Taught course

Research Methods (International Relations)

Institution
Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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.

Core Modules:
  • Perspectives on Social Research
  • International Relations Theory.
Optional Modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science
  • Applied Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation.
Additional Optional Modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • 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
  • The Contemporary Politics of 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
  • Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
7400
International students
16500

Scholarships and funding

Eligible candidates can apply for (ESRC) (1+3) studentships.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Government and International Affairs
Email
sgia.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 334 5656