

Apply now!
Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Pre-deadline
Dec 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States